Rosario Dawson on DOPESICK, the Opioid Crisis and Representing – Leslie Combemale interviews.

Cast as a crusading DEA Agent in Dopestick, Rosario Dawson comments on the opioid crisis: I think this show, and why we’re in DC pushing it, is about the fact that we are not just trying to entertain people. We want this to be something that profoundly changes the game. You could feel it from every single person in the crew, because I have family and friends who have succumbed to the opioid crisis. 2020 had a record high of overdoses, and 75% of those overdoses were opioids. So we need to do something about it, and hopefully the show motivates people to do just that.

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Ann Dowd on MASS, Forgiveness and Motherhood – Leslie Combemale interviews

Ann Dowd is one of four in the ensemble cast of the new film Mass, written and directed by Fran Kranz. In it, two couples, Gail and Jay (played by Martha Plimpton and Jason Isaacs) meet with Linda and Richard (Dowd and renowned stage actor Reed Birney) and talk about their sons, both of whom died as the result a school shooting. Linda and Richard’s son was the shooter. Their meeting, which in Mass unfolds in real time, reveals their shared grief and complicated emotions. As parents, guilt looms large, and forgiveness, of each other and of themselves, may or may not happen as part of the proceedings.

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Cinematographer Ari Wegner to Receive TIFF Variety Artisan Award – Alexandra Heller-Nicholas reports

Although not quite a household name, Ari Wegner, the celebrated Australian cinematographer has just been announced as the recipient of the TIFF Variety Artisan Award at this year’s TIFF Tribute Awards speaks of just how respected she is in the industry itself. With one of her most recent projects – Janicza Bravo’s Zola – premiering at Sundance earlier this year and picked up by prestigious distributor A24, the calibre of Wegner’s work largely speaks for itself, with her films screening internationally at big-name festivals including Cannes, Locarno, Berlin, Rotterdam and Tribeca.

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Director Sara Colangelo on the Ensemble and the Moral Conundrum of WORTH – Leslie Combemale interviews

Based on the memoir What is Life Worthby Ken Feinburg, the lawyer in charge of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, Worth is a fictionalized behind-the-scenes look at how dollar values were assigned to relieve the personal tragedies suffered by those who lost loved ones in the Twin Tower calamity. Starring Michael Keaton as Feinberg, the film is the third feature for director Sara Colangelo, who speaks about its serious theme and brilliant stars.

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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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