Film Producer Sarah Green Talks at Austin Film Festival

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By Arlett Ramirez
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AUSTIN, TX – Sarah Green is an Oscar and Emmy-nominated producer who spoke about her work as a producer at the Austin Film Festival (AFF) on Oct. 25 at the Driskill Hotel Ballroom. 

Her panel was moderated by Executive Director and Co-founder of the AFF Barbara Morgan. Some of Green’s films that she’s worked on are “Fahrenheit 451,” “Loving,” “Mud,” “The Tree of Life,” “Frida” and independent films.

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Film Producer Sarah Green talks with writers at the Austin Film Festival on Oct 25. Image by Jack Plunkett.

Green said that there are many types of producers and that they can be heavily involved or very hands-off. 

“Each producer has their own style and they’re all valuable,” Green said. “I like to be involved from conception [of story or movie] to the release.”

Green has had a close working relationship with directors Jeff Nichols and Terrence Malick. Nichols directed “Loving,” “Take Shelter” and “Mud.” Malick has directed “The New World,” “Knight of Cups,” and “Song to Song.” Green worked closely on all these projects.

The film “Loving” is a biographical romantic drama that tells the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, the plaintiffs in the 1967 U.S. Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia which invalidated state laws prohibiting interracial marriage. Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga star as Richard and Mildred Loving.

Green talked about a powerful scene in the movie where Edgerton’s acting moved her to tears.

“There’s a scene in ‘Loving’ where Joel’s character is told that his children with his wife are illegitimate because they are biracial,” Green said. “His face goes through so many emotions. Confusion. Sadness. Fear. Anger. Rage. All at the thought of his children being recognized as bastards by the state. That’s the moment I lost it and began sobbing.”

Green also worked on the film “The Tree of Life,” a critically acclaimed film that won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. “The Tree of Life” polarized critics at first, but has been critically acclaimed since then. 

“Terry reinvented storytelling when he did ‘The Tree of Life.’ It was controversial, but it won the Palme d’Or in 2011,” Green said.

Many writers attended the panel and asked Green questions about what type of projects interest her. Green said that she’s “looking for people who speak to me.”

She also told writers to educate themselves by looking at the box office numbers and films already made. She stressed the importance for writers to address the themes and what’s important to a film.

Featured image by Jack Plunkett.

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