Amy Goldstein and Anouchka van Riel on KATE NASH: UNDERESTIMATE THE GIRL- Betsy Bozdech interviews

Since graduating from NYU film school, Amy Goldstein has spent her career behind the camera directing everything from music videos to critically acclaimed shorts and award-winning features. Her most recent project is a documentary that tracks the roller coaster career of British rocker Kate Nash, who first shot to fame in the MySpace era and now co-stars on Netflix’s hit series GLOW.

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Alexandra Serio Talks TINGLE MONSTERS and ASMR Horror – Liz Whittemore interviews

Tingle Monsters is a short film that tackles online abuse in a new and frightening way through the gaze of horror and Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (aka ASMR), the popular YouTube phenomenon. An ASMR artist uses whispers into sensitive microphones or make intense noises by tapping on the microphone to cause a sensation often referred to as ‘tingles,’ a sort of euphoria. Alexandra Serio’ terrifying tale pulls from personal experience that reveal the gross culture of individuals hiding behind a keyboard.

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Filmmaker Marie Clements on RED SNOW – Marina Antunes interviews

Canadian artist Marie Clements’ career spans decades and includes acting, writing and directing in theatre, television and film. As a writer and filmmaker for screen media, she has worked in both scripted and unscripted entertainment and has developed the skills to tell nearly any story.

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Maria Schrader on UNORTHODOX, Directing and Global Influence – Loren King interviews

Coming from the art house film world where small indies struggle for attention an audiences, Berlin-based actor/director Maria Schrader marvels at Netflix’s instant global reach. “I realized how in an instant [it creates] buzz in many countries and then suddenly everyone is watching. This is actually the most incredible thing — that women wearing burkas are seeing [Unorthodox] in Arabic countries. It is amazing.”

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Neasa Hardiman Talks SEA FEVER – Marina Antunes interviews

The time is always right for a creature movie. In good times it’s fun to get cozy with a loved one and get a little frightened together. In bad times, it’s reassuring to see people working together to defeat a common evil. The most effective are stories that focus on an individual’s motivation and how their decisions affect themselves and the outside world. In Sea Fever, Neasa Hardiman has a lot to say about that.

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Eliza Hittman on NEVER, RARELY, SOMETIMES, ALWAYS – Nell Minow interviews

Writer/director Eliza Hittman did a lot of research for her film about a teenager who has to go to another state for an abortion, Never Rarely Sometimes Always. The authenticity of the story is deeply felt throughout the film. In an interview, Hittman talked about taking the literal journey she would later show her characters on, why stories about teenagers are so compelling, and what her “dream world” would be for access to reproductive health care.

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Michelle O’Reilly talks Arcana Studios, Animation and Graphic Novels – Marina Antunes interviews

Being a woman in two under-represented industries, comics and animation, is no easy feat, but Michelle O;Reilly takes it all in stride, and she takes full advantage of whatever opportunities she can to close the gender gap. “We try really hard, especially within the studio, to give women opportunities in any way we can.”

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Andrea Stefancikova talks PROMISELAND and Troubled Characters – Marina Antunes interviews

Canadian/Czechoslovakian actress Andrea Stefancikova’s budding career got a big boost when Promiseland, her first performance in a leading role, was selected to screen at the Whistler Film Festival in 2019; the first martial arts action film to ever screen at the fest. Additionally, Stefancikova was selected as one of the festival’s Stars to Watch, a prestigious honor awarded by a committee of industry professionals.

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Kitty Green on THE ASSISTANT, Harvey Weinstein and Sexual Harassment – Jessica Zack interviews

Kitty Green was on the Stanford campus in fall 2017, conducting interviews for a documentary about sexual misconduct on college campuses, when news of sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein broke. The Assistant, Green’s feature film about a day in the life of a producer’s assistant, the type of person New York Times reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, who broke the Weinstein story, characterize as being part of the “complicity machine” that enabled Weinstein’s monstrous behavior for so many years.

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Filmmaker Meryam Joobeur on Oscar-nominated BROTHERHOOD – Jennifer Merin interviews

Filmmaker Meryam Joobeur’s 25 minute narrative film takes us to rural Tunisia and into the life of a hardened shepherd, Mohamed, who is deeply shaken when his estranged son Malik, who’d left the family to fight for ISIS, returns home with a Syrian wife. Tensions between father and son slowly build into an inevitable and heartbreaking confrontation with devastating results.

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