SPOTLIGHT May 2018: Jessica Thompson, Indie Filmmaker, THE LIGHT OF THE MOON

awfj spotlight black little When Jessica Thompson won the 2017’ SXSW Audience Award for her gritty debut drama The Light of the Moon, she wasn’t exactly expecting it. “I didn’t think it was funny enough,” she said of the film, a New York story that follows a woman as she grapples with the aftermath of a brutal rape. While the subject matter is dark, Thompson’s critically acclaimed film approaches it with subtlety and humor. Continue reading…

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Anne Heche on Cedar Rapids, Comedy and Being A Redhead – Jenny Halper interviews

When Miguel Arteta’s broadly, sweetly funny Cedar Rapids opens Friday, Anne Heche, who stars as the sole woman in a group of misbehaving insurance agents, might finally get her nationwide due as the gifted comedian she’s technically been for the last fifteen years. Heche is best known for TV now, but her very different roles include a political aide to Robert De Niro, a superficial journalist stuck on an island with a smitten Harrison Ford, a frantic lawyer trying to save Joaquin Phoenix from death, and a young shrink with cold feet in Nicole Holofcener’s debut Walking and Talking. Offscreen she’s also a writer, director and mother of two.

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Juliette Lewis On Movies and Music – Jenny Halper interviews

The most striking thing about actress and rocker Juliette Lewis is that she’s so wonderfully herself, whether she’s calling an audience her own “band of misfits” or describing her affinity for empathy – a trait that shows up in all her onscreen work. Lewis was eighteen when she turned in an Oscar nominated performance opposite Robert DeNiro in Cape Fear. Since then she’s played a spectrum of innocence to insanity: from Woody Allen’s muse (Husbands and Wives) to Oliver Stone’s young killer (Natural Born Killers), from a mildly retarded girl falling in love in The Other Sister to the dreamy, sensible, saving grace in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.

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Anthony Edwards on Jogging, Filmmaking and Philanthropy – Jenny Halper interviews

Upon finishing his eight year starring stint on television’s popular ER series, Anthony Edwards took his wife and children on a trip around the world. While they were visiting Kenya, Edwards went for a jog with a young Masai Warrior named Lettura. “That jog sparked an idea,” says Edwards. “I thought, if Lettura loves running, why doesn’t he come to run the marathon in New York?” And that thought sparked the idea for a documentary about dual assimilations. With good friends behind the camera, Edwards returned to Kenya to record his own eye-opening interactions with Lettura’s family and friends, and Lettura’s journey to New York City, where he ran his first marathon and, in doing so, raised hundreds of thousands of dollars towards building a children’s hospital in Kenya.

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Vera Farmiga Chats About “Up In The Air” – Jenny Halper Interviews

Vera Farmiga has an astonishing ability to transform herself completely. In the past few years, she’s played a worn-out drug addict, a cop shrink, a depressed young mom, and the carefully coiffed wife of a Nazi Commandant, to name a few. In Jason Reitman’s Up in the Air, she stars as a confident frequent flyer who happens to be George Clooney’s leading lady – and has more control over their on-the-run relationship than he does.

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