Friday, January 09, 2009

Film School: Director Courtney Hunt -- Frozen River

Film School (KUCI: Irvine, CA)
Hosts: Nathan Callahan and Mike Kaspar

An interview with COURTNEY HUNT the director of FROZEN RIVER — the story of Ray Eddy, an upstate New York trailer mom who is lured into the world of illegal immigrant smuggling when she meets a Mohawk girl who lives on a reservation that straddles the US-Canadian border. Broke after her husband takes off with the down payment for their new doublewide, Ray reluctantly teams up with Lila, a smuggler, and the two begin making runs across the frozen St. Lawrence River carrying illegal Chinese and Pakistani immigrants in the trunk of Ray's Dodge Spirit. Hunt holds an MFA from Columbia University’s Film Division. Her thesis film, ALTHEA FAUGHT, a short about the American Civil War, which she wrote and directed, was purchased by PBS in 1996 and aired on American Playhouse. It screened in film festivals including the Tribeca First Look Series, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Montreal Festival des Film du Monde, and the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival. The film also won Colombia’s first Prize in Directing from New Line Cinema. FROZEN RIVER was originally Hunt's second short film. It premiered in the New York Film Festival in September, 2004. The feature version won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.

To Listen to the Interview (MP3)

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