Currently Browsing: June 2018

Ursula Ellis, writer, director and fearless channeler of everyone’s inner punk teen

I think back on the first film I ever worked on. It was directed by a woman, Ursula Ellis. At the time she was in the midst of her MFA at Columbia, and she already had some impressive projects under her belt in her production company name, Little Bear Pictures.

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Clio Barnard explores the mind in ‘Dark River’

In Clio Barnard’s third feature film, following The Arbor and The Selfish Giant, she continues her study on the impact of poverty in the U.K. with her new film Dark River. Like her previous film The Selfish Giant, the focus is squarely on the aspects of life the public tries to overlook.

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Modern Prospero and Miranda in Debra Granik’s ‘Leave No Trace’

Eight years after her award-winning Winter’s Bone emerged as a sleeper hit, Debra Granik (Academy Award-nominee for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay) once again is poised to hit it big on the indie circuit with her new film, Leave No Trace.

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‘Leave No Trace’ tests the human spirit

Academy Award nominee for Best Adapted Screenplay for her 2010 film Winter’s Bone, Debra Granik takes us through a journey of raw human emotions in Leave No Trace. An adaptation of Peter Rock’s novel “My Abandonment,” the film tells the story of a young girl living in the woods with her father. Their simple live style is disrupted when they are discovered by a forest ranger, forced to leave behind their home and relocate in society.

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Madelyn Deutch keeps ‘The Year of Spectacular Men’ all in the family

What makes The Year of Spectacular Men so special is the fact that the film stars a real-life Hollywood family, Madelyn “Maddie” Deutch, Zoey Deutch and their mother Lea Thompson, all of whom took major roles behind the camera for the first time.

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New Class of AMPAS Members is 49 % Female!

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences invited 928 new members June 25, 49 percent of which are women.

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