From the malleable period of life called youth to grappling with growing older, age is a never-ending subject matter to explore within the plot of a film. It is one that we have been drawn to exploring and viewing for as long as cinema has been in our lives. What is it about these transformative years that is so transfixing? Panelists include King Jack director Felix Thompson, Bridgend dierctor Jeppe Ronde, and Gored director Ido Mizrahy. Moderated by Variety’s Gordon Cox.
Director Ido Mizrahy’s first feature-length narrative, the award-winning Things That Hang From Trees (2007) premiered at SXSW and was recently selected to be part of MOMA's permanent collection. In 2011, Mizrahy was a co-director and co-writer on Beyonce: Year of 4, a documentary about the pop singer, which debuted on MTV and VH1. Mizrahy’s first collaboration with writer/producer Geoffrey Gray , the critically acclaimed, feature length documentary, Patrolman P, premiered at DOC NYC and on DirecTV in 2014. GORED marks their second collaboration.
Born in Aarhus, Denmark, Jeppe Ronde grew up surrounded by music and worked as a professional musician until he graduated in Film Science and Art History from The University of Copenhagen. He has directed prizewinning documentaries and commercials, and had his feature debut in 2003 with "Jerusalem My Love". It won numerous international prizes. His film "The Swenkas" won Best International director at Toronto, a Robert (Danish Oscar) and a European Oscar nomination among others. Rønde was voted best commercial director in Denmark 2010, and in 2013 he won two Cannes Lions, gold and bronze for direction and cinematography.
Felix Thompson is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and received an MA in screenwriting from the Royal Holloway University of London. His previous short films have been in competition at festivals such as SXSW, Tribeca and the BFI’s London Film Festival. His first short film “Bedford Park Boulevard” was awarded a grant from the National Board of Review and received the top prizes at NYU’s 2010 First Run Film Festival. “King Jack” is his first feature film and was selected for the Sundance Creative Producing Labs along with producer Gabrielle Nadig. He lives in New York.
Gordon Cox is a reporter and editor at Variety, who oversees the paper’s theater coverage and reports on New York film. Prior to joining Variety in 2005, he spent five years as a theater critic and columnist at Newsday. He has also worked at institutions, including the Brooklyn Academy of Music and San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater.