Film Fatales
Deb Shoval
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Deb Shoval was raised by her Israeli father and American mother in a small Pennsylvania coal town, where she now owns an organic vegetable farm. Her first feature, AWOL, starring Lola Kirke (Mozart in the Jungle, Mistress America) and Breeda Wool (UnREAL) premiered in competition at Tribeca ‘16 (sales agent: ICM). AWOL began as a short film, premiering at Sundance ‘11 and winning awards from Kodak, Technicolor, and Women in Film. Grants and fellowships include The Jerome Foundation, IFP, Frameline, Film Independent, US-in-Progress, Tribeca Film Institute/IWC, Columbia University Faculty Selects, and Women In Film/Tiffany’s. Shoval has an MFA in Film from Columbia University and a BA in Sustainable Agriculture from Hampshire College. The themes that interest her remain constant as she farms and develops a “house” of film, as Fassbinder called it: land and the landless; diaspora, exile and home; and how human beings transcend apathy. She divides her time between Pennsylvania, Los Angeles and New York City, where she lives with her wife, educator and playwright Tala Manassah, and their young daughter.