Lulu Wang on THE FAREWELL, Immigrants and Traditional Cultures – Nell Minow interviews

Lulu Wang lets the audience know right away that her new film, The Farewell, is “based on an actual lie.” Awkwafina plays a character based on Wang herself, the daughter of Chinese immigrants to the US. The story is about what happened when Wang’s grandmother, still in China, was diagnosed with a terminal illness. The practice in China is to tell family members, but not the patient. In an interview, Wang talked about the inevitable conflicts between immigrants and their American-raised children and about deciding when to lie and when she’d like to be lied to.

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Lulu Wang on THE FAREWELL, Love and Her Grandmother – Sarah Knight Adamson interviews

Lulu Wang speaks about the special bond Wang shares with her grandmother and some of the qualities that she most admires in her grandmother. “My grandmother is an incredibly strong person, she actually joined the Army at age 14 as a way to escape an arranged marriage, and that speaks a lot to who she is as a person. She’s a very willful person, and she’s the one who really holds the entire family together. We’ve always had a special relationship because I’ve always been told that I take after her,” says Wang.

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Tracy Edwards on the Making of MAIDEN – Sarah Knight Adamson interviews

Maiden tells the inspirational tale of adventure on the dangerous high seas and deliberate prejudice on dry land of Tracy Edwards, skipper of the first all-female crew to enter the ‘Whitbread Round the World’ in 1989. Her teenage dream was met with male opposition; the men thought she would never finish the race, and even made bets on her failure. Potential sponsors rejected her, fearing her crew would die at sea and generate bad publicity. In spite of these obstacles, she persevered to overcome male sexism by shocking the sporting world and proving that women are very much the equals of men in yacht racing.

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The Female Perspective, Etheria Film Night and OPHELIA – Beth Accomando interviews

In this two-part Cinema Junkie podcast, Beth Accomando focuses on the female perspective in film by speaking with the director of programming at Etheria Film Night as well as the director of the new film Ophelia and the author who created the young adult book about seeing Shakespeare’s Hamlet” through the eyes of a young woman.

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Timothy Greenfield-Sanders on TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM – Nell Minow interviews

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am is not the typical biographical overview; it is more a thoughtful examination of and by Morrison of her work and her era. In an interview, writer/director Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, whose long friendship with Morrison shines through the film, talked about why he likes to shoot people in front of blank backgrounds, the question he asked the interview subjects but could not answer himself, and how Morrison inspired his work.

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Tracy Edwards and Alex Holmes on MAIDEN – Nell Minow interviews

In 1989-90 Tracy Edwards led an all-women crew in an around-the-world sailing race called the Whitbread. The boat was called Maiden, and that is also the name of a new documentary about the crew and the race. The film is AWFJ’s Movie of the Week. In an interview, Edwards and the film’s director, Alex Holmes, talked about tracking down the treasure trove of footage taken by one of the women on the boat and why Edwards changed her mind about calling herself a feminist.

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Bentonville FF: Karen Day on BAMBOO AND BARBED WIRE -Betsy Bozdech interviews

Karen Day has done everything from war-zone reporting in Afghanistan, Iraq, Rwanda, and more to co-authoring a book (Seal: The Unspoken Sacrifice) to raising four children. She turned her attention to feature filmmaking with 2014’s Girl from God’s Country — a documentary about pioneering female filmmaker Nell Shipman. Now, with Bamboo and Barbed Wire, she explores the parallels between Japanese American internment during World War II and our current political climate and attitude toward refugees

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Bentonville FF – Ani Simon-Kennedy and Kishori Rajan on THE SHORT HISTORY OF THE LONG ROAD – Betsy Bozdech interviews

Director Ani Simon-Kennedy — a veteran of commercial shoots and socially conscious projects — screened her second narrative feature, The Short History of the Long Road, at this year’s Bentonville Film Festival after premiering it at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival. She has received support from the Sundance Institute, The Tribeca Film Institute, IFP, Film Independent, Chanel and AT&T. Accompanied by producer Kishori Rajan, Simon-Kennedy — who’s based in New York, where she and her producing partner Caitlin Yatsko run Bicephaly Pictures — talked to AWFJ about her film, a road movie starring Sabrina Carpenter and Danny Trejo, and female filmmakers.

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

Since graduating from NYU film school, Amy Goldstein has directed everything from music videos to critically acclaimed shorts , award-winning features, a hip-hop musical and more. After making 2014’s The Hooping Life, she began documenting the life of British rocker Kate Nash, who shot to fame in the MySpace era and now co-stars on Netflix’s GLOW. Joined by producer Anouchka van Riel, Goldstein sat down to talk about the frank, endearing, music-filled documentary, Kate Nash: Underestimate the Girl Read more

Bentonville FF: Linda Goldstein Knowlton on WE ARE THE RADICAL MONARCHS – Betsy Bozdech interviews

An experienced, Emmy-nominated director and producer Linda Goldstein Knowlton attended the 5th annual Bentonville Film Festival this year for her latest documentary, We Are the Radical Monarchs. The uplifting, fist-pumping story of a new kind of scouting troop for young girls, the film underlines the importance of inclusion, representation, and activism in today’s world.

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