A conversation with Melissa Leo in her element at the foothills of the Catskills where mystical energies make things happen. A little over a week ago when writer/director Courtney Hunt who wrote the short, then the feature Frozen River, then Melissa Leo and Misty Upham brought the narrative home, winning the Sundance Grand Jury Prize for Dramatic Competition. A Sony Pictures Classics release.
Thom Powers, Documentary Programmer for Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), co hosted with me NYWiFT’s panel – A Case Study on the Making of a Feature Documentary discussing Manufactured Landscapes, Jennifer Baichwal’s portrayal of renowned photographer, Edward Burtynsky as he composed his large format photos that combine global social issues within an epic sweep.
Margaret Brown’s Order of Myths unlocks ornately embellished doors drawing us into an exotic world of secret, mystic societies, both black and white, that staunchly cling to centuries-old traditions, maintaining a hard to fathom decorum still in existence to this day.
Steve Shor on film commissions doing more for the economic development in their states than acknowledged.