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



Street. The event is free and open to the public.

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There are legitimate theories that the Big Bang originated from the collapse of a black hole in a fourth-dimensional universe. This stuff fascinates me, and I love reading about it. I love reading about science. And about anything, for that matter, provided it's interesting - and everything is potentially interesting, so I'm fascinated by a lot of things. I also read a lot of fiction (Kurt Vonnegut deserves deification) and watch a lot of movies (Charlie Chaplin also deserves deification). I've made a few short films myself. I'm also a writer of everything - I'm close to a Bachelor's in English at IUS. My life consists of reading, writing, bartending, and taking care of my daughter full-time. Life is busy and life is stressful, but that's why there's music and art and other forms of relaxation.

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