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John Reddy, Jashaun St. John – Songs My Brothers Taught Me #Cannes2015

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First time film actors, playing versions of themselves and representing the positive effects of street casting.

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John Reddy, Jashaun St. John – Actors – Songs My Brothers Taught Me.

FRED’s Matt Micucci meets John Reddy and Jashaun St. John, actors in the film Songs My Brothers Taught Me from the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs of the 68th Cannes Film Festival.

John and Jashaun are first time actors, so we ask them about what the experience of making their debut was like and how they were initially approached by the director Chloé Zhao.

We also ask them about Pine Ridge, the place where the film is set, and whether or not they recognized many of the things of the film in their everyday lives.

Having made their film debut, John and Jashaun hope to continue to pursue a career in acting, and so we take this opportunity to ask them what they would like to star in and what type of films they would like to be a part of in the future.

SONGS MY BROTHERS TAUGHT ME: Songs My Brothers Taught Me is a compelling and complex portrait of modern day life on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation that explores the bond between a brother and his younger sister, who find themselves on separate paths to rediscovering the meaning of home. Chloé Zhao sensitively infiltrates isolated Indian Country to offer a rare, modern gaze keenly felt through the eyes of her magnetic non-professional lead actors, providing a universally resonant tale set amid the magnificent, promising wild of young generation Lakotas.

  • Reporter
    Matt Micucci
  • Guest
    John Reddy, Jashaun St. John
  • Interviewee role
  • Film title
    Songs My Brothers Taught Me
  • Festival section
    Quinzaine des Réalisateurs
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