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Vanessa Kirby, star of PIECES OF A WOMAN, and Kirsten Johnson, director of DICK JOHNSON IS DEAD, joined the AFI Summit presented by Audi Indie Contenders panel and Doc Roundtable, respectively, to talk about their films and the art of filmmaking.

PIECES OF A WOMAN, an upcoming Netflix Original drama about an odyssey of mourning following the tragedy during childbirth, is directed by Kornél Mundruczó, written by Kata Wéber and executive produced by Martin Scorsese. Along with Kirby, the film stars Shia LaBeouf, Ellen Burstyn and Molly Parker.

In approaching her role, Kirby said, “The more women I spoke to who had been through it and had lost children in that way or very similar ways or lost anyone, the more I realized we had a duty to honor those stories.”

Watch Kirby in the Indie Contenders panel at AFI FEST presented by Audi.

Over at the Doc Roundtable, Kirsten Johnson spoke about her unique documentary, DICK JOHNSON IS DEAD, but started out by first celebrating the existential fight that her fellow filmmakers put into their films. Talking about the origins of her film, believing that cinema is time travel and can keep people alive for us, she wondered if film could do that for her father.

With her previous documentary experience of seeing people fight for their lives, she decided she wanted to make a funny movie – and the resulting film shows Johnson staging her father’s death in inventive and comical ways to help them both face the inevitable.

Watch Johnson and the full panel of the AFI Summit Doc Roundtable.

Watch the trailer for DICK JOHNSON IS DEAD:


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