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Interview: Martha Stephens & Aaron Katz (Land Ho!)

Sporting their own traditional Icelandic sweater (known as the lopapeysa), I had the chance to sit down with Land Ho! creative pair Martha Stephens & Aaron Katz the day after they had their rousing world premiere screening. 48 hours later, Sony Pictures Classics announced that they picked the domestic rights to the buddy (perfect wingman) comedy.  In the video interview below, we discuss topics such as writing visual comedy, insertion of non-scripted moments complementing a screenplay that is heavy on naturalism. We also discuss the multi-generation stance, ageism and of course the role of the setting and title cards. 

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