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Interview: Kelly Forman Craig & James L. Brooks Discuss “The Edge of Seventeen”

Kelly Forman Craig makes her directorial debut in the coming-of-age dramedy The Edge of Seventeen.  Tackling the sluggish and always embarrassing days of adolescence Craig has her protagonist Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld) navigate the rigors of high school as she works to overcome her father’s death, her brothers new girlfriend and her obsession with Petland’s newest stock room employee.

Craig effectively makes a unique and fierce teen film without adhering to the clichés, joining the ranks of such cult classics as Mean Girls, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Pretty in Pink and American Pie.

Check out our sit down with Craig and Oscar winning producer James L. Brooks as we dive into star Hailee Stienfeld, the film’s killer soundtrack and that flawless animation sequence.

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About Stephen Davis

Stephen Davis
I owe this hobby/career to the one and only Stephanie Peterman who, while interning at Fox, told me that I had too many opinions and irrelevant information to keep it all bottled up inside. I survived my first rated R film, Alive, at the ripe age of 8, it took me months to grasp the fact that Julia Roberts actually died at the end of Steel Magnolias, and I might be the only person alive who actually enjoyed Sorority Row…for its comedic value of course. While my friends can drink you under the table, I can outwatch you when it comes iconic, yet horrid 80s films like Adventures in Babysitting and Troop Beverly Hills. I have no shame when it comes to what I like, and if you have a problem with that, then we’ll settle it on the racquetball court. I see too many movies to actually win any film trivia contest, so don’t waste your first pick on me. My friends rent movies from my bookcase shelves, and one day I do plan to start charging. I long to live in LA, where my movie obsession will actually help me fit in, but for now I am content with my home in Austin. I prefer indies to blockbusters, Longhorns to Sooners and Halloween to Friday the 13th. I miss the classics, as well as John Ritter, and I hope to one day sit down and interview the amazing Kate Winslet.

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