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Q&A with BLIND WILLOW, SLEEPING WOMAN Filmmaker Pierre Földes, Co-Presented by Literary Hub

Saturday, April 15

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Moderated by Senior Film Writer Olivia Rutigliano

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A consummate artist, Pierre Földes is a director, composer and painter. Born in the United States to a Hungarian father and British mother, Pierre Földes is the son of a pioneer of computer animation, Peter Foldes, nominated for an Oscar and a César winner. Pierre grew up in Paris where he studied piano and composition. He began his career in New York composing music for film and advertising before moving to Europe. Fascinated by drawing and animation, he has written and directed several short films by adapting a production pipeline to his idea of film. He has thus developed his own unique and personal style and technique.

Olivia Rutigliano is a writer based in New York City. She is the senior film writer at Lit Hub and the associate editor of its vertical CrimeReads. Her essays and reviews have also appeared in or are forthcoming from Vanity Fair, VultureLapham's Quarterly, Public Books, The Baffler, Bright Wall/Dark Room, Politics/Letters, Truly AdventurousThe Los Angeles Review of Books, Catapult and elsewhere. She has written a PBS television special starring the opera singer Renée Fleming, and her research on stolen and missing Oscars has been featured in Forbes and Mother Jones, and funded by the Mellon Foundation. A narrative historical essay she wrote called "The Joke" is currently being optioned in partnership with Elle Fanning, who recorded it as an episode of the "Paperless" podcast. She is receiving her PhD from Columbia University in 2023, and has an MPhil and MA from Columbia and an MA and BA from the University of Pennsylvania.

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