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Interview Isiah

During Sundance, at the Fox Searchlight “Brownstar Insurance” headquarters, I had the privilege of sitting down one on one with Isiah Whitlock Jr., one of my favorites from HBO’s “The Wire.” Whitlock Jr.’s character actually references the show twice in the film, and the lines were actually written before they had thought of him for the part. After also being featured on AMC’s unjustly cancelled “Rubicon,” Whitlock Jr. finally gets a role in a solid feature film. Born and raised in Indiana, we discuss the setting and in a way subject of Cedar Rapids–America’s midwest. Next up he has Tony Kaye’s return Detachment, which we all have our fingers crossed for.

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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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