An Unorthodox Script Like The Invitation Makes It Even Harder for a Female Director to Get Funding | Vulture

Director Karyn Kusama burst onto the scene with her 2000 boxing movie, Girlfight, which also launched the career of a then-unknown Michelle Rodriguez. Her new film, The Invitation, is a different beast altogether: It’s a slow-burning thriller in which, by very deliberate design, you never quite know who to believe. Should we trust Will, the man 

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Karyn Kusama on the Power of Grief and Denial in the Dinner Party from Hell, ‘The Invitation’ | IndieWire

Karyn Kusama wrote and directed her first feature film, “Girlfight,” in 1999. The film won the Director’s Prize and shared the Grand Jury Prize at the 2000 Sundance Film Festival, the Grand Prize at the Deauville Film Festival, the Prix de la Jeunesse at the Cannes Film Festival and the IFP’s Gotham Award for Best Feature. Kusama 

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How Karyn Kusama Broke Out of Movie Jail | The Daily Beast

The acclaimed director of ‘Girlfight’ is back with her first film in seven years, ‘The Invitation’—an ace psychological thriller. She discusses her exile and patriarchal Hollywood. Days before the release of her dinner party thriller The Invitation, a delicious new entry to the canon of films about the double-edged beauty and savagery of living in 

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The Female Director Who Was (Almost) Crushed by Hollywood | BuzzFeed

“I’m Not Going Away, People.” Director Karyn Kusama’s debut movie “Girlfight” was a critical knockout in 2000; her latest film, “The Invitation,” is opening to raves. To get from that point to this one, however, has been “like open heart surgery without the painkillers.” When then-32-year-old filmmaker Karyn Kusama arrived at the Sundance Film Festival in January 

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Game of Thrones Star Michiel Huisman Gets Creepy in His New Thriller, The Invitation | Esquire

He talks about researching cults, perfecting his American accent, and, yes, Jon Snow’s fate. To gaze upon Michiel Huisman’s IMDB page is to feel a deep shame for all the moments you waste during your brief time on this earth. In the past five years alone, the Netherlands-born actor has romanced Khaleesi on Game of Thrones, Rayna 

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