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Interview: Haroula Rose – Once Upon a River

The well traveled musician (with fanbases in surprising spots around the globe) and filmmaker Haroula Rose got her first producing credit for Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station and has been progressively moving into the filmmaker’s chair via short films, the docu form, and TV. She brought to US in Progress a tale of redemption where love, logic and loss inform the route that the film’s fearless heroine Margo Crane (Kenadi DelaCerna) embarks on. Adapted from the Bonnie Jo Campbell’s novel, this outdoorsy, Twain-esque misadventure with a certain 1970’s American cinema aesthetic. Once Upon a River was among the quartet of projects featured at the 2018 US in Progress – American Film Festival in Wrocław. This should be premiering sometime in 2019. Here is my sit-down with Haroula Rose.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at IONCINEMA.com (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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