Skateboarding on Hardscrabble

An article I wrote about writer-director Debra Granik, whose “Winter’s Bone” (2010) won four Academy Award nominations, appears here: http://www.brandeis.edu/magazine/2012/summer/featured-stories/granik.html. Granik explains why, after a brush with Hollywood fame, she cleaves ever more tightly to her roots as an independent filmmaker. While doing research in the Ozarks for “Winter’s Bone,” Granik was inspired by the image of a boy trying to skateboard on hardscrabble — an apt metaphor for independent filmmaking.