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Dee Rees on directing Mudbound
By Iain Blair

Change is good, and while there are only a handful of young, black female directors shooting features these days, the tide is starting to turn.
Case in point: Dee Rees, who
is helping lead the charge with her new feature Mudbound, which was nominated for two Golden Globe awards.

Set in the rural American South during World War II, it’s an epic story of two families pitted against one another by a ruthless social hierarchy, yet bound together by the shared farmland of the Mississippi Delta.

On one side is the McAllan family, newly transplanted from the quiet civility of Memphis and unprepared for the harsh demands of farming. Despite the grandiose dreams of Henry (Jason Clarke), his wife Laura (Carey Mulligan) struggles to keep the faith in her husband’s losing venture. On the other side are Hap and Florence Jackson (Rob Morgan, Mary J. Blige), sharecroppers who have worked the land for generations and who also struggle bravely to build a small dream of their own, despite the rigidly enforced social barriers they face.

The war upends both families’ plans as their returning loved ones, Jamie McAllan (Garrett Hedlund) and Ronsel Jackson (Jason Mitchell), forge an uneasy friendship that challenges the brutal realities of the Jim Crow South in which they live.

Mudbound was co-written by Rees, who made her feature film debut with Pariah, which won a ton of awards. She went on to direct the Emmy-Award-winning HBO film Bessie. I talked recently with Rees about making the film and the push for more diversity in the industry.

What was your vision for this film?
A good old-fashioned sprawling Hollywood epic that they don’t make anymore, with tons of characters and drama and emotion.

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Peter Doyle on coloring Churchill’s England for Darkest Hour
By Daniel Restuccio

Technicolor supervising digital colorist Peter Doyle worked closely with director Joe Wright and DP Bruno Delbonnel on the film's grade.

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A Conversation: Veteran
editor Lawrence Jordan, ACE

By Randi Altman

Lawrence Jordan’s fate was essentially sealed upon birth. His father and his grandfather made a living working in post and film editing in New York City.

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