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“MOTHER AND CHILD” | writer-director, Rodrigo Garcia

[PREMIERE SCREENING: Saturday, Jan. 23, 3:00 pm — Screening Room, Sundance Resort]

The hardest decision for me is offering the role to an actor. Even if it’s an actor that I admire, or have worked with before or dream of working with, or even if I’ve written the role with them in mind, the moment is traumatic. It’s the leap from the imagination to the concrete, from fantasy to reality. Plus I know that if you cast the wrong actor (and any great actor can potentially be wrong for a specific role), it’s a mistake that you never recuperate from. Once an actor comes on, the fear subsides. Now they are the character and the character is them and I not only accept it, I am delighted by it. It fuels me.

Photo By: Ralph Nelson

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