PODCAST| Chiara Nicoletti interviews Zoe Cassavettes, director of the film Junior.
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After directing two feature films, Zoe Cassavetes, daughter of John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands decided that it was time to approach the world of the TV series. So, she created and directed Junior, a ten-part coming-of-age story produced by France’s Manny Films for digital media company Blackpills, starring Amy Seimetz and Eric Johnson. At the 12th Rome Film Fest – Alice nella Città Zoe Cassavetes presents Junior in a special screening while being in the “Camera d’Oro” jury for the best first film. As every episode of Junior is about 12 minutes long, the director explains how she managed to develop the characters and give them a very nuanced personality to which people can relate.
Junior: Teenage rebel Logan finds out that ‘coming of age’ is a lot harder than she thought. A coming-of-age, short-format series produced by France’s Manny Films for the newly launched platform Blackpills. Shot in LA and turning on a teenage girl, Junior will explore the psyche and unbridled sexuality of adolescents brought up with Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook and other social media. The show centres on Logan, a 16-year-old New Yorker turned to Los Angeles trying to find her voice as a filmmaker as well as her place in a new high school. At home, Logan is confronted with her newly single mom and her mom’s problematically charming producer boyfriend. At school, she enters into a complicated friendship with classmate and muse Jess. In between it all, Logan tries—and epically fails—to embody the empowered female she wants to be, learning a hell of a lot about how relationships work in the process.