Circuit Breaker Interview: Greta Gerwig, Scott Cooper, Maggie Betts, and Daniela Vega from MFF

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As we get into the winter break, it’s great to hear some of the best moments of the season so far as we go back to the Middleburg Film Festival in October.  There, we had the chance to speak to several contenders including Greta Gerwig, the writer, and director of “Lady Bird,” Maggie Betts, writer and director of “Novitiate,” Daniela Vega, star “A Fantastic Woman,” Valerie Faris, co-director of “Battle of the Sexes,” and Scott Cooper, the co-writer and director of “Hostiles.”

Recorded during Middleburg, we had time with each of the filmmakers and stars who are in the thick of the Oscar race.  They touch on films, movies, politics, and responding to the Harvey Weinstein scandal that dropped shortly before the festival.  As voters gear up to take their screeners home, they will be prioritizing what they need to watch. Any of the films by these filmmakers would be time well spent.  Let’s hear what they think of films, movies, the Harvey Weinstein controversy, and more.

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Clayton Davis--prolific writer and autism awareness advocate of Puerto Rican and Black descent, known for his relentless passion, dedication, and unique aptitude. Over the course of a decade, he has been criticizing both film and television extensively. To date, he has been either featured or quoted in an array of prominent outlets, including but not limited to The New York Times, CNN.com, Variety, Deadline, Los Angeles Times, FOX 5, Bloomberg Television, AOL, Huffington Post, Bloomberg Radio, The Wrap, Slash Film, and the Hollywood Reporter. Growing up in the Bronx, Clayton’s avid interest in the movie world began the moment he first watched "Dead Poets Society” at just five years of age. While he struggled in English class all throughout grade school, he dived head first into writing, ultimately taking those insufficiencies and transforming them into ardent writings pertaining to all things film, television, and most importantly, the Academy Awards. In addition to crafting a collection of short stories that give a voice to films that haven’t made it to the silver screen, Clayton currently serves as the Founding Editor of AwardsCircuit.com. He also holds active voting membership at various esteemed organizations, such as the Broadcast Film Critics Association, Broadcast Television Journalists Association, African-American Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Online, Black Reel Awards, and International Press Academy. Furthermore, Clayton obtained his B.A. degree in American Studies and Communications.