Interview: Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky (The Patron Saints)

Brian M. Cassidy Melanie Shatzky The Patron Saints

We’ve been keeping tabs on this husband-wife filmmaking team the first time we herd about them via Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of 2007 and finally Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky appear poised to make their big entry into feature filmmaking with their lyrical, humane, creepy, moving portrait of a nursing home in The Patron Saints (we’ve raved about it) and later on in 2012 with the Melissa Leo starrer Francine. In my audio interview with the pair, we discuss how they stumbled upon this project, how they stumbled upon their narrator and their chosen methodology in terms of aesthetics and narrative decisions.

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)