Peter Hedges Talks Julia Roberts, Drug Use and BEN IS BACK – Nell Minow interviews

Peter Hedges wrote and directed Ben is Back,”with his son Lucas Hedges in the title role of a recovering addict who unexpectedly comes home for Christmas. His mother, played by Julia Roberts, welcomes him with joy but immediately hides all of the medicine and jewelry in the house. The mingled emotions of love, apprehension, panic, and anger play out as Ben’s past comes back to haunt him and the whole family.

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Filmmaker Elizabeth Chomko on WHAT THEY HAD, Inspiration and Sundance Incubation – Nell Minow interviews

First-time writer/director Elizabeth Chomko is an actress, so her sense of story, tone, and pacing are strong in What They Had, inspired by her family’s experiences when her grandmother developed dementia, Chomko talks about filming in Chicago,and how working with support programs for first-time filmmakers at Sundance helped shape her work without taking away from her own vision.

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Filmmaker Dianne Dreyer talks CHANGE IN THE AIR – Nell Minow interviews

Dianne Dreyer is a first-time director but an experienced filmmaker. Her new film is the delicate, touching Change in the Air, starring Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’s Rachel Brosnahan. Dreyer has 56 IMDB previous credits as “miscellaneous crew,” and her jobs on movies have ranged from script supervisor to co-producer, In an interview, Dreyer speaks about what she learned on movie sets, about creating one of the most extraordinary images in any film this year, and why even in the digital age old-fashioned letters on paper still matter,

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Director Lisa D’Apolito Chats LOVE, GILDA — Nell Minow interviews

In her new documentary, Love Gilda, filmmaker Lisa Dapolito pays tribute to and chronicles the life and career of beloved comedian Gilda Radner, who died of cancer at age 44.. In this interview, Dapolito talks about getting to know Radner through her diaries and recordings, about Radner’s influence on some of today’s brightest talents and about creating a new generation of Radner fans.

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MOVIE OF THE WEEK February 2, 2018: A FANTASTIC WOMAN

motw logo 1-35Chile’s Oscar-nominated “A Fantastic Woman” is a twist on 1950’s movies about women in torture who often felt invisible, as though all that concerned them was good housekeeping. In this film, our heroine is a trans woman, played by a trans actress, Daniela Vega, who is struggling to be seen for who she is and all that she is. Continue reading…

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