MICKEY SUMNER on WITH/in, iPhone filmmaking and Trudie Styler – Jennifer Merin interviews

Mickey Sumner’s I’m Listening was shot in response to Maven Screen Media’s WITH/IN short film initiative for Tribeca Film Festival 2021. The directive was simple: Using an iPhone and whatever’s easily at your disposal, shoot a short film dealing with quarantine life in 2020. It’s not as if there wasn’t a surplus of storytelling angles, themes and emotions available, considering how much everyone’s lives changed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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MELODY HURD on FATHERHOOD, childhood acting and success – Leslie Combemale interviews

Nine year old actor Melody Hurd plays Kevin Hart ‘s daughter in Fatherhood, based Matt Logelin’s memoir about the challenges of single parenthood and grief after his wife died only hours after his daughter was born. Leslie Combemale asked the enthusiastic young actor a few questions about performing in her first feature film.

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JULIE DELPY on MY ZOE, Motherhood, DNA and Touching – Jeanne Wolf interviews (Exclusive)

Julie Delpy doesn’t like like to be thought of as a movie star, but the problem is she is so electrifying as an actress that we have to think that way. It began with her first role at 14 in Godard’s The Detective. Then there was the Three Colors trilogy and the enduringly popular trilogy Before Sunrise and Before Sunset and Before Midnight. She actually co-wrote the last one. Julie is, as we are reminded in her latest feature, Zoe, a talented writer and director.

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Karen Day on BAMBOO & BARBED WIRE, Idaho and Social Justice – April Neale interviews

Karen Day’s Bamboo and Barbed Wire is an all-American horror story. During World War II, the Minidoka internment camp, located just outside of Twin Falls, Idaho, became home to Japanese-American families ripped from their real homes on the West coast. Their story of sacrifice and this chronicling of the injustices they suffered is a solid call to action for concerned Americans who never want the past to repeat itself.

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Maria Sødahl on HOPE, Survival and Filmmaking – Loren King interviews

With her stunning drama Hope, Norwegian writer/director Maria Sødahl artfully uses a woman’s cancer diagnosis as the portal though which she examines nothing less than life, loss, marriage and mortality. Hope is deeply personal: Sødahl’s own cancer diagnosis forced her to take a nine-year hiatus from filmmaking after her acclaimed debut, Limbo, set in 1970s Trinidad. About four years ago, as Sødahl found herself ready to write again, her life-altering experience was something she simply could not avoid exploring in a script.

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Lynn Novick on HEMINGWAY, the Myth and Women – April Neale interviews

PBS brings Hemingway to the small screen beginning on April 5, told in three episode series. Award-winning filmmakers Lynn Novick and Ken Burns’ latest documentary series features one of America’s most famous authors, Ernest Hemingway. The film spans the author’s lifetime, from Hemingway’s early days as a boy discovering the natural world with his father, to his early journalism career before becoming America’s most famous, modern 20th century author.

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Emily Cohen Ibanez on FRUITS OF LABOR and Agricultural Child Labor (SXSW21) – Sarah Knight Adamson Interviews

The insightful film Fruits of Labor focuses on California Central Coast’s rich soil, the beautiful nature of the area, and the laborers who work the fields. Ashley, an energetic, vibrant teen, works in those fields to help provide for the family. Filmmaker Emily Cohen Ibanez met her when she was 15 years old—two years later, she filmed her senior year of High School, documenting her struggles of balancing school and her farm work.

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Wendy Morgan on SUGAR DADDY – Jennifer Merin interviews

Some films jump off the screen to announce the arrival of vital new talent. Such is the case with Canadian filmmaker Wendy Morgan’s Sugar Daddy, starring Kelly McCormack in a tour de force performance as Darren, a new age music composer and performer who is trying to break into the record industry. McCormack also wrote the script. Sugar Daddy received its premiere at the Whistler Film Festival 2020, where it was the opening night film, and it has now been selected as AWFJ’s Movie of the Week for April 2, 2021.

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