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2018 NEXT Section Sundance Trading Card Series: #15. Helena Howard (Madeline’s Madeline)

2018 NEXT Section Sundance Trading Card Series: #15. Helena Howard (Madeline’s Madeline)

Eric Lavallee: Name me three of your favorite “2017 discoveries”.
Helena Howard: Zen Chai – 94 Rivington Ave, New York, NY 10002, New York City, Street Art (i.e. stickers in odd places that I collect, graffiti, etc.), Exile//Exegesis by Cathy Guo, Whiplash (movie and album esp. track Caravan).

Lavallee: Were there any instrumental exercises, key backstory elements, or “homework” assignments that Josephine provided you with prior to day 1 of shooting?
Howard: Josephine had us do various improvisational and exploratory exercises; a workshop for creativity. We would meet over the weekend and sometimes be “assigned” with a project (i.e. learn one of the 10 Bill of Rights and come back the following weekend and play around with it-it got intense). Of course we would talk about it as a group afterwards, reflecting on what we just witnessed and dive into another ‘project.’ We also had the honor and pleasure of working with the Co-Artistic Director/ Artistic Director Quinn Bauriedel, who helped lead us through some clowning exercises.

Helena Howard (Madeline's Madeline)

Lavallee: Could you briefly outline the character – in terms of how she got to where she is at and her rapport with the adults surrounding her.
Howard: Being stigmatized and lacking “control’ in circumstances in her life, Madeline seeks refuge in the form of a theater troupe, finding solace there, as well as, alongside the director, Evangeline. However, soon the lines being to blur, raising the question of who’s directing who…?

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Helena Howard (Madeline's Madeline)

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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