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Meet the 2012 SXSW Filmmakers #25: Brian M. Cassidy & Melanie Shatzky, 'Francine'

Indiewire By Indiewire Staff | Indiewire March 8, 2012 at 10:6AM

Directors Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky are bringing their drama "Francine" starring Melissa Leo to this year's SXSW Festival. The directors think audiences will come out of their film with questions about what they have seen. They come to the festival hoping to get a U.S. distribution deal for the film, more festival invitations and "maybe a hat."
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Melissa Leo in "Francine."

Directors Brian M. Cassidy and Melanie Shatzky are bringing their drama "Francine" starring Melissa Leo to this year's SXSW Festival. The directors think audiences will come out of their film with questions about what they have seen. They come to the festival hoping to get a U.S. distribution deal for the film, more festival invitations and "maybe a hat."

What It's About: Academy Award winner Melissa Leo gives a fierce and restrained performance as Francine, a woman struggling to find her place in a downtrodden lakeside town after leaving behind a life in prison. Taking a series of jobs working with animals, Francine turns away those who take an interest in her and instead seeks intimacy in the most unlikely of places. Gritty, elliptical, and voyeuristic, Francine is a portrait of a near-silent misfit and her fragile first steps in an unfamiliar world.

The Directors Say: "We started as photographers and have a background in documentary filmmaking. 'Francine' is our narrative feature debut. There are many diverse and beautiful locations in 'Francine.' Incorporating so many locations into a very tight shooting schedule was a large undertaking.

"We are in development on our next narrative feature project, but can't say any more."


Indiewire invited SXSW Film Festival directors to tell us about their films, including what inspired them, the challenges they faced and what they're doing next. We'll be publishing their responses leading up to the 2012 festival.

Keep checking HERE every day up to the launch for the latest profiles.

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