11:50 a.m. Sunday: Edie Falco, Martha Frankel – the perfect pair

Matt Connolly just got out of the actors’ dialogue with Edie Falco, and he witnessed a show.

He first noted that Falco and moderator, author Martha Frankel (“Brazilian Sexy”), had a genuinely outstanding rapport. One member of the audience commented that the two should take their act on the road, with Falco and Frankel joking and picking at each other back and forth. This is why the actors’ dialogue is so special – you get a candid celebrity actor and, more importantly, the perfect interviewer in Frankel. For those who don’t know her, she’s a hoot, a natural gracious friend to all with a penchant for outrageous humor. She’s the perfect catalyst for the dialogue.

Falco spoke about many things, including her alcohol addiction and how that has influenced her roles … such as in “Nurse Jackie,” which has won her an Emmy for outstanding lead. She also spoke quite a bit about “The Sopranos,” relaying a story about picking up her dog’s feces on the streets of New York before hearing it from a garbage man: “Hey Carmela,” he yelled, “I heard you never took (expletive) from nobody!”

She also talked about independent film – including her recent work, “3 Backyards,” which is screening at the Woodstock Film Festival. Falco gave her definition of independent film:

“Indie film is changing your clothes in the back of a car and working 45 hours in a day because there are no unions to tell you not to,” she said.

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