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Warren Etheredge in Conversation With Director Mischa Jakupcak

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Warren Etheredge in Conversation With Director Mischa Jakupcak

The accomplished film producer gives the scoop on her directorial debut for the film “The Hero Pose.”

September 14, 2017

Warren Etheredge sits down with Mishca Jakupcak, the director of The Hero Pose, now streaming on REEL NW. Jakupcak is an accomplished film producer and The Hero Pose marked her directorial debut.

The narrative short features a father and daughter as they spend an afternoon together while the father (played by Chaske Spencer) tries to sell his old car. Mia (played by Nikki Hahn), his 10-year-old daughter with a healthy curiosity about the world is loosely based on Jakupcak’s own niece.

“I think a lot of times kids can be oversimplified [in films],” Jakupcak says. “I wanted to capture that complexity and sort of give her a voice that is valid and funny and, you know, she has questions about how the adult world is operating.”

Jakupcak grew up where the story is based in Missoula, Montana. Jakupcak explains that the casting on this film was a “risky” deal because the actors were cast “sight unseen”. Nevertheless, the chemistry between the two characters played by Spencer and Hahn appears effortless.

Watch the interview and stream the film The Hero Pose right here on REEL NW.


Laila Kazmi

@Lailakaz — Laila Kazmi is a Northwest Emmy award-winning senior producer and writer at KCTS 9. Her first love is discovering and telling stories of diverse people, places and history. She has lived in Karachi, Bahrain, Chicago, and Seattle. At KCTS 9, Laila produces the series Borders & Heritage, featuring stories of immigrant and refugee experiences in the Pacific Northwest and has produced Reel NW, featuring independent films from and about the Pacific Northwest. Her video-stories have appeared on KCTS 9PBS NewsHour Art Beat, World Channel at WGBH, and KPBS in San Diego. Her articles have been published in PBS NewsHour Art BeatThe Seattle Times, Seattle PI, COLORLINES and Pakistan’s daily Dawn. Laila has a Master of Communication from the University of Washington.

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