1. Fresh Air Producer Ann Marie Baldonado shares quotes from some Q & A sessions at the Sundance Film Festival:

    1.  GOD’S POCKET

    "I felt incredible comfortable and after working together for so long we obviously have a short hand with one another and he knows how to answer exactly how I need him to answer."

    -  Christina Hendricks on working with her Mad Men costar John Slattery’s on directoral debut, God’s Pocket, at the Q & A after the world premiere of John Slattery’s directorial debut GOD’S POCKET.  The film also stars Phillip Seymour Hoffman, John Turturro, and Richard Jenkins.

     Friday, Jan 17th, 2014

    2.  GOD HELP THE GIRL

    "I have another job, I am in a band, and I didn’t get a break from the band until 2006.  I got back from the tour and I sat and immediately started writing dialogue, writing the screenplay.  I had never done that before and I never enjoyed myself so much."

    - Stuart Murdoch, frontman of the wonderful indie pop band, Belle & Sebastian, on starting work on his directorial debut, GOD HELP THE GIRL.  The writing and the financing of the film was taking a while, so Murdock wrote and recorded the songs that would be the soundtrack for the film and released them as an album in 2009.  Murdoch finally got the film made, with help from a kick starter campaign and producer Barry Mendel (who has worked with Wes Anderson on his films).  GOD HELP THE GIRL is an out-and-out musical, complete with in-story performances and dance sequences.  Murdoch says “sometimes when you are walking around, you want the world to be a pop song.”  The film stars Emily Browning as said girl.

     Saturday, January 18th, 2014.

    3.  DEAR WHITE PEOPLE

    "To all the white people in the audience… you are absolutely allowed to laugh."

    -Director Justin Simien introducing his directorial debut, DEAR WHITE PEOPLE at a public screening.  The film started as the “Dear White People”  twitter account, became a promotional trailer, and is now a feature film.  The crowd pleasing, coming of age comedy, about racial politics on an Ivy League university, features a cast of relative newcomers, with Tyler James Williams (Everybody Hates Chris, Go On), Tayonah Parris (Mad Men), and Dennis Haysbert.  

    Sunday, January 19th, 2014.

    images courtesy of Sundance

     

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