Ruth Copland was invited to interview Maverick Spirit Award recipient Andie MacDowell by Cinequest co-founders Kathleen Powell and Halfdan Hussey. The conversation took place live on stage at the historic California Theatre, San Jose, California, in front of a packed audience after Andie MacDowell received the Maverick Spirit Award during the film festival. Co-founder Kathleen Powell is a former guest of It’s A Question Of Balance® radio show.

The Maverick Spirit Award is Cinequest’s most prestigious accolade, recognizing those who stand apart from the crowd, willing to create and innovate from a place of personal yet global vision. The Maverick tries the difficult if not impossible, and delivers original work and an original life.

INTERVIEW TRAILER (Edited by Gergely Laszlo-Zwickl)


Andie MacDowell talks to Ruth Copland about about how older women “still like love and affection!”; how it’s hard to find multifaceted, sexy female roles in film; and what she liked about her character in Love After Love, which had its world premiere at Cinequest.

Andie MacDowell talks to Ruth Copland about when she first realised as a child that she wanted to act; her challenging upbringing and self-belief; how she relied on her “weirdo spirit” to make it up as she went along in terms of succeeding in film; and what motivated her to keep going after the devastation of an early career disaster.

Andie MacDowell talks to Ruth Copland about how it breaks her heart “women don’t think they age as beautifully as men”; how she was the first actress to bank back-to-back Number One films at the box office; how she’s kept her sense of her true self despite her fame; how she’d like to see women’s sexuality portrayed in film; and her process for embodying a character.

Andie MacDowell talks to Ruth Copland about art helping us process difficult events; challenging the “demeaning” concept in the film industry that ‘people go to see movies to see men’; what she’s most proud of; and being a true maverick spirit.

It’s A Question Of Balance ® radio show balances the intellectual with the creative, exploring whether we have more in common than divides us through thought-provoking conversations – out and about with people on the street on different topics, and in the studio with inspiring guests from the arts. Balance is not a compromise. Balance is truth distilled from many places creating cohesive understanding. Hosted by Ruth Copland.

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