Director Kari Skogland On ‘The Loudest Voice’s Cautionary Tale, Marvel’s ‘Falcon & Winter Soldier’ & More [Interview]

The Playlist | 7/6/2019 | Alex Arabian
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With a 25-year career spanning virtually every genre, director Kari Skogland has effortlessly navigated the ever-changing feature and narrative television mediums over the course of her envious filmography. A veteran of the shifting, feature-leaning narrative landscape of prestige TV over the past two decades, she’s been nominated for an Emmy and won a BAFTA for directing episodes for “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and directed episodes of “The Americans,” “The Walking Dead,” “House of Cards,” “The Borgias,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “The Punisher,” and more. If three of her latest pilots, “The Loudest Voice,” “The Rook,” and “NOS4A2,” premiering last month is any indicator of her productivity, the Ontario native is showing no signs of slowing down. Furthermore, Skogland is directing all six episodes of Disney+’s “Falcon & Winter Soldier” next year.

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Recently, I spoke with Skogland about her storied career, the collapse of the indie feature model and the rise of prestige TV, Russell Crowe‘s transformation into Roger Aile’s for “The Loudest Voice,” male entitlement and truth in journalism, Joe Hill‘s “NOS4A2,” what to expect from “Falcon & Winter Soldier,” and more.

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What’s the key to sustaining such a career defined by longevity as a director?

In the whack-a-mole world that we live in, somehow keeping my head down when I needed to [laughter] and letting it pop up when I needed to. The most important thing is that you make it about the work. Hopefully, whenever things go politically sideways, you bury yourself in trying to do and be the best you can be as both a leader and as a creator. Somehow, I...
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