CBSNEWS Entertainment has this to say about Winter’s Bone!
“Award season is getting off to an early start with the announcement of nominees for the 20th annual Gotham Independent Film Awards.
Leading the race for awards celebrating a U.S.-born or -based indie filmmaker’s unique vision is Debra Granik’s drama “Winter’s Bone…” “ Way to go Winter’s Bone!!!
Ozark musician Marideth Sisco wears many hats- she’s a small-town journalist, a writing teacher, and old-time musician. She’s now best known for her work on the soundtrack for the Missouri film “Winter’s Bone.” KBIA’s Janet Saidi visited Sisco at the Ozark Café, near her home in West Plains, Missouri. And she joined Sisco and her band The Rounders, for their weekly Thursday-night meetup – an Ozark jam session that’s been making music for about 25 years.
Breaking news: Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini have won the Humanitas Prixe in the Sundance Feature Film category. Winners were announced Sept. 16 in Beverly Hills. The HUMANITAS Prize was created in 1974 to honor film and television writers whose work explores the human condition in a nuanced, meaningful way. A signature HUMANITAS story challenges us to use our freedom to grow and develop, confronts us with our individual responsibility and examines the consequences of our choices. Lastly, the Prize honors work which explores the hopes and fears of human beings who are very different in culture, race, lifestyle, political loyalties and religious beliefs in order to break down the walls of ignorance which separate us. In addition to the prize, the winners receive a $10,000 cash award. Congratulations, Anne and Deb.
This from LITA (Light In The Attic) Records . … highlights of the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack are the old time sounds of the Ozarks translated into the 21st century by stellar vocalist Marideth Sisco …
Variety had this to say…Music consultant Marideth Sisco, who performed on the pic’s bluegrass soundtrack, also tubthumped the film in Memphis, Tenn., on July 17.
“Granik’s film features one of the best bluegrass soundtracks this side of
“O Brother, Where Art Thou?””
7-20-10 News flash! This just in! (heehee) I’m scheduled to meet Janet Saidi of KBIA-FM, the NPR affiliate in Columbia, Mo. on Thursday for a two-hour interview followed by her attending a Rounders practice session. She will send the interview to the BBC, which will edit and produce for the BBC World Service. It will be featured on their Arts program, and will play worldwide. Holy Hermione!
7-10-10This from; CBC News Film Review; “… a taut mystery and a chilling statement about rural decay …”
…Not all of Winter’s Bone is dark. There’s a warm episode in which Ree, looking for her father’s ex-lover, comes upon a birthday party where a lively roots-music jam is in progress. It reminds you of the classic Dueling Banjos interlude in Deliverance, only here we’re transported by the wistful singing of Ozarks folklorist Marideth Sisco … read the article
7-5-10; … Winter’s Bone has a dyed-in-the-wool authentic feel: From start to finish, it seems that we’ve left our comfortable urbanity far behind and suddenly been transported to the hinterlands of the Missouri Ozarks. Where it’s cold and dangerous. (REALLY dangerous.) Featured singer (and the film’s music consultant) Marideth Sisco is … but having experienced her performance, I can imagine no one else in the role.
6-22-10 According to IMDb (the Internet Movie Database) Marideth Sisco’s popularity has increased by 58%! Winter’s Bone popularity is listed at 8.3/10 one tiny notch below Avatar which is at 8.4/10 this week. Gotta check this movie out people… it’s a sure cure for the theatre blahs. ”IMDb plot synopsis; An unflinching Ozark Mountain girl hacks through dangerous social terrain as she hunts down her drug-dealing father while trying to keep her family intact.”
6-21-10; “The Ozarks hasn’t changed all that much since the forties,” said Sisco. “People often drive cars that are older than their children. I do.” from the Wall Street Journal, read the entire Speakeasy article
6-20-10; According to Mar CBS Sunday Morning declared Winter’s Bone to be “the movie of the year.”
New York, Here I Am!
6-14-10; “Every major newspaper in the US is talking about Winter’s Bone and saying it is one of the all time best movies.”
Marideth Sisco just returned from the Little Rock Film Festival with the Golden Rock award for best narrative film!! Please hold your applause she is headed to the New York Film Festival on Tuesday.