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Elisabeth Haviland James: Constructing the Story We Want Other People to Hear

Loose Leaf recently caught up with Elisabeth Haviland James, director of 2013’s “In So Many Words.” The film follows Lucy Daniels, daughter of a prominent Raleigh family who was hospitalized for anorexia in her early life before becoming a lauded writer and psychologist. Here, James talks about portraying Daniels’s storyor any storyin film, observing that blurring the line between fiction and documentary is “just fine with me, because I think that distinction is a little outdated anyway. We’re all always constructing the story we want other people to hear.”

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