Ep 145: A Film by Rebecca Eskreis, What Breaks the Ice


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Rebecca Eskreis is a director, writer and producer whose work has screened at numerous international festivals, including SXSW, TIFF, SIFF, deadCenter, Savannah, Munich, Stockholm and Thessaloniki.
Her directorial debut project, WHAT BREAKS THE ICE (Goldcrest Films), received the Sandra Adair/Empowering a Billion Women Grant for promising female filmmakers from the Austin Film Society, and was selected for the Austin Film Society’s Artist Intensive, hosted annually by Richard Linklater. The project was also a finalist for the 2016 Mayor’s Office of New York/Women in Film/Producers Guild Financing Lab. WHAT BREAKS THE ICE stars Sofia Hublitz and Madelyn Cline, and premiered at the 2020 Woodstock Film Festival as a drive-in double feature alongside a special presentation of Francis Lee’s AMMONITE. The film was released theatrically across the U.S. in October 2021 and is now available to stream everywhere.
Mentored by the late Jonathan Demme, Eskreis previously worked as a producer at his company, Clinica Estetico, following stints at 72 Productions, Red Hour Films and Di Novi Pictures, where she was the creative executive. She’s served as a panelist at numerous film festivals and, most recently, participated in the New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT) “From Script to Pre-Production” lecture series. Eskreis began her career as a reporter and producer/director for Forbes.com’s Video Network. She holds a BA, Magna Cum Laude, from Barnard College at Columbia University, an MFA from the USC School of Cinematic Arts and is a proud member of NYWIFT and Film Fatales.
W: https://whatbreakstheice.com/#in-the-press
You can watch the film here: https://whatbreakstheice.com/#in-the-press
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