Director Foster Wilson appears on the "Making Movies Is Hard" Podcast by Foster Wilson

Earlier this month, director Foster Wilson sat down with fellow filmmakers Alrik Bursell and Andrew Schrader for the newest episode of their podcast, “Making Movies Is Hard.” In this episode (#214), Alrik and Andrew ask Foster about her transition from acting to directing, her filmmaking process, fundraising for her award-winning short MADE PUBLIC, the process of working with her husband/creative partner, the secret to landing shadowing gigs, how to balance motherhood and Hollywood, and the challenges of being an indie filmmaker.

Click here to listen to episode 214 of “Making Movies is Hard” and to see a collection of Foster’s work.

Film Threat reviews MADE PUBLIC, a "wonderfully produced and intelligent short" by Foster Wilson

The independent film site Film Threat has published a review of Foster Wilson and Brian Leahy’s short film MADE PUBLIC:

“What I like about Made Public is that it takes a simple idea of a public Facebook poll about whether he should go through with his wedding.  Rather than turning it into 13 minutes of yuk, yuk silliness, he instead makes a statement about this need to engage everyone and the world in our everyday decisions to the point when we can’t make any decision on our own…even the big one. Are you able to decide for yourself anymore, or are you going to make it based on mob popularity?

The film itself is fun to watch. It starts like an SNL sketch and suddenly gets serious when Dave is face-to-face with his fiancé Sydney (Jeanine Mason). Dave’s long walk to Sydney and their return to the alter is a single extended shot with Jeanine Mason giving a thoughtful, compelling speech about social media and individuality to the indecisive groom. So effective that at some point you wonder why she’s putting up with the emasculated Dave.

Made Public is a wonderfully produced and intelligent short, that balances it’s sketch comedy elements with an actual thoughtful message behind it.”

MADE PUBLIC director Foster Wilson on the Reel Easy Review Podcast by Foster Wilson

In the days before MADE PUBLIC’s online release, director Foster Wilson appeared on the Reel Easy Review Podcast to discuss her journey as a filmmaker, the impetus for MADE PUBLIC, what the film’s final moment really means, and Foster’s favorite film / guilty pleasure (hint: it’s a little flick called Love Actually).

You can listen to the podcast here (P.S. discussion about Made Public begins at 00:47:50).

And here is the review from the Reel Easy Podcast:

Made Public is a delightful yet highly thought provoking short directed by Foster Wilson starring Jeanine Mason and Josh Zuckerman. The film tells the story of a nervous, slightly gawky groom 5 minutes before the start of his wedding where the evening before he has unwisely posted a Facebook poll to see whether or not he should get married. He’s got to be an idiot, right?

This film was clever in so many different ways. It grips you within the first few seconds as you’ve no idea what’s going on. Everyone around the poor sweating groom standing at the alter is giving regular updates on the poll that we have no context for which was a great way of engaging the audience quickly. The use of single shot tracking cameras as we follow Josh through the church to find his fiancé was a bold and brilliant move. It kept the pace of the film as intense as possible and you have to appreciate everyone being on their game during the shoot.

The music was also key in creating the intense atmosphere. The percussive use of human clicks and claps in a disjointed yet rhythmically eerie overtone makes these moving transitions seamless and very compelling.

Both lead actors were fantastic at portraying a realistic dialogue of a relationship on the brink of both being over and also taking it to the next level. The do or die scenario could have been overdramatic but the use of expert comic timing between the two kept things lighthearted and very amusing.

The film as a whole invoked many questions on whether we now rely too heavily on other people’s opinions to inform our own especially now it’s so easy to obtain a large pool of opinions using social media. The Black Mirror influenced theme coupled with the open ended final sequence with the Reverend really rammed this point home and you’re left thinking does it really actually matter what she thinks.

MADE PUBLIC is available to watch now on Vimeo and YouTube. Find more information about the film at MadePublicFilm.com.

FirstShowing.net adds MADE PUBLIC to its "Worth Watching" List by Foster Wilson

On the day of MADE PUBLIC’s worldwide online release, FirstShowing.net added Foster Wilson’s dramedy about social media’s influence on our most private moments to its Worth Watching list.

From FirstShowing.net:

This is an ingenious short that seriously packs in quite a bit of social commentary on top of an amusing, enjoyable marriage story. It's not just about social media, it's also about society itself. Looking forward to seeing more from Foster, she's got a clever eye.

MADE PUBLIC is available to watch now on Vimeo and YouTube. Find more information about the film at MadePublicFilm.com.

Award-winning short film MADE PUBLIC debuts on Short of the Week and Omeleto by Foster Wilson

After more than a dozen festivals and a handful of awards, including Best Film at the 2019 Vaughan International Film Festival and the Audience Award at the 2019 Bentonville Film Festival, MADE PUBLIC was released to the public on June 24th and was featured on the acclaimed Short of the Week and Omeleto.

You can watch MADE PUBLIC for free online on Vimeo and YouTube.

From Short of the Week:

In her short comedic film, Made Public, Foster Wilson pokes fun at our newly found desire for approval and self-provoked loss of privacy on social media. With a sharp screenplay, compelling performances and cinematography that’s an integral part of the storytelling, the film is not only funny and entertaining it also prompts a little self-reflection.

Made Public is a clever take on the exploration of the perils of making personal decisions and our need to share intimate details in a world dominated by a certain set of six reactions. Having worked as a wedding photographer, the core idea of the film appeared quite easily to Wilson and along with writer/editor Brian Leahy, they set out to explore the willingness of people to share their everyday life with the general public.

An immediate response to the premise of Made Public, might be to write it off as ridiculous and unreal, but in a near future, it might seem more plausible (feels like a reality TV show in the making!). Leahy, who is Wilson’s creative partner, penned a screenplay that hits where it needs to. The situation he created in itself is funny, even if it seems a little too big to be true. The characters and their dialogue sell the reality he has created and with one-line zingers for some characters and more complex dialogue for the two main characters, the film is not short on jokes.

Leahy also did a remarkable job in the editing room, delivering the right rhythm in comedy is paramount and he ensures the film moves along at an entertaining pace. Restricted by a limited budget in her previous projects, Wilson aimed for something more ambitious with this one, including two impressive one-shots. Capturing the scenes this way increased the authentic feel of the piece, making the audience feel like we are right there with the characters as the tension rises.

The film relies heavily on its two lead performances, Jeanine Mason (Roswell: New Mexico, Grey’s Anatomy) and Josh Zuckerman (Desperate Housewives), who have already played an on-screen couple in different projects. Zuckerman’s portrayal of the indecisive groom is extremely compelling, while Mason’s mix of annoyance and anger comes off as natural. The chemistry between the pair does shine though, which makes it easy to root for the couple and appreciate the light-heartedness of the comedy.

From Omeleto:

Director Foster Wilson, along with writer Brian Leahy, has created a sharply witty, caustic and engaging comedy about the strange, irresistible impulse to share intimate thoughts and private dilemmas with anyone but the person you need to talk to most. Here, the third party is the general public, enabled by social media, which allows strangers to weigh in on a very intimate, emotional question for the groom at an unprecedented scale, adding a resolutely modern twist to the age-old trope of a groom having cold feet just as he’s about to tie the knot for life.

The film’s strength rests on the foundation of its excellent writing, which blends smart, sharp-edged dialogue and well-observed social insights about how we conduct our lives in the era of constant sharing, likes and polls.

There are plenty of zingers and quips in the dialogue, but they’re given pace and shape by nimble, quicksilver directing, particularly in the kinetic camerawork, which adds cinematic flair and underscores the almost farcical nature of Dave’s situations.

The storytelling never really quite falls into farce, however, thanks to emotionally grounded performances by actors Jeanine Mason as Sydney and Josh Zuckerman as Dave. While both can deliver comedic moments with great timing and perfectly arch or deadpan delivery, they also play believable people having a believable emotional crisis. Mason nails Sydney’s fury, delving into how anger masks a clear sense of hurt, pain and sadness at the idea of Dave having doubts, while Zuckerman plays Dave’s doubts and fears with honesty.

Both are relatable characters, which makes the final movement of “Made Public” that much more engaging and even heartfelt. It’s a conversation that Dave and Sydney clearly needed to have before the wedding, and the fact that it’s happening just before the ceremony in front of a huge audience adds both stomach-churning anxiety and awkward comedy to its unraveling. But when they get through the other side, there is genuine vulnerability, honesty and intimacy, giving both Sydney and Dave a chance to love and care for one another — and a stronger foundation to build a loving, lasting marriage upon.

MADE PUBLIC among "highlights" at 2019 Davey Fest by Foster Wilson

This year, MADE PUBLIC was one of 23 short films to screen in Salt Lake City as part of the inaugural 2019 Davey Fest. The film festival aims to serve as an annual showcase of short films supported by grants from the David Ross Fetzer Foundation as well as shorts by local Utah and national filmmakers.

The Salt Lake City Weekly called out four of the festival’s highlights, including Isaac Cole’s Lucy in the Morning, Angela Rosales Challis’s Undesirables, Curtis Whitear's A Mormon Pageant, and Foster Wilson’s Made Public.

“A great high concept—a groom (Josh Zuckerman) faces getting left at the altar when his would-be bride (Jeanine Mason) goes ballistic over his wedding-eve social media poll over whether he should go through with it—boasts a few killer jokes in its look at the perils of a too-much-information online era.”

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Click here to read the full article. MADE PUBLIC will be free to watch on Vimeo.com beginning June 24th.


MADE PUBLIC Director Foster Wilson featured on "We Are Moving Stories" by Foster Wilson

Ahead of Palm Springs ShortFest 2019, MADE PUBLIC director Foster Wilson was featured on We Are Moving Stories, the world’s largest (digital) community for new voices in film. In the interview, Foster discusses the impetus for MADE PUBLIC, its universal themes, the script’s development, and her expectations for the film.

“Our film explores the notion of public vs private through the lens of a wedding, asking the questions, ‘Do we need to share everything? Is anything actually sacred anymore?’ As our universe becomes more connected via technological advances, we’re gradually distancing ourselves from our feelings, our better instincts, and from genuine human interaction. In MADE PUBLIC, what should be an intimate wedding ceremony -- a couple declaring their love for one another in front of a hundred of their closest friends -- is completely up-ended and made public in this age of social media and oversharing.”

You can read the full article here. You can also stream the film for free on Vimeo starting June 24th.

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MADE PUBLIC named Best Film at Vaughan International Film Festival by Foster Wilson

Days after receiving the Audience Award at the 2019 Bentonville Film Festival, the short film MADE PUBLIC received four top honors at the 7th annual Vaughan International Film Festival, including Best Film (Something Wilde Productions), Best Director (Foster Wilson), Best Actress (Jeanine Mason), and Best Actor (Josh Zuckerman).

Made Public director Foster Wilson at the VFF Awards 2019 & Closing Night After-Party. Image courtesy of Vaughan International Film Festival.

Made Public director Foster Wilson at the VFF Awards 2019 & Closing Night After-Party. Image courtesy of Vaughan International Film Festival.

The Vaughan International Film Festival (VFF) held its red carpet awards and closing night reception on Thursday, May 16th, at the Terrace Banquet Centre. Each year, VFF recognizes the best in local and international short film with their prestigious Golden Reel Awards. “Made Public” director Foster Wilson was in attendance to accept the awards for Best Director and Best Film. “I just want to say thank you to everyone for taking risks on female filmmakers, on women, on independent filmmakers,” said Wilson. “We have to be able to take risks, and we have to be able to fail and get up again and do it all over again.”

“Made Public” will be released to the public on June 24th through the digital platforms Short of the Week, Film Shortage, and Omeleto. Click here to learn more about the film and upcoming screenings.

For the full story, download the official Press Release here.

L to R: Mischa Barton and MADE PUBLIC director Foster Wilson on stage at the Vaughan International Film Festival Awards 2019. Image courtesy of the Vaughan International Film Festival.

L to R: Mischa Barton and MADE PUBLIC director Foster Wilson on stage at the Vaughan International Film Festival Awards 2019. Image courtesy of the Vaughan International Film Festival.

Vibe105 reviews the Vaughan International Film Festival selections by Foster Wilson

Toronto’s Vibe105, official media partner of the Vaughan International Film Festival, provided a comprehensive review of VFF 2019 on its Full Disclosure blog, beginning with a wrap up of the Day 1 screenings. The award-winning short film MADE PUBLIC, hailing from the U.S., kicked off the festival.

The screening begins with Foster Wilson’s Made Public, which teaches those about to tie the knot what NOT to do before your wedding. The film follows Dave, a groom whose doubts about getting married blow out of proportion when he posts a Facebook poll asking whether to go through with saying ‘I do.’ The film has garnered four nominations from the VFF Awards for Best Film, Director, Actor, and Actress. The film features a bounty of tracking shots that’s sure to make any film enthusiast swoon. Accompanied by a moody score, Made Public takes its time building tension, refusing to reveal the story to us until six minutes in. Eventually, its comedic timing and light emotional punch makes the tension worth it, and the release even more exhilarating. - Benjamin Akpan

MADE PUBLIC director Foster Wilson at the VFF Awards 2019 & Closing Night After-Party. Image courtesy of the Vaughan International Film Festival.

MADE PUBLIC director Foster Wilson at the VFF Awards 2019 & Closing Night After-Party. Image courtesy of the Vaughan International Film Festival.

Click here to read the full article.

Director Foster Wilson discusses MADE PUBLIC and the Bentonville Film Festival with CW Arkansas by Foster Wilson

During the 2019 Bentonville Film Festival, director Foster Wilson sat down with Ron Castro from the CW Arkansas to discuss her new short film, MADE PUBLIC, the film’s star, Jeanine Mason (Roswell, New Mexico), and how social media plays a prominent role in the film. Wilson also praises the festival for hosting panels that tackled, “in a positive way, the challenges of the industry right now and how we’re going to move forward from all angles: in front of the camera, behind the camera, the stories we’re telling…”

Click here or on the video player below to watch the full interview.

MADE PUBLIC earns Audience Award at Bentonville Film Festival by Foster Wilson

Over the weekend, MADE PUBLIC was recognized with the prestigious Best Short by Audience award at the 5th annual Bentonville Film Festival, an annual week-long event co-founded by Academy Award winner Geena Davis and Inclusion Companies CEO Trevor Drinkwater.

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 Bentonville’s 2019 award-winning films were honored at a closing night ceremony on Saturday, May 11. MADE PUBLIC director Foster Wilson was in attendance to accept the award, sharing the stage with “Flight” filmmakers Kia Moses and Adrian McDonald. “Thank you so much to Bentonville Film Festival,” a tearful Wilson said, “for not just talking about inclusion, but doing something about it. … Take action. Hire women. Hire diverse people. Tell everyone’s stories.

Read the full press release here.

MADE PUBLIC makes its international debut at the Vaughan Film Festival in Canada by Foster Wilson

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Days after screening in Arkansas at the Bentonville Film Festival, MADE PUBLIC is crossing the northern border for the Vaughan International Film Festival. One of just a handful of films selected from the United States, MADE PUBLIC screens as part of “Block 1” on the festival’s Opening Night on Monday, May 13th.

Join director Foster Wilson for the Vaughan Film Festival Awards Ceremony and Closing Night After Party on Thursday, May 16.

Director Foster Wilson speaks to KNWA News about screening "Made Public" at Bentonville Film Festival by Foster Wilson

During the Bentonville Film Festival, director Foster Wilson sat down with local Arkansas station KNWA to discuss her short film Made Public, an official selection at the Bentonville Film Festival, and how she followed in the footsteps of her mentor, director Valerie Weiss.

Click to watch:

Read the full article here: Filmmakers speak about creative inspiration during BFF

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Deadline announces Short Film selections at Bentonville Film Festival by Foster Wilson

On Wednesday, May 8th, Deadline.com announced the 4 episodics and 23 short films selected as part of the 2019 Bentonville Film Festival, including Foster Wilson’s 14-minute short, MADE PUBLIC, starring Jeanine Mason and Josh Zuckerman.

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MADE PUBLIC screens on Saturday, May 11th, at 3:15PM in the Walmart Museum World Room as part of Shorts Competition 3. The Bentonville Film Festival Awards Ceremony follows the screening at 7PM at The Meteor. MADE PUBLIC director Foster Wilson will be in attendance for the duration of the festival.

For more information, visit bentonvillefilmfestival.com

Director Foster Wilson heads to Arkansas to screen MADE PUBLIC at 5th annual Bentonville Film Festival by Foster Wilson

An official selection of the 5th annual Bentonville Film Festival, MADE PUBLIC will screen on Saturday, May 11th, at 3:15 PM in the Walmart Museum World Room as part of Shorts Competition 3. Tickets available here.

About the Fest

Five years ago, Academy Award® winner Geena Davis and Inclusion Companies CEO Trevor Drinkwater, co-founded the Bentonville Film Festival to facilitate actionable change toward balanced, diverse and inclusive media. BFF has grown to a year-long platform culminating with an annual six-day festival, in partnership with founding sponsor Walmart and presenting sponsor Coca-Cola. Over the years, BFF has taken the lead with festival initiatives like the Diversity & Inclusion Summit, 400 inclusive films, more than 60 impactful panels, and hundreds of powerful discussions on diversity in media.

Made Public star Jeanine Mason featured in NKD Magazine by Foster Wilson

Made Public star Jeanine Mason (“Sydney”) appears in the April 2019 issue of NKD Magazine, discussing her career, the road to Roswell, New Mexico, and her love of independent film.

“Currently, the cast is awaiting word on if Roswell will be picked up for a second season. Until that day (hopefully) comes, Jeanine is keeping busy. Later this year, the short film Made Public, in which Jeanine plays Sydney, is slated to be shown at a number of festivals. The piece was directed by Jeanine’s friend Foster Wilson, whom she worked with twice before.

‘Those kinds of relationships are always the ones I’m looking for in the industry – people who I love and who I want to continue to create with. And it excites me to be a part of the indie world,’ she says. ‘I love working, so right now we’re trying to find the next film that excites us.’” (by Samantha Bambino)

Download the issue and read the full article here.

Photo by Catherine Powell, courtesy of  NKD Magazine

Photo by Catherine Powell, courtesy of NKD Magazine

Florida Film Festival invites director Foster Wilson to join 2019 Filmmaker Forum by Foster Wilson

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The 28th Florida Film Festival will host its annual Filmmaker Forum at the Enzian Theater on Friday, April 19th, at 11AM. The invited filmmakers and panelists include:

  • Foster Wilson | Made Public

  • Jerry Williams | Spider Mites of Jesus: The Dirtwoman Documentary

  • Mia Tate | Campesino

  • Sara Zandieh | Simple Wedding

  • Tyler Falbo | Postal

The panel will be moderated by Sheena Fowler, Senior Director of Marketing and Communication for the Orlando Film Commission.

The forum is FREE and OPEN TO TO THE PUBLIC, so all are welcome to attend. More information can be found here: https://www.floridafilmfestival.com/forums/filmmaker-forum-2/.

The Rogue Valley Messenger reviews "Made Public" following 5 sold-out screenings at Ashland Film Festival by Foster Wilson

Following a positive reception and five sold-out screenings at the Ashland Film Festival, Phil Busse — publisher and editor of the Rogue Valley Messenger, specializing in culture in southern Oregon — penned a smart, spoiler-free review of the short film MADE PUBLIC.

“The movie is directed by Foster Wilson, and was written by her husband Brian Leahy—and showcases both of their talents: well-paced scenes that set up complex jokes, and strong comedic writing with a voice sashaying comfortably from glib to sincere.”

Read the complete review HERE.