Shana Feste is the new hip, young, and if I may add, rather attractive writer/director proving that when it comes to making serious cinematic dramas, sometimes a woman know best. She is the brains behind two of the most well-respected and risky dramas of the past two years. Last year she broke onto the big screen with her courageous and well-respected film The Greatest starring Carey Mulligan, Aaron Johnson, Pierce Brosnan and Susan Sarandon and now her latest film Country Strong has hit theaters with Gwyneth Paltrow‘s big return to a starring role alongside Tim McGraw, Garrett Hedlund and Leighton Meester.
There is something about Feste that oozes old Hollywood with a modern twist. From the way she talks about her films to what you see on the big screen she reminds you that real filmmaking still matters. It’s not all about green-screens and explosions, it’s about setting up real situations, with honest and flawed characters and allowing the drama to unfold without manipulating it.
She reminds us that writing and character are not something that we can look back on but is something to currently be excited to see in modern cinema.
One of the hosts for the upcoming TV Show, “The Indie Angle”, Sasha Perl-Raver had a chance to sit down with Shana and ask her about her style of filmmaking, how Feste had to come to terms with being so talented and she even gave us some great advice for aspiring filmmakers out there! Check out the interview now…
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