I’m A Stranger Here Myself

This week’s audio podcast from thewatchbox.com features one of the newest and most exciting female indie filmmakers, Ashley McKenzie, who is also the most unassuming, humble filmmaker you will ever meet, partly because she is Canadian, but mostly because she is from a small working class town in Nova Scotia. With only two short films to her name, she has won a host of awards, and funding and her short films, RHONDA’S PARTY and WHEN YOU SLEEP (currently playing the festival circuit) have played in numerous festivals for the former and for the latter at Cannes 2012 as part of the “Not Short on Talent” Canadian Program.
Ashley is such a cinephile, that it wouldn’t have been right to not squeeze a top ten film list out of her, even if it is, according to her “random” and “a bit unfairly weighted to more recent decades of cinema.” (Click the links below to watch the trailers. Go ahead, give yourself a quick film education today.)

L’argent (Robert Bresson, 1983)
Le Boucher/ The Butcher (Claude Chabrol, 1970)
Trust (Hal Hartley, 1990)
The Headless Woman (Lucrecia Martel, 2008)
Johnny Guitar (Nicholas Ray, 1954)
Thieves Like Us (Robert Altman, 1974)
The Piano Teacher (Michael Haneke, 2001)
Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (Chantal Akerman, 1975)
Rosetta (Dardenne Brothers, 1999)
Happy Together (Wong Kar-Wai, 1997)

Ashley also wanted to give a correction for something she said in her interview: “Also, the early Chabrol film that I saw the swimming pool scene from during a university film class was actually Les Bonne Femmes, which came out the year after Les Cousins. So that was a little factual error on my part!”
Listen to The Watchbox interview with Ashley here:
You can follow Ashley all over the internet on her production company, Grass Fire Films’ Website,Twitter , and Facebook page. You can also follow her lastest short film, When You Sleep on Facebook as well.
Watch the WHEN YOU SLEEP TEASERS HERE: (And you should, because Ashley’s DP, Stephanie Anne Weber Biron, on When You Sleep was the DP for Xaviar Dolan’s  first two feature films which both played at Cannes.)


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