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Press: 2019 SCAD Savannah Film Festival: ‘Clemency’ star Aldis Hodge talks return to Savannah, finding empathy in his character

Tuesday, Oct 29, 2019

DO SAVANNAH: Aldis Hodge is all about the craft and he wants to impart that on the SCAD students at this year’s festival.

One of the 13 honorees at this year’s festival, Hodge is ready to speak with the next generation and start a dialogue that could lead them to great things. He has found great things on his own. He is currently starring alongside Alfre Woodard in the critically-acclaimed “Clemency,” which follows a prison warden who must confront the psychological and emotional demons her job creates, ultimately connecting her to the man she is sanctioned to kill.

Do Savannah spoke with Hodge about his new role and what research went into crafting it, but also about what he hopes to impart on the students as he plans a masterclass during the festival.

 

Q: Aldis, first congratulations on the recognition for the festival. What did you make of the honor?

Hodge: I was surprised. I remember my first time getting introduced to SCAD. I think was like 2016 when I was there (in Savannah filming) ‘Underground.’ We had a panel there (at SCAD). But getting to experience the full magnitude of what SCAD is and what they’ve done and accomplished over the years. So for me to be a part of that, I very humbled. And, you know, this is new for me to be, you know, acknowledged so I’m like, all right. Absolutely.

I’m really excited to see what some of the programs (at the festival are). I’m hopefully (going to) get to see some of the other folks down there. I just worked with Elisabeth Moss so hopefully we get to cross paths down there and then Camila Morrone, we were just having some fun together. I know she’s going to be down there so it’d be cool to just, you know, cross that and be able to catch up. Also, I’ve been given the opportunity to give a masterclass while I’m down there, so I’m pretty excited about that. I’ve never taught a class. I’ve worked individually when it comes to acting as well, I’m excited to see what that turns out to be.

Q: That’s great, What kind of knowledge are you looking to impart on the students?

Hodge: I think the best way to be a teacher is to understand you’re still a student. I’m still learning a lot. You can learn a lot from the people that you’re trying to teach, but the best way to work with people is to figure out who they are. I can’t go at them with the assumption I know so much more than them regardless of the experience, but it does matter. I know that every person there has something that makes them great. So what I’m searching for is that thing that makes them great and seeing if I can help them identify more and define it more so that they can always call on it and know exactly how to how to pull it out when they need to execute it because the beautiful thing about our craft is that we’re all individuals and that’s what makes it interesting. So I just want to see I want to experience you know what these students actually have to teach me honestly.

Q: Real quickly on Savannah, you were here extensively for ‘Underground,’ is there anything about re-visiting the city that you’re looking forward to most?

Hodge: Definitely want to go check out some of the food. I do remember Savannah was a very beautiful place — really relaxing. Nice little place to walk around and just chill for a minute. So I enjoy the flow down there and I’m definitely trying to get some good food, man.

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