Award-winning director ‘surprise’ guest at Kingsolver Earth Day event

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Barbara Kingsolver, speaking at the Paramount Theater April 22, called special guest Nicole Kassell to the stage during the program, to discuss their collaboration in bringing one of Kingsolver’s novels to film.

Kassell is an award-winning television and film director whose stunning first feature film “The Woodsman” premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and received numerous accolades. She was named by Variety as one of ten “directors to watch.” She also directs episodic television, including “The Killing,” “The Americans,” “The Following” and “Rectify. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children.

Long-time friends, Kingsolver and Kassell discussed their work together on the adaptation of Prodigal Summer, which was selected for the 2013 Sundance Writers and Producers Lab. The movie is currently in development with producer Big Beach Films.

All proceeds from the evening benefited the nonprofit Virginia Organizing, one of Kingsolver’s favorite grassroots efforts in the state where she lives.