Interview: Laura Colella

December 15th, 2013 by

Recently I had the pleasure of screening a wonderful indie feature called Breakfast With Curtis, written and directed by Laura Colella. Some background on Laura:

Laura studied filmmaking at Harvard University. She has been awarded numerous fellowships and grants and was one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film. She freelances as a screenwriter, cinematographer, camera assistant and editor and has been teaching part-time at Rhode Island School of Design since 1996. Her other feature films are Tax Day and Stay Until Tomorrow.

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I had the opportunity to talk with Laura about her approach to filmmaking and Breakfast With Curtis, a movie about which Paul Thomas Anderson has said,”I absolutely love it. You’ve never seen anything like it. It’s a smile from beginning to end.”

Here are both posts in this 2-part series.

Part 1: “It feels, to me, more like anybody can come of age at any time because have the potential for transformation, for growth, for giving up grudges.”

Part 2: “My hope is that we would revolutionize the film business and figure out a way to make it a viable, exciting industry that caters to the audience in terms of content. I feel like there is so much regurgitation and recycling in movie making nowadays. I hope for more support for people who are breaking new ground.”

For a feature on Laura in Interview magazine, go here.

For the Breakfast with Curtis website, go here.

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