Hey Storytellers! We have director-writer Kate Barker-Froyland on the show today whose debut feature film, SONG ONE, stars Anne Hathaway and Johnny Flynn. SONG ONE, a story about how music can connect and transform people, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. For first-time filmmakers, movie buffs, indie fans, and music lovers– this one’s for you!
What You’ll Learn From This Episode:
- The inspiration behind SONG ONE
- How Kate was able to make the characters so relate-able
- How Kate’s debut feature attracted Anne Hathaway to produce and star in the project
- How Kate made each character’s own unique connection to music come through on screen by weaving in their musical identities
- Kate’s advice on writing screenplays
- The art of re-writing
- How writing short films helped in terms of developing strong characters and dialogue for Kate’s feature script
“One of the main things was trying to write everyday and trying to plow through.”
“I still try to write that day even if it comes out really badly because at least I tried.”
Learn More About Kate Barker Froyland
Kate is a Brooklyn-based writer/director. Her first feature film SONG ONE (starring Anne Hathaway, Johnny Flynn, and Mary Steenburgen) premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Over the past several years, she has directed short films and videos and was selected for the IFP/Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Emerging Visions program. Her short film, MATCH, screened at Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art as part of their New Directors/New Films series and was a semi-finalist for the Student Academy Awards. After directing the ‘making-of’ Merchant-Ivory’s The White Countess in Shanghai, she was the assistant to director David Frankel on The Devil Wears Prada. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Kate received her MFA degree in directing from Columbia University in 2011.
Kate’s Recommended Books and Resources:
Watch SONG ONE now!
Kate Barker-Froyland’s Official Website
SONG ONE’s Official Facebook Page
The Principles of Uncertainty by Maira Kalman
A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
The Beat That My Heart Skipped by Jacques Audiard
Films by Wong Kar-Wai
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