'Winter's Bone' director Debra Granik to headline Spalding's Festival of Contemporary Writing

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'Winter's Bone' director Debra Granik to headline Spalding's Festival of Contemp

It's no secret that we love Jennifer Lawrence. The Louisville lady has made quite a career for herself in the world of cinema, starring in an impressive three films this year – the highly anticipated and acclaimed The Hunger Games, the annoying and hardly-worth-mentioning The House at the End of the Street, and, later this month, The Silver Linings Playbook, which is already generating some buzz among early Oscar predictors (which I totally keep up with in preparation – have I mentioned my annual Oscars drinking game party?) who claim Ms. Lawrence is a favorite for the Best Actress nomination.

Lawrence really burst on the scene, though, back in 2010, making Louisville proud by snagging a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her role in Winter's Bone (losing to Natalie Portman for Black Swan). Winter's Bone tells the story of a family living in the Ozarks. The oldest, Ree (Lawrence) looks after her siblings and disabled mother when the law comes looking for her father, who has disappeared and skipped out on his court date.

We are not here, however, to talk about Ms. Lawrence, but rather Debra Granik, director and co-writer of Winter's Bone, who will be in Louisville tomorrow (Tuesday) to headline Spalding University's Festival of Contemporary Writing. After participating in the film program at New York University, she made the short film Snake Feed, which was eventually expanded into her first feature film, Down to the Bone, in 2004. Her second film was Winter's Bone in 2010, which, along with Lawrence's nod, also received Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor (John Hawkes), Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Picture.

Granik's talk will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, in the Spalding University Auditorium, located at 824 S. 4th Street. The event is free and open to the public.

Image: Internet Movie Database

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