FROM Debra Granik
Director Debra Granik on ‘Leave No Trace’ The new movie ‘ Leave No Trace ’ tells the story of a father and daughter living contentedly and almost invisibly off-the-grid in Forest Park, the 5200-acre woods inside the city limits of Portland, Oregon. The father, played by Ben Foster, is a widowed veteran, adept at survival techniques, but haunted by nightmares from his time in the service. He and his daughter Tom, played by Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, spend their days foraging for food, waterproofing their shelter and practicing for the day when they might have to elude the authorities. That day comes sooner, rather than later. ‘Leave No Trace’ is directed by Debra Granik. Her previous feature, ‘Winter’s Bone,’ was an indie breakout in 2010, picking up four Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actress for a then-unknown Jennifer Lawrence. We connected with Granik at a studio in New York, and talked about what she’s been up to the past eight years, why she prefers to cast local people when possible, and she tells us what her next project will be...if she can get the funding.
In 'Leave No Trace,' Social Services comes after a vet and his daughter living off the grid Director Debra Granik thinks the American mainstream focuses too much on commercialism and celebrity culture. So she tells the stories of people living on the margins. Her latest film, “Leave No Trace,” is about a veteran raising his daughter off the grid in the woods in Oregon -- until they’re discovered. Thomasin Harcourt-McKenzie (left) and director Debra Granik (right) on the set of "Leave No Trace." Credit: Scott Green / Bleecker Street Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie and Ben Foster in "Leave No Trace." Credit: Scott Green / Bleecker Street
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In 'Speechless,' Scott Silveri combines comedy, family & disability Scott Silveri has written and produced sitcoms for more than 20 years. In all that time, he never encountered a TV family that looked anything like the one he grew up in -- with a mom, a dad...and a brother with cerebral palsy. He changed that with his show Speechless on ABC. Silveri tells us about looking to his own past for stories, and why he was determined to make a family comedy and not just a "disability show."