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In-Depth Arts Interview: Max Carlson and Shawn Austin

Max Carlson, Shawn Austin, Princess of the Row

L to R: Director and Co-writer Max Carlson; Film poster featuring Edi Gathegi, Tayler Buck; Producer and Co-writer Shawn Austin.

Ruth Copland talks to Van Maximilian (Max) Carlson – the Los Angeles-born American-Mexican award-winning independent film director/writer/editor and owner of Oddbox Films – and A. Shawn Austin, writer/producer and President of Big Boss Creative, Inc. in Burbank, California. Together they wrote and produced the award-winning film ‘Princess of the Row’, with Max Carlson directing.
The inspiring film tells the tale of a runaway foster child who will stop at nothing to live with the only family she knows: her father… a homeless mentally ill veteran who lives on the streets of LA’s skid row.

‘Princess of the Row’ addresses difficult social issues sensitively and powerfully. It is a life-affirming story, beautifully shot, with a hauntingly atmospheric score, and a talented cast including iconic actor Martin Sheen; Edi Gathegi; Tayler Buck; Ana Ortiz; and Jacob Vargas.

Ruth Copland talks to the film-makers about what inspired them to tell this story, how you take a story from an idea to a fully realised film, and why they became film-makers in the first place.

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Ruth Copland interviewed Max Carlson and Shawn Austin at the Cinequest Film Festival in Silicon Valley where ‘Princess of the Row’ had its world premiere. You can follow @PrincessOfTheRow on Facebook and @PrincessOfTheRow on Instagram and Twitter.

Princess of the Row, Tayler Buck, Edi Gathegi

L to R: Tayler Buck, Edi Gathegi playing father and daughter in ‘Princess of the Row’.

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