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2016 Sundance Trading Card Series: #12. Nick Case (Christine)

Nick Case ChristineEric Lavallee: Name me three of your favorite “2015 discoveries”.
Nick Case: 1.) Recording Artists: They aren’t brand new bands, but I listed to Lord Huron and Dawes a lot, so they were discoveries to me. 2.) Restaurant: Sisters of the New South in Savannah. Most delicious soul food I’ve ever had…and I’m from Memphis. 3.) Author: Rick Bragg. I finally started reading his works after living in Alabama. Must-read is ‘All Over but the Shoutin’.

Lavallee: Christine sees Antonio Campos reteam with cinematographer Joe Anderson. Was wondering if you could describe the type of synergy/working relationship between them.
Case: I lived in a condo with Antonio & Joe for a week during prep and it was a pleasure to see them watch films together, discuss photography books, and design the look of the film. Given that they have worked together before, they have a very natural chemistry on set almost like two jazz musicians who are totally in sync. There are many long and complicated shots with a lot of moving parts & it was fascinating to watch them collaborate and make adjustments on the fly.

Lavallee: Could you highlight some of the complexities of mounting a film that is set in that era.
Case: The film takes place in Sarasota in the summer of 1974, so obviously there were many challenges with recreating that world in Savannah, GA in 2015 on a limited budget. One such challenge was the production design. We filmed all of the news station material in an old news station that had been gutted. Our production designer, Scott Kuzio and his team did an incredible job by creating a period news station with detailed authenticity and functioning equipment, while also allowing us to shoot 360.

Nick Case Christine

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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