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Interview: Margaret Brown (The Great Invisible)

She heartbreakingly depicted the demons wrestled by a troubled singer/songwriter in Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt (2005), explored the line that divides in the festive backdrop of Mardi Gras in Mobile, Alabama with The Order of Myths (2008) and regionally doesn’t ventured too far, positing viewers in eye of the “after” storm with the massively, messy debacle that is the BP oil spill.

The Great Invisible sees Margaret Brown weave together various points of view in the first comprehensive study of what occurred in the months and years following the toxic April 2010 date. With each new film, Brown continues to explore her Southern roots and her own style of poetic filmmaking. I sat down with Brown at the Cinetic Media offices in Manhattan to discuss what makes her third docu feature not only a national story but a personal one and what the aftermath of the BP oil spill has done to those closest to her. Winner of the the Grand Jury Prize at this year’s SXSW Film Festival, RADiUS opened the film in New York on Wednesday, October 29 at the Village East Cinemas and this past Friday. Look for a national release to follow. Here is my interview with Margaret.

Justin Ambrosino received his MFA from the American Film Institute where he was awarded the prestigious Patricia Hitchcock O'Connell Scholarship. His short, ‘The 8th Samurai', a re-imagining of the making of Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai, won more than 20 jury awards worldwide and qualified for the Academy Awards Short Film category in 2010. Ambrosino began as an assistant on major feature films including 'The Departed', 'Lord of War' and 'The Producers'. He also staged a series of one-act plays throughout New York. He has been a Sapporo Artist-in-Residence, a Kyoto Filmmaker Lab Fellow as well as a shadow director on 'Law & Order: SVU'. Ambrosino is working on his feature film debut "Hungry for Love". Top Films From Contemporary Film Auteurs: Bong-Joon Ho (Memories of Murder), Lina Wertmuller (All Screwed Up), Ryan Coggler (Black Panther), Yoji Yamada (Kabei) and Antonio Capuano (Pianese Nunzio...)

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