Browse Articles by Mary Ann Skweres

Looking into Her Eyes, Director Pablo Larraín Finds Jackie

November 2016
Looking into Her Eyes, Director Pablo Larraín Finds <em>Jackie</em>

Set during the days immediately following her husband’s assassination, Jackie recounts one of the most tragic events in American history as seen through the eyes of the iconic First Lady, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (Natalie Portman). Director Pablo Larraín has an affinity for historical characters of mythic proportions. Of the seven films that he has... »

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Contender – Composer Lesley Barber, Manchester By the Sea

November 2016
Contender – Composer Lesley Barber, <em>Manchester By the Sea</em>

Composer Lesley Barber was tasked with setting the tone for the heartbreaking family drama, Manchester by the Sea. The story follows Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck), who must face the ghosts of his past when he returns home to take care of his teenage nephew Patrick (Lucas Hedges) after his brother’s death. Having worked on... »

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Director Rémi Chayé Journeys a Long Way North

November 2016
Director Rémi Chayé Journeys a <em>Long Way North</em>

In the animated adventure, Long Way North, an adventurous young aristocrat searches for her explorer grandfather, lost with his Russian icebreaker in the treacherous seas of the Arctic’s northeast passage. From a script by animation teachers Claire Paoletti and Patricia Valeix of La Poudriere animation school, the French-Danish co-production was directed on a small... »

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Contender – Production Designer, Chad Keith, Loving

November 2016
Contender – Production Designer, Chad Keith, <em>Loving</em>

Set in pre-civil rights Virginia, Loving is based upon the true story of interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving (Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga), jailed for being married, who take their case all the way to the Supreme Court in order to have their marriage recognized. Told with great restraint by director Jeff Nichols,... »

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Contender – Editor Joan Sobel, Nocturnal Animals

November 2016
Contender – Editor Joan Sobel, <em>Nocturnal Animals</em>

Editor Joan Sobel continues the relationship with writer/director Tom Ford that was established when she edited A Single Man. In Nocturnal Animals she is tasked with weaving together three interconnected storylines. In this “story within a story” coldly, unemotional art gallery owner Susan Morrow (Amy Adams) reads a novel by her ex-husband (Jake Gyllenhaal).... »

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Trolls: Director Mike Mitchell and Co-Director Walt Dohrn’s Hand-Crafted Musical World

November 2016
<em>Trolls</em>: Director Mike Mitchell and Co-Director Walt Dohrn’s Hand-Crafted Musical World

In Trolls, director Mike Mitchell and co-director Walt Dohrn create a psychedelic playground filled with musical glee for Thomas Dam’s iconic dolls, taking a nostalgic romp back to the 60’s and 70’s that all ages can enjoy.  The story revolves around the tiny Trolls, who are in a perpetual state of happiness, and the... »

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Kevin Pollak Blooms as a Director with The Late Bloomer

October 2016
Kevin Pollak Blooms as a Director with <em>The Late Bloomer</em>

Kevin Pollak has taken responsibility. He has become a feature film director by taking the helm of The Late Bloomer, a position that he was offered after auditioning for a part in the film. Although he directed the documentary, Misery Loves Comedy, which screened at Sundance 2015, he has stayed away from directing “for... »

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Jonás Cuarón Crosses Borders with Desierto

October 2016
Jonás Cuarón Crosses Borders with <em>Desierto</em>

While attempting to cross the unforgiving desert terrain at the Mexican and United States border, a journey seeking a better life turns into a fight for survival, when Moises (Gael García Bernal) and a group of migrants encounter a murderous, rifle-toting vigilante (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) who has taken on border patrol duties as his... »

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Director Rufus Norris Finds Murder and Music on London Road

September 2016
Director Rufus Norris Finds Murder and Music on <em>London Road</em>

London Road was inspired by the 2006 serial murders of prostitutes in Ipswich, England about 60 miles northeast of London. Originally developed as a play at the National Theatre, writer Alecky Blythe transcribed brief interviews that she had conducted with local residents after the crimes into a narrative form. In collaboration with composer Adam... »

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Emmy Watch: Editing The People vs. O.J. Simpson

August 2016
Emmy Watch: Editing <em>The People vs. O.J. Simpson</em>

For those who are old enough to remember, the O.J. Simpson murder trial was an American obsession bolstered by an emerging 24-hour cable news cycle. From the grisly slaughter of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, to the wild freeway chase in the white bronco, through the shocking verdict, the 10-part FX Networks/Fox 21... »

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