Back in 2003 Winona gave her voice to “The Day My God Died“, a documentary telling the stories of young girls whose lives have been shattered by the child sex slave trade. Now, she’s once again narrating “It Tolls For Thee“, the story of Mary Elmes, an Irishwoman who fled Franco’s forces in civil war-torn Spain, risked her life to save Jewish prisoners from the gas chambers and was jailed by the Nazis. Mary Elmes has become the first Irish person to be honoured as “Righteous Among the Nations” by Yad Vashem, Israel’s official memorial to Jewish victims of the Holocaust.
According to The Times, the film started to be screened in Dublin this past weekend.
Through an intriguing conspiracy of circumstance and courage, Irishwoman Mary Elmes found herself centre stage in two of the major theatres of warfare in the twentieth century. During the civil war in Spain, Mary Elmes took the children away from the bombs raining down from German and Italian bombers. Yet within a few years the world was plunged into an even greater conflict and the first industrial scale attempt to eradicate an entire people had begun. Once more, ‘doing nothing’ was not an option for Mary.
Narrated by Winona Ryder and featuring a wealth of personal archive as well as contributions from those who were spared the death camps because of Mary Elmes, this is a story of unadulterated goodness set in a world of seemingly all-consuming darkness.
And finally some information about Destination Wedding surfaced on entertainment media. Deadline published today about the movie – that just wrapped filming!
Keanu Reeves is reuniting with Winona Ryder to star in the upcoming romantic comedy Destination Wedding, written and directed by Victor Levin (5 to 7). The pic centers on two miserable and unpleasant wedding guests, both pariahs at this affair, who develop a mutual affection despite themselves. But to act on those feelings would be to trust hope over experience, a foolish choice indeed.
Gail Lyon of Sunshine Pictures and Two Camel Films’ Elizabeth Dell are producing along with Robert Jones for The Fyzz Facility, which is fully financing the film. Elevated’s Cassian Elwes and The Fyzz’s Wayne Marc Godfrey are executive producing. Filming just wrapped in central California.
Yesterday we published about Winona shooting a new film with Keanu Reeves in San Luis Obispo. Today we discovered the movie is “Destination Wedding” and new information has been posted at SLO Tribune post on Facebook.
According to the thread, a casting call for extras has been published (and its now deleted) containing the film’s name and synopsys.
Destination Wedding is a story of the triumph of hope over experience. Frank and Lindsay, two emotionally broken people, must attend a destination wedding at a vineyard in Paso Robles. They meet and, over the course of the weekend and against all odds, find themselves drawn to one another even as they are repulsed by one another. In the end, they must each make a choice: gamble again on love and on the theory that life can be a positive experience, or remain safe, aloof and alone.
Also, a new on set picture has been published on Instagram:
JT Leroy, for the uninitiated, was a super-hip trans teen novelist who CONQUERED the literary world in the early 2000s. Later, it came to light that JT was actually two women; writer Laura Albert who wrote under the pseudonym and Savannah Knoop who portrayed him for public appearances. LeRoy was the “author” of the novel which based a film Winona did in 2004, The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, but before the movie was released, it emerged that “she” didn’t exist. You can read a lot more about such events in this Guardian article.
Earlier this year a documentary –Author: The J.T. Leroy Story – premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. It showed how Albert, a San Francisco punk rocker and phone sex operator, created created the character and managed to build such a celebrity following. Winona has a scene in the documentary since she was one of the artists that admired LeRoy and also did an appearance, in 2003, to a Public Theater event in their honor.
Check the documentary synopsis:
On January 9, 2006, The New York Times sent shockwaves through the literary world when it unmasked “it boy” wunderkind JT LeRoy, whose tough prose about a sordid childhood had captivated icons and luminaries internationally. It turned out LeRoy didn’t actually exist. He was the creative expression of 40-year-old San Francisco former phone-sex operator turned housewife, Laura Albert. Author: The JT LeRoy Story takes us down the infinitely fascinating rabbit hole of how Laura Albert—like a Cyrano de Bergerac on steroids—breathed not only words, but life, into her avatar for a decade. Albert’s epic and entertaining account plunges us into a glittery world of rock shows, fashion events, and the Cannes red carpet where LeRoy becomes a mysterious sensation. As she recounts this astonishing odyssey, Albert also reveals the intricate web spun by irrepressible creative forces within her. Her extended and layered JT LeRoy performance still infuriates many; but according to Albert, channeling her brilliant fiction through another identity was the only possible path to self-expression. JTLeroyStory.com
My friend Mariana sent me screen captures of Winona’s scene in the documentary. Check it below:
While working in our career session pages, the gallery was updated with HD screen captures from one of my favourite Winona films, The House of the Spirits. A little bit overcapped, but its impossible to resist the pretty. Check it:
Winona Ryder, the iconic and talented Academy Award nominee actress, celebrated 25 years of career in 2011, and she has became an icon after her work on movies like "Heathers", "Beetlejuice", "Reality Bites", "Bram Stoker's Dracula", "Mermaids" and many more. Recently you saw her as Spock's mother in "Star Trek" and as the retired ballerina Beth in "Black Swan". Winona Forever, established in 2004, is the largest fan site dedicated to Winona and her career. Our goal is bring you with latest up-to-date info, photos and media on her. Please bookmark us and return for your daily Winona fix.
(2016) - Stranger Things JoyceRelease: July 15
A love letter to the supernatural classics of the 80’s, Stranger Things is the story of a young boy who vanishes into thin air. As friends, family and local police search for answers, they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one very strange little girl. News Photos