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ÉCU-The European Independent Film Festival


ÉCU - The European Independent Film Festival is dedicated to the discovery and advancement of the very best independent films from around the world. We are a festival who believes in our independent filmmakers and their artistic talents. ÉCU proudly provides a unique platform that brings together diverse audiences who are hungry for something other than major studio productions and original and innovative filmmakers. 

 
The 14th edition of ÉCU - The European Independent Film Festival will take place in Paris, France in 5th, 6th and 7th of April, 2019.
 
For more details regarding the festival, please visit our website at www.ecufilmfestival.com

 

 


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Spotlight: Greta Gerwig

 

Greta Gerwig, with full name Greta Celeste Gerwig, is a fascinating actress for ÉCU, because she is known as one of the main participants in the so called Mumblecore mouvement, which is characterized as a sub genre of the American independent film. This genre is mainly focusing on low budget production values and amateur actors who engage in a very naturalistic dialogue.

Greta Gerwig was on the 4th of August 1983 in the U.S., more specifically in Sacramento, California. As one can detect from her name, she does not only have american roots, but also possesses German ancestors. Greta Gerwig did not grow up in an artistic environment, as her mother, Cristina Gerwig, is a nurse and her father, Gordon Gerwig, is working as a computer consultant and computer programmer. As a child, Greta went to an all catholic school and was described as a rather intense child who knew what it wanted. Already in her youth, Gerwig wanted to obtain an artistic education and therefore aimed to do a degree in musical theater in New York. However, that dream was never accomplished and instead Greta decided to study English and Philosophy at the Barnard College with the intention to become a script writer. Only by chance, Gerwig was casted for one minor role in the film LOL (directed by Richard Swnaberg) which was released in 2006.

This moment marked the start of Greta Gerwig‘s acting career and she continued to collaborate with several other American indie filmmakers and appeared in films such as ‚Hannah Takes the Stairs‘ (2007), ‚Nights and Weekends (2008) and ‚Greenberg‘ (2010). Greta Gerwig made her first mainstream appearance in the film „No Strings Attached“ in 2011 (starring Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher) and also played in the mainstream production „To Rome with Love“ and „Arthur“. However, it is easy to see that Greta Gerwig‘s heart will always be owned by independent films and especially the Mumblecore mouvement.

Gerwig is said to be romantically involved with the director of ‚Greenberg‘ since 2011 and Noah Baumberg also helped Greta Gerwig to co-write her successful film „Frances Ha“ and furthermore directed it.

The film ‚Frances Ha‘, which was released this year, speaks for the young generation of the 20 year olds. Gerwig plays the character of Frances Handley who tries to make it as a dancer. She is drifting between different cities and different lifestyles, always trying to search for her identity, but never really succeeding. Frances Ha perfectly describes the dilemma of today‘s generation. The hipsters and semi-bohemians who desperately try to be unique and independent but at the same time have to attain the adulthood, society expects of us! In „Frances Ha“, Greta Gerwig plays one of the most honest characters we  have seen in a long time and manages with her performance to portray the problems of our generation. Maybe this is what explains the incredible success of the film „Frances Ha“!

Anna-Louisa Werner

 

 

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About ÉCU-The European Independent Film Festival

Hillier Scott
(ECU)

 

 

Scott Hillier, Founder and President of ÉCU - The European Independent Film Festival
 
Scott Hillier is a director, cinematographer, and screenwriter, based in Paris, France. In the last 20 years, Hillier has gained international recognition from his strong and incredible cinematography, editing, writing, producing and directing portfolio in both the television and film industries.  
 
Scott began his career in the television industry in Australia. In 1988, he moved to London getting a job with the BBC who then set him to Baghdad. This opportunity led him to 10 years of traveling around world for the BBC, mainly in war zones like Somalia, Bosnia, Tchetcheynia, Kashmir, and Lebanon. After a near fatal encounter with a Russian bomber in Tchechnyia, Hillier gave up his war coverage and began in a new direction. 
 

He moved to New York City in 1998.  He directed and photographed eight one-hour documentaries for National Geographic and The Discovery Channel. Based on his war knowledge and experience, Hillier wrote and directed a short film titled, “Behind the Eyes of War!" The film was awarded “Best Short Dramatic Film” at the New York Independent Film and TV Festival in 1999. From that he served as Supervising Producer and Director for the critically acclaimed CBS 42 part reality series, "The Bravest” in 2002 and wrote and directed a stage play called, "Deadman’s Mai l," which ran at Le Théâtre du Moulin de la Galette in Paris during the summer of 2004. He then became the Director of Photography on a documentary titled, “Twin Towers." This was yet another life changing experience for Hillier. The riveting documentary won an Academy Award for "Best Documentary Short Subject" in 2003. In 2004, Hillier changed continents again, spending three months in Ethiopia. He produced “Worlds Apart,” a pilot for ABC America / True Entertainment / Endemol. As you can see, Hillier was and is always in constant movement and enjoys working in a number of diverse creative areas including documentaries, music videos, commercials, feature and short films.

 
Scott studied film at New York University and The London Film and Television School. He also studied literary non-fiction writing at Columbia University. Hillier's regular clients include the BBC, Microsoft, ABC, PBS and National Geographic. Between filming assignments, he used to teach film, a Masters Degree course in Screenwriting at the Eicar International Film School in Paris, France and journalism at the Formation des Journalistes Français in Paris, France. 
 

 


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