AMPAS ’16: Hannah Fidell

Hannah Fidell is an American film director, producer and screenwriter, known for her work on A Teacher and 6 Years. Fidell wrote, directed, produced and acted in the 2010 film We’re Glad You’re Here followed by shorts, The Gathering Squall (2011) and Man & Gun (2011).

A Teacher debuted at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and was adapted for television by HBO the following year. In June 2014, Fidell wrote and directed 6 Years, starring Taissa Farmiga and Ben Rosenfield. She is now in the development stages on her third full-length feature film.

An FF2 Media review of A Teacher from September 7, 2013:

More of a narrative short than a full feature, but for all that, Hannah Fidell’s film is intense & gripping throughout. High school teacher “Diana” (Lindsay Burdge) falls in love with “Eric” (Will Brittain) who is one of her students. Eric is attentive & solicitous but when Diana grows cautious & pulls back from their relationship, Eric moves on & Diana freaks out.

Would backstory have made this film better? The film’s strength is “capturing the moment,” therefore more [story] would likely have meant less [intensity]. Lindsay Burdge is a compelling presence. She is in every scene & it is terrifying to watch her unravel.

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Top Photo: Lindsay Burdge as “Diana Watts.”

Photo Credits: Sundance Film Festival

Tags: #OscarsSoWhite, 6 Years, A Teacher, AMPAS, Female Directors, FF2 Media, Hannah Fidell, Make Oscar Gold, Stop Blue Oscar

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