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Carolyn Talks 'For Your Consideration' with Writer and Director Poppy Gordon

For a short film, For Your Consideration tackles many topics that have long been part of the regular discourse for people in marginalized community, but thanks to social media, become "trending topics" to those no part of those communities. To these people, things like racism, accessibility, women's right and the prison industrial complex are just things they can chat about at brunch.

Written and directed by Poppy Gordon, the film with its dark humor, contrasted by bright colors and sunny L.A setting, shows the stunning lack of self-awareness a small group of privileged socialites display when they randomly decide to make a they're sure will be worthy of an Oscar. Only interested in getting recognition by the elites, they pick apart and cast aside what trending social justice cause is worth their time and attention.

In our discussion for Carolyn Talks..., Poppy and I talk about the perceptions and misconceptions people have of the disenfranchised, and how social media plays a part in the discourse around advocacy, activism and the ways companies and people with power manipulate them to their advantage.


For Your Consideration is now available in wide release on Omeleto and Vimeo.


Director Poppy Gordon is NYC based and excels at visually driven narratives that combine bold cinematic style with pop influenced VFX. Poppy has directed work for brands such as NIKE, WAV, PayPal, Pond’s, TRESemmé, and many more. She is commercially represented by Hey Baby and also leads her own creative studio Feral. For Your Consideration was co-written by Poppy’s longtime collaborator Aldo Arias who is a New York City writer by way of Texas.

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TIFF 2021: Carolyn Talks 'Snakehead' with Writer-Director Evan Jackson Leong

Screening at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival, Snakehead the crime saga the debut feature film of writer and director by Evan Jackson Leong is as much about the gritty underworld of human trafficking, as it is about the emotional toll being an immigrant takes on the psyche. Through his main female characters Sister Tse (Shuya Chang) and Dai Mah (Jade Wu) audiences see the generational gap of the new and old.Desperate to find and reconnect with her daughter after eight years of separation, Sister Tse puts her life in the hands of Snakeheads - Chinese smugglers to traffic illegal immigrants - to the cost of $57,000. Refusing to repay the debt through sex work, Sister Tse works to get in good with the head of the criminal enterprise, Dai Mah, and earn her way out by using her street smarts, keen observational skills and will. As Sister Tse grows closer to Dai Mah she begins to consider whether the woman who has the power to get her killed is worth trusting, and Dai Mah learns that the way she thinks the way the world works, isn't necessarily true. As these two women get into a power struggle, Dia Mah's son Rambo (Sung Kang) begins to make his own moves, that could put everyone and everything in danger with their community and the law.In my conversation with Leong for Carolyn Talks..., we spoke about these two amazingly complex and relatable female characters played brilliantly by Chang and Mah. Both of their characters posses a ton of personal strength, but display moments of vulnerability and self-awareness that make them admirable and relatable. We discussed the importance of telling different immigrant stories, his use of imagery and the elements to give insight into his characters' emotions and experiences, as with those of Rambo.Snakehead releases into theatres, on Digital and On Demand October 29, 2021.

TIFF 2021: Carolyn Talks 'Terrorizers' with Director Ho Wi Ding

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So Here's What Happened in August - Episode #30

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