This ebook is a crucial roadmap to the inner-workings of Leave No Trace. If you loved the film, you won’t want to miss Elena Lazic’s interviews with director Debra Granik and cinematographer Michael McDonough, as well as Alex Heeney’s interview with editor Jane Rizzo, and her thorough interrogation of every facet of Ben Foster’s performance and oeuvre, based on a conversation with the actor himself. Inside, you’ll also find Gillie Collins’ essay about the film as a coming-of-age story; Orla Smith’s in-depth analysis of Thomasin McKensie’s role in the film; and Brett Pardy’s important meditation on Granik’s representation of poverty. Bursting with exclusive content and incisive analyses, this is an ebook to read and cherish. Make it yours now.
This is the most comprehensive survey of in-depth interviews with the filmmaking team behind Leave No Trace, giving unique insights into how the film was made, coupled with insightful essays analyzing how and why the film works so well.
- An essay by Contributing Editor Gillie Collins on how Leave No Trace externalizes the process of an adolescent separating from a parent
- Interview: Elena Lazic interviews director Debra Granik
- An essay by Contributing Editor Brett Pardy on white poverty and empathy in Granik’s films
- Interview: Associate Editor Elena Lazic interviews cinematographer Michael McDonough
- An essay/interview hybrid by Alex Heeney on Ben Foster’s Leave No Trace performance, including an interview with the actor
- An essay by Alex Heeney on Ben Foster’s career and his subtle depictions of trauma
- Interview: Alex Heeney interviews editor Jane Rizzo
- An essay by Associate Editor Orla Smith on Thomasin McKenzie’s lead performance in the film.
About the authors
This book was written by Seventh Row Editor-in-Chief Alex Heeney, Associate Editors Orla Smith and Elena Lazic, and Contributing Editors Gillie Collins and Brett Pardy. Alex Heeney founded Seventh Row several years ago, and has shaped it into a vital source of original film criticism. She has written extensively on actors’ careers and performances. Elena works as a freelance writer for SciFi Now, Little White Lies, and The Guardian, as well as hosting the Seventh Row podcast. Orla is a filmmaker and film critic and has written several pieces analyzing specific film performances. Brett Pardy is a Ph.D. Candidate at McGill University studying how people learn empathy through watching films.