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Stephanie Ronnet is a regular contributor to Filmfestivals.com, she is based in Los Angeles and Paris.
She is an entertainment industry and studio strategist, experienced in creating, developing and executing innovative brand strategies and impactful campaigns.
As a reporter, Stephanie was first published at 15 years of age in the UNESCO Courier, and writes for Filmfestivals.com consistently.  
Over the years, Stephanie has been the Executive Director of the French American Chamber of Commerce, Senior Executive at Entertainment News Agency, Filmfestivals.com, and she ran FOX SEARCHLIGHT France releasing One Hour Photo, Dancer Upstairs and other great movies. 
Stephanie defines herself as a Swiss knife driven by her love of cinema. She focuses on the making of her first film which she wrote, and looks for great projects to produce.


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ASH MORRIS : A BRITISH FILMMAKER TO WATCH

2010 -  The world was introduced to the Crawleys and their personnel. “Downton Abbey” took viewers by storm. I’m bed-ridden. I’m fighting a letter that more often than not, carries a death sentence. 
Years pass by, I travel extensively in-between treatement sessions, I co-produce a documentary, and I write a lot. I’m young but I feel a higher sense of urgency. I eventually conquered, the beast is down. 
2017 -  Remission coincided with a lot of catching up on cultural nourishment. My good friend Sophie Saleyron, publicist extraordinaire, highly recommends “Downton Abbey”. I check it out : 52 episodes, 6 seasons, dammit, I have a life to live, and it’s an awfully long commitment ! Yet , my curiosity is piqued, I abide.

The opening sequence mesmerized me. I’m hooked ! I wonder how I could haved missed on the limpy valet. Who the heck was this actor ? Definitely not in his prime, with raw talent and charismatic presence -- his fans called him Mr. Bates, I discovered Brendan Coyle. I became fascinated by the sublety of his performance, and loved how he captured the essence of his character. 

I grew up obsessed with cinema. Movies offered me the greatest escape from school, which I often skipped to find refuge in theaters. I idolized Gassman, Cooper, Newman, Hoffman, Streep, Lange, and felt like I would never experience such excitement ever again. Not until this happens ! 
I binged-raced “Downton Abbey” in 5 days, barely slept, and watched everything I could get my hands on featuring Brendan Coyle.
A few months later, I flew from L.A to London to see Coyle perform "St. Nicholas" on stage, which I saw again a few days later in… Dublin ! I wanted to experience that glorious pleasure of spotting different inflections, possibly a different acting approach. The man didn’t disappoint and Conor McPherson’s writing was utterly brilliant. 

Deep inside this newfound quest, I stumbled upon wonderful British productions, and even  penned a screenplay inspired by Coyle’s career. In some odd fashion, my discovery of Brendan Coyle brought about several others.

One of them was the teaser of a short film partially produced by Coyle’s production company Anderson Shelter, and directed by Ash Morris -- called “Bare”. It had great qualities that immediately caught my attention. It first intrigued me because the story revolved around boxing. I’ve always enjoyed the noble art. My father and I would watch matches together. These were moments of communion I treasured. I longed to see the entire film. 
I connected with Ash Morris, and he kindly emailed me a link with this note : “It's a pretty tough watch!”.  Indeed I did not expect “Bare” to be gory at all. However, even if horror films aren’t my cup of tea, it didn’t turn me off. It’s a captivating film in many regards.
The photography is gorgeous, and the film has a compelling cinéma vérité style originating from Ash Morris’ interest in social realism. As he writes on his online page he makes “Films/Documentaries that blur the lines between fiction and non-fiction”. 

2018 -  I met with Ash in Oxford on a heavy rainy day. Since this interview, he got selected for 2019/20 BAFTA Crew talent development programme, and joined the 4STORIES initiative. He directed “Adulting” due to air on BBC. A middle-aged man with a scruffy beard and a bright future, Ash Morris is a British filmmaker to watch
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Click on the video below for my conversation with Ash Morris⬇︎

 

 

 

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