Dale Dickey sings A LOVE SONG, talks being Tough and Soft – Pamela Powell interviews

The scene-stealing supporting actress Dale Dickey finally lands in the limelight as the leading lady in A Love Song. Dickey and co-star Wes Studi play characters who experience the uncertainties of love in later life in writer-director Max Walker-Silverman’s first feature, one of this year’s most thought-provoking, evocative and quietly sublime movies. Here, Dickey talks about the burden of carrying the film as it’s lead, about the pressures and pleasures of acting during the height of the pandemic — and she delves into what her character, Faye, means to her.

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Julie Cohen and Betsy West on GABBY GIFFORDS WON’T BACK DOWN – Pamela Powell interviews

In what is a very intimate portrait of an extraordinarily strong woman, Cohen and West capture former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Gifford’s warmth and humor as well as her inspiring determination to recover from a terrorist’s gunshot wound to her head. The filmmakers chatted with Pamela Powell about making the film, getting to know Gabby Giffords and helping her to reach her goals.

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Hannah Marks and Mia Isaacs on DON’T MAKE ME GO – Pamela Powell interviews

Don’t Make Me Go is an extraordinarily smart, uplifting and heartfelt movie that combines coming of age tropes with unusual roadtrip elements as it revolves around a truly loving father and daughter relationship that’s put under severe pressure because of health issues. Mia Isaacs plays the teenage daughter of single parent Jon Cho, and their family chemistry shimmers on the screen as they drive across the US. racing to forge a plan for the future. AWFJ’s Pam Powell, who cheers this film as her favorite of the year, claimed the absolute pleasure of sitting down with Marks and Isaacs to discuss the film and the highlights of making it.

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THE DESPERATE HOUR – Review by Pamela Powell

The unthinkable yet possible is happening. Recently widowed mom Amy (Naomi Watts), still coping with the aftereffects of her husband’s death particularly as it impacts her teenage son Noah (Colton Gobbo), receives the news that there is an active shooter at the high school. Her actions and reactions spiral out of control taking what starts as a chilling moment in time, and turning it into a preposterous one.

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Mariama Diallo on Ghosts, Empowerment and MASTER (Sundance FF 2022) – Pamela Powell interviews

Writer/Director Mariama Diallo’s gripping first feature, Master, is a horror tale centering on the experiences of a Black young woman who is enrolled at a New England college with a predominantly White student body. Receiving many accolades at it’s Sundance 2022 premiere, the film has been picked up for distribution via Amazon Prime Video beginning March 18, 2022. Diallo discusses all the real-life inspiration that lead her to tell this haunting tale.

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YOU WON’T BE ALONE (Sundance FF 2022) – Review by Pamela Powell

Writer and director Goran Stolevski’s poetic horror film is both visually and intellectually captivating as we watch a young girl transform herself into others, awaiting a chance to find love and happiness. We see the world and the people through her innocent eyes even as the inadvertent gory violence occurs.

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Riley Stearns on Female Leads, Dueling and DUAL (Sundance FF 2022) – Pamela Powell interviews

The 2022 Sundance Film Festival is in a virtual mode again this year. On the upside, everyone has access to purchasing tickets to an event that was once rather exclusionary, limited to those who could attend the festival in the quaint town of Park City, Utah. The film Dual, written and directed by Riley Stearns, is a part of the 2022 Sundance Film Festival’s US Dramatic Competition category. Here’s what he has ti say about writing a female lead, the Covid challenge and Dual.

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Rebecca Hall on PASSING, Family Identity and Heritage – Pamela Powell interviews

Passing, having premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, is taking its turn with a theater run before its arrival on Netflix, November 10. Rebecca Hall’s first-time writing and directing feature film is based on the 1929 novel of the same name by Nella Larsen. The story resonated personally with Hall who recently sat down to talk about the making of this film, sharing intimate glimpses into her struggles with her own family’s identity and proudly recognizing her heritage.

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MASS – Review by Pam Powell

If you don’t know the name Fran Kranz, you soon will. While this actor has a healthy resume, it’s his sharp eye for story telling that most assuredly will catapult this first-time writer and director into the stratosphere with his writing and directorial debut of Mass starring Ann Dowd, Jason Isaacs, Martha Plimpton, and Reed Birney. With a keen ear for dialogue, a skilled eye, and deft direction of this passionate ensemble cast, the result is one of the most harrowingly complex and captivating films in recent memory.

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