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Another Update:- Congrats to Ms. Carol Dysinger and Elena Andreicheva yet again. This time they won the Oscar Award for Best Documentary Short Subject.
Carol Dysinger's About section from her website:
Carol Dysinger directed the short documentary LEARNING TO SKATEBOARD IN A WARZONE (IF YOU’RE A GIRL) which won Best Documentary Short at Tribeca Film Festival 2019.
Dysinger is also known for her feature length documentary CAMP VICTORY, AFGHANISTAN, compiled from 300+ hours of footage gathered over the course of three years. It premiered in competition at SXSW 2010, and played at the Museum of Modern Art Doc Fortnight and the Human Rights Watch Film Festival. Funded by Sundance Doc Fund and Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the film later appeared on Public Television.
Prior to directing docs, Professor Dysinger edited many documentaries and features, including DEADLINE for Big Mouth Productions (Sundance, and NBC), RAIN for Lola Films, M.Scorsese Executive Producer (Sundance, Venice International) SANTITOS for Springall Pix, John Sayles Exec (Sundance, Guadalajara, San Sebastian) and PUNK (Warners) which was a finalist for a national Emmy.
As a screenwriter in Los Angeles, she co-wrote several scripts for Paramount, Twentieth Century Fox and Sam Goldwyn Productions, and A CHRISTMAS STAR with Fred Gwyn and Ed Asner for Disney. She wrote several independent features BURNTOWN for HBO Independent, and FAT GIRLS FROM HELL for Sheila Mclaughlin. Her short films screened widely and won several awards including the Student Academy Award for Best Dramatic and the Hugo Award. She is the recipient of the David Payne Carter award for excellence in teaching.
Carol was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, and is currently developing a semi-autobiographical interactive piece depicting her experience with war.
I hope you enjoy the phone interview I had with Ms. Carol Dysinger. Get to know this brilliant director and discover why her documentary short deserved both a BAFTA-nomination and Oscar-nomination.
1. First off, how did you celebrate the New Year/ New decade?
2. What was the genesis of your documentary short film?
3. Were there other titles you came up with before Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (if you’re a girl)? If so, what were they?
4. What challenges did you face while filming the documentary short?
5. what is your favorite moment in the documentary short and why?
6. What is the biggest surprise that you experienced after directing it?
7. If you had to describe Elena Andreicheva using three words, they would be?
8. After Filming the documentary short, how has this experience affected your life personally?
9. Congratulations on the BAFTA and Oscar nomination for your documentary short. What a way to start off the new decade, Yes? My question is….Where were you when you discovered that the BAFTA nominated your documentary short?
10. Where were you when you discovered that Oscars nominated your documentary short?
11. Who are you excited to meet or see at the BAFTA and Oscars ceremony?
12. If you win the award, are you going to have a speech prepared or are you going to wing it?
13. If you could sit down with any three people in the world and have a chat with them, who would they be and why?
14. If you could write and direct a film-adaptation of any novel/novella/short story, which one would you like to adapt?
15. Last question, which film do you predict would win the Oscars for Best Picture?
I greatly appreciate her time to answer my questions. Wishing all the best and I hope the BAFTA and the Oscar ceremony will be a fantastic experience for Carol Dysinger and everyone involved with the project. Thank you, readers and visitors, for taking your time to get to know Carol Dysinger and I hope you check out Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You're a Girl) , which is on AETN.com and VOD. You can check out her other projects(website) as well. Take care and have a fine day.
IMPORTANT:- Click the link (name) to read the interview I had with the producer ( Elena Andreicheva) of Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone(if You're a Girl).