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

Courtesy of the Vaughan International Film Festival

Courtesy of the Vaughan International Film Festival

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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…”

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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.


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

On Wednesday, May 8th, 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.

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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

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.

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 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 A complete schedule of all Festival events is available online at

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MADE PUBLIC garners a "gutbuster" review in advance of POW Film Fest in Portland by Foster Wilson

Elinor Jones, gossip columnist and film critic at the Portland Mercury, had an opportunity to see an advance screening of the POW Film Fest Comedy Shorts Program and penned the following review:

2019's POW Film Fest Offers Shorts, Docs, and More from Non-Dude Filmmakers

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Head to the POW Film Fest at the Clinton Street Theatre on Thursday, March 28th, to cringe and LOL and bust a gut with a selection of female-driven, female-directed, comedic short films.

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MADE PUBLIC reviewed at Cinequest Film Festival 2019 by “Fanboy Planet” by Foster Wilson

When we learned that MADE PUBLIC would hold its World Premiere at Cinequest 2019 in San Jose, California, a city at the heart of Silicon Valley, we were hopeful that the film would strike a chord with the tech industry. So, were thrilled to read the following review from Derek McCaw at FANBOY PLANET:

Cinequest 2019: “Made Public”

“Made Public tackles a pretty serious issue about communication. Yet it stays light and clever. Inspired by a wedding in which every decision was made via social media, writer Brian Leahy and director Foster Wilson don’t waste a moment, uncovering the perils of social media, including that awkward moment when you realize you have several online friends that you have no idea who they are.”

“Though the narrative stays contained in a church building, Wilson finds interesting places to set scenes, making the short feel expansive. From her work here, it’s clear she’s ready for more as a director.”