2014 Sundance “Trading Cards” Series: #16. MorningStar Angeline (Drunktown’s Finest)

2014 Sundance "Trading Cards" Series: #16. MorningStar Angeline (Drunktown's Finest)

2014 Sundance "Trading Cards" Series: #16. MorningStar Angeline (Drunktown's Finest)Eric Lavallee: Name me three of your favorite “2013 discoveries”…
MorningStar Angeline: In the year 2013 I rediscovered film photography and my love for it. I bought Polaroids, brought out my Brownie and my old Canon film camera and starting shooting. It’s so much more intimate for me and gives you time to master your art. You cannot just simply take 300 pictures like you can with digital, you have to be picky and be aware of every detail of a shot. I also discovered an artist named Lissie who I now adore. Her two albums have given me a voice that I haven’t been able to find in pop music. Lastly, I think the app Vine deserves a mention because of how much it makes me laugh. I don’t think I could pull of the hilarious videos some people make in the few seconds the app provides.

Lavallee: I imagine you beat out a huge field with the open casting call…could you describe how that process went.
Angeline: Casting calls have always reminded me of try outs for a sports team, however the competitiveness can be quite closer to the heart because of the demands of acting. It’s a subtle competition that is in the subtleties and thus you must be able to read between everyone’s lines, the words on the paper, the other actors who want the vary part you do as well as the producers and casting directors. I also try to keep in mind to make every character I am given, a variation of myself. Even if that self is something I would never ever be. It is about finding a new me so that the acting remains pure and comes off as not acting at all. With those aspects of the way I view acting and how I approach a script on a open call, I hope that it would be the reasons why I made it that much further and beat many others for a part.

Lavallee: You play the “college­bound” character. Could you detail your character’s quest.
Angeline: My character Nizhoni Smiles, like the other two characters, is approaching a crossroad in her life at a fast rate as soon as we are introduced to the character. She was adopted by a Christian Caucasian family who lives nearby a reservation. However Nizhoni has not had a chance to be around or near the reservation because her family sent her to a boarding school in another state altogether. Now that Nizhoni is reaching adulthood, she begins to question the life she has lived and questions the decisions that have been made for her. Her fear of what she doesn’t know soon turns into a strength and she is able to see things for how they are and not through the looking glass that her adoptive parents gave to her. Her journey is quite emotional, as are Sickboy’s and Felixia’s. And even with their diverse stories, there is a core struggle that they share.

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2014 Sundance "Trading Cards" Series: #16. MorningStar Angeline (Drunktown's Finest)

Eric Lavallée is the founder, editor-in-chief and film critic at IONCINEMA.com (founded in 2000). Eric splits his time between his home base in Montreal, NYC, and is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. Top Films From Contemporary Film Auteurs: Almodóvar (Talk to Her), Coen Bros. (Fargo), Dardennes (La Promesse), Haneke (Caché), Hsiao-Hsien (Three Times), Kar-wai (In the Mood for Love), Kiarostami (Taste of Cherry), Lynch (Mulholland Dr.), Tarantino (Pulp Fiction), Van Sant (My Own Private Idaho), von Trier (Breaking the Waves)