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My guest this week is the very well-named Nicole Dorsey, a filmmaker who splits her time between Toronto and LA. Her work has screened internationally and her debut feature film Black Conflux – a haunting exploration of womanhood, isolation, and toxic masculinity, set in 1980s Newfoundland – premiered at this year’s TIFF. She has several short films to her name including Arlo Alone which was a Vimeo Staff Pick and she also makes commercials for clients like Nike, Redbull and Nestlé.
We spoke about the challenges inherent in moving from shorts to features, including maintaining tone and getting funding, the necessity of living frugally as a filmmaker, participating in TIFF’s Filmmaker Lab this year and the influences behind her debut feature Black Conflux from Paul Thomas Anderson to Andrea Arnold.
I really enjoyed my conversation with Nicole, she was very down-to-earth and has fantastic taste in movies, so without further adieu, this is episode 36 of Best Girl Grip.