KiKi Layne Talks BEALE STREET, Tish and Barry Jenkins – Nell Minow interviews

Kiki Layne has an extraordinary breakthrough performance in Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk, based on the 1974 novel by James Baldwin. She plays Tish, deeply in love with the unjustly accused Fonny (Stephan James) and pregnant with his child. In an interview, she discussed her early love of acting, creating the look of her character, and the challenge of doing justice to the voiceover narration, her character’s thoughts and Baldwin’s language.

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Barry Jenkins on Love, Social Commentary and BEALE STREET – Mae Abdulbaki interviews

Barry Jenkins has another fantastic film on his hands with his latest, If Beale Street Could Talk. This follow-up to the Oscar-winning Moonlight is moving, the cinematography is vivid and draws you in, while the characters invite you into their world and linger in your thoughts long after the screen goes dark.

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Aislinn Clarke on Found Footage, Belfast and THE DEVIL’S DOORWAY – Alexandra Heller-Nicholas interviews (Exclusive)

Released in the United States through IFC Films in mid-2018, Aislinn Clarke’s feature film debut The Devil’s Doorway is an extraordinary accomplishment for a number of reasons. The first feature-length horror movie directed by a woman in Northern Ireland, it is also one of the very rare feature-length found footage horror films directed by a woman.

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Filmmaker Anu Aun on EIA’S CHRISTMAS AT PHANTOM OWL FARM – Tara Karajica interviews

Estonian writer-director and producer Anu Aun’s Eia’s Christmas at Phantom Owl Farm screened at Tallinn Black Nights International Film Festival. Her short film Shift has screened at 70 seventy festivals including Clermont-Ferrand, Tampere, Grimstad, Montreal, Shanghai, Uppsala and Rome and won 17 prizes from all over the world. The Estonian Filmmaker’s Union gave this film the XIII Estonian Film Days Annual Film Award while the Estonian National Culture Foundation awarded “Shift” as The Best Debut of the Cultural Year.

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Zoe Kazan talks Writing WILDLIFE and Real Women – Brandy McDonnell interviews

Zoe Kazan isn’t particularly surprised by some of the criticism that some have leveled at the main female character in Wildlife, the acclaimed period drama she penned with her partner, Paul Dano. “I think some of the criticism about ‘Oh, is she unlikable? Is she unsympathetic?’ feels really misplaced to me. It feels like it has more to do with the way we as a society think about who and what a mother should be and what a wife should be than it is really about this character,” Kazan comments.

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Joel Edgerton and Garrard Conley talk BOY ERASED – Nell Minow interviews

Joel Edgerton wrote, directed, and stars in Boy Erased, based on Garrard Conley’s memoir/expose about his time in a brutally abusive Christian “gay conversion” program. When the film was screened at the Middleburg Film Festival, Edgerton and Conley spoke about what the theme and story mean to them.

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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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Matthew Heineman and Rosamund Pike on APRIVATE WAR – Lauren Bradshaw interviews

Oscar-nominated documentarian Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land) knocks it out of the park with his first dramatic feature film, A Private War. Based on the life of Marie Colvin, an American journalist killed while reporting on the Syrian Civil War, this film is as powerful as it is important, especially at a time like this when attacks on the news media (and journalists in particular) are becoming more and more news stories themselves.

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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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Melissa McCarthy on Getting Serious in CAN YOU EVER FORGIVE ME? – Jessica Zack interviews

Creating a cache of brazen characters “from the outside in” has always come naturally to Melissa McCarthy because, she says, “I’m someone who just throws it all out there. This probably isn’t a surprise to anyone, but I’m not guarded.” Given her natural inclination to be brash and lead with a smile, McCarthy said portraying her latest character, the infamously gruff biographer turned literary forger Lee Israel, in the new movie Can You Ever Forgive Me? required a totally different approach.

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