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Press: Kate Bosworth Talks She Directed, Gender Disparity, Human Trafficking and More

Kate Bosworth is known for her acting roles in films such as Blue Crush, Still Alice, Superman Returns and Before I Wake, but she also has used her talents behind the camera, producing projects such as the upcoming I-Land, Hot Bot and Amnesiac, so it is not surprising that she is partnering alongside Women In Film and Chloe Wine Collection to provide opportunities for female filmmakers through the launch of She Directed, a campaign and contest that celebrates women in the director’s chair.

“I teamed up with Chloe Wine Collection and Women in Film to help launch She Directed because the film industry is constantly challenged by gender disparity,” she tells Parade.com in this exclusive interview. “Women account for only a small fraction of directors. It’s important to support women in the director’s chair and increase the opportunities for female filmmakers.”

Bosworth has yet to direct her first film, but as mentioned, she is putting her behind-the-scenes skills to use as a producer, and as such, has the just released Nona, available on VOD.

It is the story of a girl from Honduras (Nona), who is searching for a better life in the United States. Through her journey, she is sadly sold into sex trafficking. It was written and directed by Bosworth’s husband Michael Polish, while she served as executive producer and fully financed the film.

“We cast a relatively unknown Latina actress (Sulem Calderon) and the movie is entirely in Spanish,” Bosworth says. “It was important to us to keep the authenticity totally intact in order to tell the purest version of the story for these victims. We felt compelled to tell the narrative story of one girl, so that audiences will better understand the HOW and the WHY an individual is sold into human trafficking.

“These are our daughters, sisters, wives, mothers. So often the statistics of human trafficking will eclipse the humanity and empathy for these individuals. With NONA – we seek to give a face to this global epidemic, and through our art, contribute to making the world a better place.”

Do you think the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements inspired this contest and other female-led initiatives?
I absolutely believe these movements have helped acknowledge the need for more female led initiatives and in that sense, have also helped to inspire more female-forward stories in the entertainment industry. Initiatives like She Directed are so critical at the moment. They are a call to action not only for female filmmakers to create and submit their stories, but also to be rewarded so that they can continue telling their stories. I applaud brands like Chloe Wine Collection for walking the walk. It takes support from all sides — brands included — to move the dial.

One of the goals of the contest — in addition to the cash prize — and maybe a more important one — is to provide the four winning female filmmakers with a professional mentorship.
I am such a big believer in the significance of mentorships. I always communicate to young filmmakers/artists the great value of seeking out mentors. I did not have one myself and I wish I had been more proactive about that when I was younger. I felt too shy or that I would be bothering someone in asking for their time and guidance — and that is so far from the truth. Now, having more than 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry, I offer myself as a mentor to so many young artists. I feel it is absolutely my duty, and an honor to do so. To be a part of someone’s creative growth is an incredibly inspiring experience.

Tell us about the Montana Institute of the Arts that you launched with your husband and how it’s similar to your current work with She Directed.
Yes! We went MIA! Montana is a very important state to Michael and myself. Michael has a lot of family heritage there and we were married there. It’s the perfect place for creativity and yet it is the least funded/supported state for film or the arts. We decided to contribute by starting a two week intensive program in July — guiding the students to bring their stories from script to screen. Teaching at MIA has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my career. A great example of supporting young female story tellers: one of our female students wrote a great script (and through an acting class, I noticed she is also a great actress). She wrote the main character of her short as a man. When I asked her why, she explained that writing for men was what she was used to doing. Michael and I had her change the main character to a female and encouraged her to play the lead character. She did just that and she shined. The short was one of the best in the class. That entire team who made that specific short was made up of young women. I was – and still am – really proud of them.

You started your career so young. Did you have a mentor or someone who gave you a helping hand that you want to mention?
As I mentioned above, I wish I had sought out mentors more. I feel like I married a partner who has great influence and guidance to my career. Michael is so incredibly supportive and helps me to understand the dynamics of the industry, particularly from a directing stand point. I also feel closely aligned to Donna Langley (President of Universal Pictures). She began her career at Universal the same year we made Blue Crush together, so we will always have a special connection that way. She is incredibly generous with herself as a mentor, particularly given how busy she is! Donna is truly a phenomenal human being.

Will you ever begin directing yourself?
One piece of advice I give to young filmmakers: “Tell your story. The one no one else can tell.” I’m looking for mine. Producing has been a great transition to begin working behind the camera. I am learning so much — from concept to delivery of the picture.

You are starring in the new Netflix series The I-Land. What was it that intrigued you about the project to play the role?
I can’t say much without giving too much away, but I was very intrigued with the concept of instinct. What makes a person who they are? Is it something you are born with or something you learn through experience? These are questions that fascinate me, and thematically I am drawn to both in story and character development. I also produced this series with Netflix and that was an incredibly rewarding experience for me, they are an incredible company to collaborate with.

You also have the movie The Devil Has a Name?
This was such a great movie experience for me. Eddie Olmos [Edward James Olmos] is extraordinary, as a director, as an actor, and most importantly as a person. He is a true original. He allows for pure creative space for everyone involved in the project. It’s a wonderful experience, working with him this way. And he brings an enormous amount of joy to every relationship on set. I would do anything for him. He’s a legend.

Can you tell us about your evolving career and how you were able to transition back and forth between film and TV?
I feel so lucky to have had the career I have experienced and continue to experience. I fell into this industry by accident when I was 14 (Though is anything really an accident? Who knows?). I have done my best to choose roles that fulfill me and that have integrity. I really adore working on TV. Obviously, it has evolved into a space with great opportunity to explore characters in a deeper and more patient way than 90 minutes can achieve. With that said, I will always remain loyal to the romance of the big screen. She has no comparison that way.

What do you appreciate about being in your 30s? Is there more a sense of confidence? Knowing who you are? Taking the bull by the horns when there is something you desire?
Funny you say that. One of the characters I am developing at the moment is a female bull rider. So yes. Without a doubt.
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Photos: Various Film HD Screencaps

Photos: Various Film HD Screencaps

I’ve added film high definition screen captures from Beyond the Sea, Superman Returns, and Amnesiac, to the gallery. I was waiting to add them as I made them spotlight projects, but oh well, I’ll add the stills and posters and create the information page for each of these in the near future. Enjoy!

Photos: Various Film Blu-Ray Screencaps

Photos: Various Film Blu-Ray Screencaps

I’ve added film blu-ray screen captures from 90 Minutes in Heaven, Black Rock, Little Birds, The Warrior’s Way, and 21, to the gallery. I was waiting to add them as I made them spotlight projects, but oh well, I’ll add the stills and posters and create the information page for each of these in the near future. Enjoy!

Spotlight Project: Straw Dogs

I’ve added our new spotlight project to the site: Straw Dogs.

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Spotlight Project: The Newcomers

Spotlight Project: The Newcomers

I’ve added our new spotlight project to the site: The Newcomers.

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Photos: Promotional Public Events + Project Stills + Photo Sessions Update

Photos: Promotional Public Events + Photo Sessions Update

I’ve added about 1,000 missing photos to the gallery of Kate from promotional public events in the last month or so and a few photo session additions. I also replaced many smaller images with larger ones so be sure to check those out in the gallery. Enjoy.

Press/Photos/Video: Kate promotes ‘Nona’ in NYC

Press/Photos/Video: Kate promotes ‘Nona’ in NYC

Kate is in New York today doing loads of promotion for the film Nona. Check out interviews she did today with Kelly and Ryan and Access, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and Build Series. She also did interviews with Sirius XM, Good Day America Day and SAG-AFTRA Conversations. I’ll add those videos when they surface. Be sure to tune into the Late Night with Seth Meyers where she will be a guest tonight.

I’ve added a bunch of photos from all her appearances today to the gallery under Nona‘s promotions. She looks so lovely! Big thanks to my friend Mary for a bunch of these. More photos to come. Enjoy.

 

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