Ry Russo-Young and Stella Schnabel put together a stunning portrait of a 20-something working her way around the New York rock scene. Russo-Young directs this gritty script that she and her lead actress co-wrote together after over a decade of friendship. Schnabel plays Shelly: she’s emotional, mean, honest, sexy, hard to get along with but easy to talk to and, in her own words, “fucked up.” (more…)
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Before watching Shadows, an understanding of how it was created helps get the best experience from the groundbreaking film.
Director John Cassavetes taught an acting class and lead his students in an improvisation exercise to explore the emotions that come from unknown situations. The three main characters in the resulting film are siblings living in New York. One brother is black while the sister and the other brother are light skinned and pass for white. The original version didn’t live up to Cassavetes’ expectations, so he went back and added scenes, mainly scripted, and re-edited until the characters had more depth. Now they go beyond the racial issues on the surface and discover their own mistakes and how to overcome them.