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Interview: Elizabeth Chomko What They Had


Interview: Elizabeth Chomko – What They Had | 2015 January Screenwriters Lab

Interview: Elizabeth Chomko – What They Had | 2015 January Screenwriters Lab

Contrary to what some might say, not all projects that break into any of the Sundance Institute labs make the Advance to GO, collect $200.00 jump into the actual festival. The first project to “graduate” from the 2015 January Screenwriters Lab and break into Sundance would end up being Elizabeth Chomko‘s directorial debut.

Outfitted by a stellar ensemble cast and pre-sold to Bleecker Street, on paper What They Had (read review) might feel like familiar terrain but as Chomko details in an interview (that took place exactly three years) and what was confirmed when we caught the finished product in Park City back in January is that: personal experience does offer guidance in terms of getting the tone precisely right. Here is my interview with the filmmaker.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric 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. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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