Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Sarah Polley Tells Stories


Sarah Polley: Stories We Tell 
The Treatment (Radio Program)
Wednesday 5.22.13; 2:30 PM PT
Host: Elvis Mitchell 
Produced by: Jenny Radelet 
KCRW FM 89.9 (Los Angeles); KCRW.com
Five Scoops of Bosco

Filmmaker Sarah Polley's mother died when she was 11.

For years after, it was a family joke around the dinner table that Sarah's dad, the only one she'd ever known, may not have been her biological father.

As a young adult, Sarah met a man whose story confirmed a suspicion she'd always carried with her. A DNA test proved that she was, in fact, conceived during an extramarital affair.

She began collecting stories from friends and family, ultimately weaving these stories into some version of the truth in her new documentary, Stories We Tell.

But more than just a story about her, the film is a story about all of us: why we need to tell stories, why we need to understand them, and have them heard.

Stories We Tell is writer/director Sarah Polley's third feature film.  Her first two were Away from Her (2006) and Take This Waltz (2011).

A "treatment," in Hollywood parlance, is a concise overview of a screenplay.

On The Treatment, film critic Elvis Mitchell turns the tables and gives the "treatment" to some of the most influential and innovative forces creating movies and popular art and entertainment.

Each week, Mitchell speaks with an amazing array of guests, discussing everything from their inner conflicts to their interior design.

With a straightforward style that understates his vast knowledge, Elvis Mitchell is able to extract insights, issues and inspirations from even the most introverted guests.

Conversations on The Treatment are mostly comfortable, sometimes contentious, but always fascinating.

Listen to The Treatment every Wednesday at 2:30 PM PT in the Los Angeles area on KCRW 89.9 FM or on the internet at KCRW.com  We have provided a link to the show via our Bosco Radio News and Information Channel in our sidebar.

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