On Monday, January 23, at the IMDb’s annual Sundance Film Festival award ceremony, Esterhazy was awarded the Amazon Video Direct Inaugural Filmmaker Award. The event took place at the IMDb Studio on Main Street, Park City. Esterhazy was honored for her independent feature films. Also receiving an award at the event was actor Peter Dinklage who was honored with the 2017 IMDb “Fan Favorite” STARmeter award. Director Kevin Smith, Col Needham (Founder and CEO of IMDb) and other special guests attended the star-studded celebration.
You can watch a video of the award ceremony here:
Professor Pauline Greenhill’s essay “Team Snow Queen: feminist cinematic ‘misinterpretations’ of a fairy tale” was recently published in the academic journal Studies in European Cinema. This paper explores the films of four women directors whose work is inspired by fairy tales: Tamara van den Dop, Catherine Breillat, Päivi Hartzell and Danishka Esterhazy. Dr. Greenhill is Professor of Women’s & Gender Studies at the University of Winnipeg.
Here is the summary:
Four women directors’ live-action films available in English – Päivi Hartzell’s feature Lumikuningatar (The Snow Queen, 1986), Danishka Esterhazy’s short The Snow Queen(2005), Tamar van den Dop’s feature Blind (2007), and Catherine Breillat’s feature La belle endormie (The Sleeping Beauty, 2010) – use Hans Christian Andersen’s story ‘The Snow Queen’ as hypotext. Explorations of gendered positions in culture and in film, directly linked to a readily identifiable fairy tale, these works offer a compelling example of how geographically and temporally dispersed adaptations can share perspectives beyond their common source material, ones which I argue can be directly linked to what one director felicitously called a (feminist) ‘misinterpretation’ of the original. First, their Snow Queens are lookers in two senses: having a beautiful physical appearance, and actually looking and seeing within the films’ diegeses. Second, they show the Snow Queen’s physical movements and gestures as stylised or unusual. Third, they conflate the characters of Gerda and Kai and/or problematise their gender, making it ambiguous, doubling it, or rendering it in composite. Fourth, unlike Andersen’s story, these films’ climactic scenes focus on interactions/relations between Kai/Gerda and the Snow Queen.
Paris To Kyiv’s Fragmenti recording was originally released in 2005, a sonic tapestry of ancient Ukrainian song fragments and contemporary sounds. Nearly 11 years later, after circulating throughout the roster of artists on Balanced Records, a remix album has been compiled featuring electronic and avant garde interpretations by Ken Gregory, Joe Silva, Rise Ashen, Kasm, J57, Solidaze, Cayetano, Miguel Graça, Trevor Walker and Anders Peterson.
The album will be released on May 14th. The event will feature two short films by Danishka Esterhazy featuring Paris To Kyiv’s music: The Red Hood & Danishka’s music video of Joe Silva’s remix.
Q&A, the directorial debut of Ashley Hirt, has won the Gold Remi for Best Original Comedy Short at Worldfest Houston. The film was written by Danishka Esterhazy and stars Rebecca Gibson. Produced by Red Czarina.
Q&A tells the story of a frazzled indie director who struggles to answer strangely honest questions from the audience when her film is screened at an art house theater. Q&A is a comedy about the disconnect between polite public discourse and the true motivations that drive us.
Danishka has teamed up with celebrated novelist and short story writer Francesca Lia Block. The result is a new short film entitled The Singing Bones — adapted from Block’s story “Bones” in The Rose and the Beast.
Production took place over four days in August/September 2015. The film will be released in 2016.
Danishka has been awarded the UBC Creative Writing Award for Best Screenplay at the Vancouver International Women in Film Festival. Danishka feature-length screenplay “Jagged Winter” was selected from among hundreds of international submissions from Switzerland, New Zealand, Turkey, The United States, Great Britain and Canada.