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Video Interview: Bridget Moloney – Blocks (Short Film)

An educational rainbow colored building toy that has been making victims out of unsuspecting adults (stepping on one is up there with Bruce Willis’ barefooted John McClane) becomes a reactionary and involuntary substance and serves as a protective line in the sand response to the gender dynamic within the couple and an all encompassing provocative tale on the virtues of motherhood. A perfect companion piece to feature Swallow, filmmaker Bridget Moloney came to Sundance with the comedic short Blocks (also an official SXSW selection). I sat down with the filmmaker to discuss her creative collaboration with actress Claire Coffee (she plays the matriarch named Ashleigh), the dressing of the film in terms of production and sound design and being consumed by the elements that surround us.

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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