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Last year executive producer Jennifer Aniston and Lifetime started the FIVE film project which brought five female directors together to direct five short films about domestic violence. This year the focus switches to mental illness with films about bipolar disorder, depression, PTSD, schizophrenia and how the illnesses affect friends, family, partners and careers. Bryce Dallas Howard, Laura Dern, Bonnie Hunt, Ashley Judd and Sharon Maguire direct the films.
Brittany Snow plays Lucy, a schizophrenic, in three of the films. In this film she suffers a breakdown during law school as she goes off her meds. She’s institutionalized and meets and befriends Bruce [Jason Ritter]. They spent quite a bit of time in group therapy and walking around on the grounds of this really nice rehab facility. Lucy’s quite shook up and doubtful about her intended career as a lawyer due to her mental health. A psychotherapist [Academy-award winner Octavia Spencer] convinces her to use her illness to her advantage. Snow’s quite talented. Very impressive and emotive in this role. Not too theatrical or flat. She’s just right. Truly convincing.
With a single mom, played by the venerable Melissa Leo, suffering from bipolar disorder her teenaged daughter [Sarah Hyland] must effectively become the parent. When her mom endures manic and depressive episodes, she hides them from her friends as it’s difficult to explain and embarrassing as a teenager to have an abnormal mom. One afternoon her mom takes her friends on a shopping spree and Grace witnesses her becoming frighteningly unhinged. Hyland and Leo have a strong connection. Director Laura Dern captures the manic and depressive episodes quite well with colors and camera movement.
When Lucy [Snow] returns home it’s to the dismay of her younger sister Allison [Sofia Vassilieva] who brought her boyfriend to meet her parents and never expected to see her sister who she considers unstable. She’s not very understanding or supportive to Lucy. Finally she says, “I’m not afraid of you. I’m afraid of becoming you.” It turns out that Allison’s been worried that she’d develop schizophrenia just like Lucy.
Eddie [Mitch Rouse] is a comedian with depression. How could that be possible? He’s married and has plenty of friends too. Depression isn’t about one’s environmental situation. It’s about brain chemistry. Eddie’s in such despair and pain that he’s contemplating suicide. He’s become much darker than usual. Only his wife [Lea Thompson] recognizes this about him though.
Ashley Judd directs Jennifer Hudson as a soldier returning home after repeatedly being raped by her superior officer. She’s suffering from PTSD and ends up having her son taken away from her. Lucy is back and she’s representing Maggie. When Maggie isn’t too keen on it being Lucy’s first case Lucy explains that she understands what it’s like for others not to understand about her mental health. Lucy says: “I have seen thousands of spiders running up my best friend’s face.”
There’s such a strong stigma regarding mental illness that makes it difficult for people to honestly discuss. Anyone who has a mental illness or knows someone with a mental illness will understand and recognize the struggles faced by those in the films. There’s constant maintenance and vigilance. It takes a support system and perseverance. For someone who doesn’t know someone with mental illness perhaps these short films will dispel some misconceptions.
CALL ME CRAZY airs SATURDAY, APRIL 20 on LIFETIME at 8 PM ET/PST
Betty & Coretta tells the dual real-life stories of Coretta Scott King (Golden Globe® Award-winner and Academy Award®-nominee Angela Bassett) and Dr. Betty Shabazz (nine-time Grammy®-winning recording artist Mary J. Blige), the wives of Dr. Martin Luther King (Malik Yoba, New York Undercover) and Malcolm X (Lindsay Owen Pierre, The Killing Yard). After their husbands’ tragic assassinations, they create a life-long bond.
Kicking off Lifetime’s Black History Month celebration, Betty & Coretta will premiere Saturday, February 2, at 8:00pm ET/PT.
Twist of Faith, an interfaith love story about a single Christian mother (six-time Grammy-winner Toni Braxton) and an Orthodox Jewish widower (David Julian Hirsh, Weeds), whose mutual passion for music and singing draws them together, will premiere Saturday, February 9, at 8:00pmET/PT.
Pastor Brown, which follows a young woman (Salli Richardson-Whitfield) who returns home to take over as pastor of the family church after her father’s (Keith David) death and is forced to face her sordid past and mend fences with her son (Michael B. Jordan) and sister (Nicole Ari Parker), will premiere Saturday, February 16, at 8:00pm ET/PT.
Lifetime received ten NAACP Image Award nominations, more than any other basic cable network, for Steel Magnolias, 2012’s number one cable movie telecast among key demographics (excluding miniseries), and Abducted: The Carlina White Story, which averaged more than 4 million Total Viewers.
MEET THE DESIGNERS:
Who: AMANDA VALENTINE
Hometown: Lincoln, NE
Current: Nashville, TN
Favorite designers: Isabel Marant, Yves Saint Laurent, Balmain, Alexander Wang
Style icon: Cindy Crawford (1994 House of Style Cindy)
School: The University of Nebraska with a degree in clothing and textile design
Misc: brother is in Maroon 5
Who: BENJAMIN MACH
Hometown: Sydney, AUS
Favorite designers: Madame Gres, Madeleine Vionnet, Cristobal Balenciaga
Style icon: The woman who appreciates his design and wears it well
School: Sydney Institute of Technology
Misc: worked with Marchesa in London
Who: CINDY MARLATT
Hometown: Kent, Wash.
Current: Kent, Wash.
Favorite designers: Joseph Altuzarra
Style icon: Michelle Obama
School: Art Institute of Seattle
Misc: funeral director for 20 years
Who: DANIEL ESQUIVEL
Hometown: Austin, Texas
Current: Austin, Texas
Favorite designers: Wes Gordon
Style icon: Sarah Jessica Parker
Who: EMILY POLLARD
Hometown: Richfield, Ohio
Current: Falls Church, VA
Favorite designers: Gareth Pugh, Haider Ackermann, Ann Demeulemeester, Yoji Yamamoto
School: Savannah College of Art and Design – fashion and graphic design
Misc: likes to make her own fibers
Who: JAMES MARTINEZ
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Current: Dallas, Texas
Favorite designers: Viktor & Rolf, Valentino
Style icon: Lenny Kravitz
Misc: fashion line called Barron & J
Who: JOSEPH AARON SEGAL
Hometown: Framingham, Mass.
Current: Providence, RI
Favorite designers: JC de Castelbajac, Walter Van Beirendonck, Lanvin
Style icon: Grace Jones, Leigh Bowery, Prince
School: UMass, Amherst—BFA in painting & art history; Rhode Island School of Design– MFA in textile design
Misc: teaches at RISD, clothing lines Pretty Snake and WORLD of JAS
Who: KATELYN PANKOKE
Hometown: Parkland, Fla.
Favorite designers: Alberta Feretti, Marchesa, Alexander McQueen
Style icon: Grace Kelly
School: Florida State University — Apparel Design and Technology program
Misc: owner and creative director of Elaya Vaughn Bridal
Who: LAYANA AGUILAR
Hometown: Valadares, Brazil
Current: New York
Favorite designers: Alexander McQueen, Givenchy, Balmain, Marchesa
Style icon: Kate Moss
School: Fashion Institute of Technology
Who: MAT ARTHUR
Hometown: Hammond, LA
Current: New Orleans
Favorite designers: Alexander McQueen, Nicolas Ghesquière, Marc Jacobs
Style icon: Kelly Bundy
School: college degree for journalism; self-taught designer
Who: MICHELLE LESNIAK FRANKLIN
Hometown: Portland, Ore.
Current: Portland, Ore.
Favorite designers: Bottega Venetta, Marc Jacobs, Alexader McQueen Derek Lam
Style icon: Auntie Mame
Misc: worked in Oregon wine industry
Who: PATRICIA MICHAELS
Hometown: Taos, NM
Current: Taos, NM
Favorite designers: Tom Ford, Prada, Diesel, Balenciaga, Coco Channel
Style icon: Debbie Harry, Anna Wintour, Audrey Hepburn
School: Chicago Art Institute and the Institute of American Indian Arts
Misc: first Native American to appear on Project Runway
Who: RICHARD HALLMARQ
Hometown: Sacramento, Calif.
Current: Sacramento, Calif.
Favorite designers: Maison Martin Margiela
Style icon: Grace Jones
School: u/k—degree in Fashion Design and Marketing
Misc: works as Director of Marketing
Who: SAMANTHA BLACK
Hometown: Bronx, New York/ Fairfield, Conn.
Current: Brooklyn, New York
Favorite designers: Alexander McQueen, Balmain
Style icon: Lisa Bonet, Grace Jones, Madonna
School: first of her family to graduate from college
Who: TU NAKCHAT
Hometown: Chacheangsao, Thailand
Current: Springfield, Virginia
Favorite designers: Cristobal Balenciaga, Dries Van Noten, Maison Martin Margiela
Style icon: Queen Sirikit, Carine Roitfeld, Nicole Richie and Lady Gaga
School: Parsons School of Design and Paris American Academy
Who: STANLEY HUDSON
Hometown: Pomona, Calif.
Current: West Hollywood, Calif.
Favorite designers: Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Yves Saint Laurant, Halston
Style icon: Halston
School: OTIS and Parsons
Misc: eight siblings
Project Runway Season 11—Teams Edition
Premieres Thursday January 24 on Lifetime
Hosted by supermodel Heidi Klum
Mentored by Liz Claiborne Chief Creative Officer Tim Gunn
judges Nina Garcia and featured judge Zac Posen
so as most of us know, Lindsay Lohan’s comeback attempt will be as Liz Taylor in Lifetime’s Liz & Dick. Grant Bowler plays Richard Burton and the movie airs on Lifetime later this year. In this picture, Lindsay looks enough like Liz in profile. But will she be able to pull off the icon onscreen?
“We got a serial killer working the I-5 Corridor.”
The Hunt for the I-5 Killer is based on the true-story of an exhaustive one-year search for the suspect who murdered and sexually assaulted dozens of women on the 1-5 highway through California, Washington and Oregon. John Corbett plays a Oregon state police detective who first makes connection that the suspect might be a serial killer. Sara Canning plays a woman who, along with her friend/co-worker, was attacked. She survived but her friend did not.
Gun in hand and late at night, the hooded Caucasian suspect gruesomely attacked women who worked or lived along the I-5 Highway. Often he forced them to perform sex acts at gunpoint. He shoots them and takes off. He even tied up a mother and her teen daughter and raped the daughter, then shot them both dead.
The film’s suspenseful with its punchy editing of the serial killer aspect of the film. Shots of driving down highway to shots of crimes against women. Corbett commands his role. As he’s been in the past [Northern Exposure, Sex and the City], he’s warm and strong and determined. Everything someone wants from a protective figure looking for a solution. The Hunt for the I-5 Killer shows how detectives in three states worked together to catch this misogynist killer.
The Hunt for the I-5 Killer premieres Sunday, October 2 8pm ET/PT on Lifetime
Amy Steele: How has your career changed since being on Project Runway?
Santino Rice: Much has changed; it’s been over 5 years since I competed on Season 2 of Project Runway. I’m internationally known and I have a healthy business creating one-of-a-kind pieces for clients. I’m able to pick and choose what I want to work on and who I want to work with. I’m able to pursue many more projects outside of the fashion industry and I’m staring in 2 hit TV shows– RuPaul’s Drag Race and On The Road With Austin & Santino– each is inspiring and focuses on the human spirit and creativity.
Amy Steele: What appeals to you about this show?
Santino Rice: Austin and I, along with producer and friend, Rich Bye of Goodbye Pictures developed On The Road and this has been years in the making. Everything about this show is appealing and inspiring to me. Hopefully our exchanges with our clients will inspire everyone who tunes in. Austin and I are both from small towns and we enjoy revisiting these towns that really remind us of where we came from. Although finding fabrics in these towns is difficult, it is possible to create something if you put your mind to it.
Amy Steele: Why did you want to do On the Road?
Santino Rice: Why not? God-willing we will take it Around The World! I love the idea of creating a special moment for a special woman. Most women never have the opportunity to have a made-to-measure garment created for them and this show documents what goes into the process of making a look from scratch. We are still going through a very precarious time in America, and it’s encouraging to travel into these towns and find our materials locally and make everything from scratch. Sure, we’re entertaining but we are creating a type of show that has never been done before. This isn’t a make-over show, it’s much more than that.
Amy Steele: What has been the greatest challenge so far?
Santino Rice: Ugh, driving long distances, jumping in and out of planes, living out of suitcases. We’re often sleep deprived. It’s specific enough to have to hurdle all of the obstacles in our way in each town but we understand that we are creating entertainment as well. Austin and I are both curious about the towns we go to and the people we meet. It’s challenging to be documented while you are trying to create something in a limited time frame with a limited budget. Anything that others might find difficult, I see as a nice change and that adversity will help inspire us to create something even more personal and beautiful, even if getting there is a little painful.
Amy Steele: How do you and Austin complement each other when designing and what do you disagree about most often?
Santino Rice: I think that we both have very strong points-of-view and we respect each other. Beyond that I can never tell what we might disagree on as we work through our process, but you can be certain that we will each voice our opinions about something we don’t like. It’s great to collaborate with another designer who has such a depth of knowledge and references. Nothing about our collaborations is formulaic, it’s always different, it’s always changing, and in turn it’s always exciting.
Amy Steele: What is different about your approach to design than Austin’s?
Santino Rice: We are completely unique individuals. Much of what we do and how we approach the construction of a design is different. I believe that approaching an idea from multiple perspectives adds to a design. I love illustrating my ideas and I love to render a mock-up or prototype to the point where I can easily explain my concept to our client.
It’s amusing to me that everyone wants to compare our differences from our similarities. I suppose it’s because we visually look different that makes people want to dwell on that. Austin and I are friends and we laugh a lot when we are together. We might butt heads sometimes but it’s only because we both want to be proud of what we are creating. We are a team and we have very little time to accomplish something amazing so we are listening to our clients and to each other.
Amy Steele: How do you and Austin work together from planning the design to its execution?
Santino Rice: As you can see in On The Road, we talk to our client for a few hours and find out who they are and what they like and dislike. We immediately have ideas that pop into our heads and we start discussing them. Ultimately, the fabrics and findings that we dig up in town will heavily influence our design. I might go to the fabric store while Austin heads to an unconventional shop to pick up some odds and ends. We reconvene back at the workspace and we start sketching and being inspired by all of these materials we have in front of us. We comment and are inspired by what each other is creating and we start to come to some conclusions on what would be best for our client and what will be most appropriate for the event. After we pitch our ideas to the client and we have a good idea of what we are going to create, we still are collaborating on everything from the construction to the finishing details. Austin and I have a constant dialog throughout and we are both very much invested in creating something that our client will love.
Amy Steele: Why is it so challenging for you to work together as a team?
Santino Rice: It’s not challenging at all for me to work in a team. You’re referring to the 2nd episode where I start to want to pursue other creative options for our client Rosaline. You might see it as something else but I felt the need to explore other ideas on my own and then discuss them with Austin. The more sketches and mock-ups that we can create before our client meeting, the better! I don’t think that sitting behind Austin, twiddling my thumbs and being a backseat driver to what he was draping, constitutes a team. I’ve never gotten upset about Austin exploring his creative ideas separately, why should I be limited to watching him just because he grabbed the violet satin first?
Amy Steele: What inspires you to design for all these different women?
Santino Rice: I come to town without any preconceived ideas. I know very little about who we are meeting. Our clients lives, personalities, and accomplishments are what first inspires my mind and peaks my interests. Thankfully, I have been genuinely inspired to go above and beyond the call of a fashion designer because I love these women. It’s important for me to find out as much as I can about our clients because I need to truly understand them and their needs.
Amy Steele: What have you learned doing this show?
Santino Rice: I learn something new everyday, whether I’m doing a show or not. I’m open to receiving knowledge and new ideas. On The Road With Austin and Santino has really just reconfirmed a lot of things that I already knew. You can find big people in very small towns and once you get to know them and take a walk in their shoes, you understand why they’ve cultivated the life that they have for themselves. It’s fascinating and it’s rewarding for us to contribute to a memorable moment in someone’s life in the way that we do.
Amy Steele: You have a great, infectious laugh and such a laid back demeanor. What do you worry about? How do you maintain such an optimistic outlook?
Santino Rice: Thanks! Rather than worry, I make lists and check off all the things I need to do. I suppose that I laugh to keep from crying. I’m happiest when I’m creating, so I stay busy and I focus on the details of life and laugh away all of the things that are ugly and mediocre. I love myself and I believe in myself, if I could instill some part of my outlook on life into others, I’d say you should love more and laugh more and steadily accomplish your biggest dreams. Oh and remember to sing in the shower and dance your ass off!
Amy Steele: What can audiences expect from both of you in future episodes?
Santino Rice: Expect more hilarity and more beautiful fashions. We’ve got some clients and events coming up that nearly kill us. It’s always an adventure and towns and clients are always changing. Things never get old for us because we are always experiencing something completely different. Thank you for watching and I hope you enjoy it as much as Austin and I enjoyed making it!
On the Road with Austin and Santino airs Thursdays at 10:30p EST on Lifetime.