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Melissa Leo and Courtney Hunt

The following story goes to the heart and soul of FilmColumbia at its best.
During the 2003 festival, filmmaker Courtney Hunt, over coffee on Main Street with actress Melissa Leo and cameraman Marc Blandori, commented on the struggle to get her film short made.

After listening to Courtney’s idea for the storyline, Melissa offered to act in the film and Marc Blandori followed suit by volunteering his services.

January 2004 they filmed on the frozen border between New York and Canada and FilmColumbia presented the premiere of “Frozen River.”

“Frozen River” went on to be nominated for over 20 awards and won 10.