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Interview: Brian M. Cassidy and 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, 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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