Emma Tammi Talks THE WIND and Female Focus – Brandy McDonnell interviews

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Emma Tammi’s feature film directorial debut “The Wind” opens with a visceral, gruesome and distinctly feminine image: A plainswoman emerging from her frontier cabin, the front of her gown covered in blood and her arms holding a bundled baby.

“One of the things that really drew me to the opening was that it was so bold. And I thought, ‘If we’re gonna set the mood for what is certainly in the first half of the film is a pretty slow burn with something as graphic and gory, it should still have the stillness of imagery to really let us focus … and really let us settle in that moment on the characters,” Tammi told me in a recent phone interview. Continue reading on THE WEEK IN WOMEN

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Brandy McDonnell

Brandy McDonnell writes features and reviews movies, music, events and the arts for The Oklahoman, Oklahoma's statewide newspaper, and NewsOK.com, the state's largest news Web site. Raised on a farm near Lindsay, Okla., she started her journalism career in seventh grade, when she was elected reporter for her school's 4-H Club. Taking her duties seriously, she began submitting stories to The Lindsay News, and worked for the local weekly through high school. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she worked for The Daily O'Collegian and earned her journalism degree with honors. She worked for three years at small Oklahoma dailies The Edmond Sun and Shawnee News-Star. In 2002, she joined The Oklahoman as a features reporter, writing about movies, the arts, events, families and nonprofits. She moved to The Oklahoman's entertainment desk in 2007. In 2004, she won a prestigious Journalism Fellowship in Child & Family Policy from the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Along with her membership in AWFJ, she also is a founding member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle. Brandy writes The Week In Women blog for AWFJ.org.