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Made Public screens at the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Short Film Showcase by Foster Wilson

On September 4, 2019, the award-winning short film MADE PUBLIC screened as part of the 2019 Los Angeles Short Film Showcase, hosted by the SAG-AFTRA Foundation. Director Foster Wilson joined fellow filmmakers Sarah Gross, Eileen Abarrca, and Marissa Labog for a post-screening panel hosted by Ron Hanks. The women discussed a variety of topics, from the impetus for their films to the specific challenges of female filmmakers.

Watch the panel discussion now on YouTube.

Foster Wilson appears on Movie Bark Podcast for Austin Revolution Film Festival by Foster Wilson

On September 3rd, MADE PUBLIC director Foster Wilson appeared on the Movie Bark Podcast with Austin Revolution Film Festival founder Jim Christopher. Listen to the episode on BuzzSprout, and if you’re in the Austin area, check out MADE PUBLIC as part of the “Video Killed the Radio Star” block on September 7th at 3PM.

As part of the Austin Revolution Film Festival, MADE PUBLIC is nominated for four awards, including Best Rom-Com, Best Actor in a Short Film, Best Short Film Script, and the Michelle Mower Female Filmmaker of the Year Award.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

#KNWA #NWAnews

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/.

Made Public earns 4 award nominations at 2019 Vaughan International Film Festival by Foster Wilson

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The Vaughan International Film Festival in Ontario, Canada, held its annual Spring Launch on Tuesday, April 16, to announce their 2019 film award nominees. The USA short film MADE PUBLIC earned 4 nominations, including a Best Actor nomination for Josh Zuckerman, a Best Actress nomination for Jeanine Mason, and a Best Director nod for Foster Wilson as well as a nomination for Best Film.

MADE PUBLIC kicks off the 2019 Vaughan International Film Festival on Monday, May 13, at 7PM at Cineplex Cinemas Vaughan. The 2019 Awards & Closing Night After-Party will take place on Thursday, May 16, at 6PM at the Terrace Banquet Centre.

For more information, visit the #VFF website at www.vaughanfilmfestival.com.

Made Public joins the 49th Annual USA Film Festival in Dallas by Foster Wilson

Delighted to find the 49th Annual USA Film Festival program line-up and a nod to MADE PUBLIC on BroadwayWorld.com. Join us on April 26 as MADE PUBLIC director Foster Wilson shares the stage with host Stephen Tobolowsky and fellow filmmakers for a post-screening Q&A.

Advance tickets will be available via Ticketmaster beginning April 10th. To purchase tickets online, visit www.ticketmaster.com/usaff. A complete schedule of all Festival events is available online at www.usafilmfestival.com.

Get the full scoop on BroadwayWorld.com.

Foster Wilson to attend 49th Annual USA Film Festival screening of MADE PUBLIC by Foster Wilson

Now in its 49th year, the USA Film Festival in Dallas, Texas, has selected MADE PUBLIC as one of 5 shorts in its Showcase Short Films program, screening on Friday, April 26th at 7:15PM at the Angelika Film Center. MADE PUBLIC director Foster Wilson will be in attendance as #USAFF and host Stephen Tobolowsky present this special evening of absurd and sinister shorts.

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Join USAFF friend and program host Stephen Tobolowsky as we salute the filmmakers of five absurd and dark-hearted short films featuring characters whose choices have unexpected outcomes including Chris Roe and Traci Lords with CEMETERY TALES: A TALE OF TWO SISTERS; Denise Crosby with Paul Sanchez’s AT THE FENCE; Eli Powers with HOLY MOSES starring Amanda Seyfried and Thomas Sadoski; Foster Wilson with MADE PUBLIC; and Lisa McFadden with THE ILL-TIMED ENLIGHTENMENT OF JASON VOORHEES. Filmmakers in attendance.

Download the 49th Annual USA Film Festival booklet here. Tickets go on sale April 10th. Visit the festival website for more details.

Made Public director Foster Wilson to join Filmmaker Forum panel at 2019 Florida Film Festival by Foster Wilson

MADE PUBLIC director Foster Wilson has been selected as one of six 2019 Florida Film Festival directors to discuss their films and the trials and triumphs of the filmmaking process as part of the annual FILMMAKER FORUM, which takes place on Friday, April 19, following the April 18th screening of MADE PUBLIC.

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The Florida Film Festival hosts some of the most talented new independent filmmakers every year and always sets aside one day just to pick their brains. This lively and dynamic exchange of ideas and know-how inevitably defines a high point in the festival—peppered with tales of triumph, challenge, and creative methods. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime airing of artistic laundry by the filmmakers who get the job done. Moderated by Sheena Fowler, Senior Director – Marketing and Communication for the Orlando Film Commission.

FILMMAKER FORUM
Friday, April 19
11:00AM – 12:30PM
Enzian Theater

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC