Listen: Fred Rogers, Tom Hanks, Marielle Heller discussed on The Frame
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I'm John horn to track Marielle Heller career as a director is to note, some differences in the film business, historically, female directors who've had their first features debut at Sundance or other top festivals. Don't often get the same opportunities to make a second film that male directors doom Heller was all too aware of those stats when her debut feature diary of a teenage girl premiered at Sundance in two thousand fifteen now her second film is in theaters it's called can you ever forgive me. And it stars Melissa McCarthy and Heller is actually at work on her third film that stars Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers still the industry is far from parody Hellers Melissa McCarthy film was just one of two American narrative features that were directed by women at this year's telluride film festival. So I asked Heller what she thinks the role of festivals are and expanding whose films get seen on the most prestigious stages traditionally film. Mm festivals have proven to be more diverse than Hollywood at large. I know Sundance proves to be very diverse festival and the year. I was there was fifty percent, female filmmakers, and their numbers are so much better than if you look at the numbers of the studio films that are put out, and I do think the film festivals are beacons for women people of color. LGBTQ filmmakers who are hoping to get their film scene and more widely accepted. We have an industry wide problem. This is not a festival problem. This is an industry wide problem. And I think there are many many ways that we need to be fixing this problem. I know I went through the Sundance labs, and that was a program that is incredibly diverse and champions, the voices of people who otherwise would not have their movies championed. So I think hopefully, people are starting to take notice of programs like that. And starting to recognize that not only is it important to tell these types of stories, but these are the stories that the public wants the audience is ready and willing and once more diverse stories the fact that I made a movie about a fifty one year old lesbian cat lady. And that people are going to see it in droves shows that I mean, it's a beautiful thing. So you make this transition from your Sundance film to make NFL with FOX Searchlight's now making a bigger budgeted film about Fred Rogers with Tom Hanks, how do you make sure that at every step of the way, you remained the director who made diarrhea teenage girl weirdly, these projects don't feel all that different to me. It's all the same problems and excitement of trying to work. Cout story trying to make characters feel authentic trying to work with actors to make sure the choices they're making feel like the bravest and boldest choices that they can part of what I love is a director is creating a space onset for actors to do their best work. I'm an actor. I come from the theater and part of what I love is breaking down scenes and working on a project from sort of the one word up and each project. I've been able to do that I have moments where I stop and go my gosh, I'm giving notes to Tom Hanks or I'm giving Melissa McCarthy or whatever it might be. But if I can let go of that and just realize we're all artists together coming together trying to be as honest, and truthful and and brave as possible in our work. It all kind of feels like the same thing Morgan Neville made an amazing documentary about Fred Rogers called won't you be my neighbor that I think made a lot of people feel not only nostalgic for Fred Rogers. But also how? He has left a void in today's pop culture. What do you hope to tell them the story? Well, I hope that rather than feeling like Fred Rogers left avoid we can feel the message of kindness and the light which he brought to the world, which I feel still has a lot of power. And by spreading it even further and wider. We can all become better people I've been in Pittsburgh for the past four months. And that's a city that you can feel the reverberations of his heart in every aspect of the city. He is such a present figure in that city where he lived. And I feel myself becoming a better person. I feel myself becoming a better mother. I feel myself becoming just kinder person within my community because of his teachings and because of his true commitment to. Kindness and our feelings, and what it is to recognize each other as fellow human beings. So for me in the current climate. We're in where the world feels so desolate and sometimes hopeless living with friends words spending the past year thinking about how he would feel and trying to to let his words guide me has been a joy, it's been a privilege and part of what our movie is focusing on is the effects that he had on the people who he befriended. It's really from the perspective of a journalist who's getting to know Fred and writing about him and his life has changed and we've read thousands of stories of people who had the same experience, which is that as they met him as his message of kindness seeped into their consciousness their life changed forever. And I feel and Tom Hanks I spoke at one point about how we both feel that that's happened to us that by. Living with his words. We we've been changed forever. And yet in the neighborhood where Fred Rogers lived. There was a horrible shooting. Just a couple of a tragedy. Yes. And it was. I mean, there's nothing to say except for the pain that surrounded that, it's devastating. The community of squirrel hill is a community that I've become very close with and feel very connected to and is one of the most loving resilient communities. I've ever seen. We had a unity event in Pittsburgh last week that we were able to attend the spirit of Pittsburgh and the their resoluteness about not letting hatred change them as a city is so palpable. I really feel like they are a guiding light in how we should be reacting to tragedy. They are requesting gun control. They are asking for a reform in our policies, which stoke the fires of hatred, and they are also saying we refuse to fall into a pattern of hate. We will be resilient. We will be love filled, and we will hold each other close to this tragedy. Marielle heller. Thanks for coming in. Thank you, very Hellers movie. Can you ever forgive me? With Melissa McCarthy is in theaters now, and that's."