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Interview: Chantel Clark - Wit Gesigte (Pale Faces)


Interview: Chantel Clark – Wit Gesigte (Pale Faces) | 2019 January Screenwriters Lab

Interview: Chantel Clark – Wit Gesigte (Pale Faces) | 2019 January Screenwriters Lab

Among those selected to take part in the Sundance Institute January Screenwriters Lab we find Chantel Clark who brought Wit Gesigte (Pale Faces) to the Sundance Mountain Resort just prior to the launch of the 2019 edition of Sundance. A South African director and screenwriter based in New York City, she is a recent MFA graduate of the Film Program at Columbia University.

Pale Faces is set in the late 18th century, in the Dutch Cape Colony, the brilliant and rebellious daughter of an exiled Imam hopes to escape her father’s shadow when she is enlisted by a freed slave to teach a mysterious Dutch officer’s children. At his remote estate, the dark secrets underlying the power of the colonial occupation begin to unravel. Here is a quick chat with Chantel Clark during the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.

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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