A lifelong Angeleno, filmmaker Linda Kandel was always interested in ways of seeing and discovering meaning by looking at the past. She thought about perception and how images could often better convey truths about reality than words. She always had an interest in painting and photography and after studying Archaeology at Cambridge University, Gonville and Caius College, she then attended Brown University, where she majored in Religious Studies.
Her first feature film was called “Naked Jane”, and premiered in the dramatic competition at Sundance Film Festival. After the release of this film, Kandel began work on”Mascara”, about three L.A. women who were childhood friends, and find that their lives are not what they imagined them to be. With this project, she was compared to early Altman, and has a unique and thorough understanding of Los Angeles, as she was born in Hollywood herself and grew up in Los Angeles. “Mascara” features Ione Skye, Karen Black, Amanda de Cadenet, Tara Subkoff, and Steve Jones, from the Sex Pistols (in his first narrative fictional film). This film was released at the Laemmle theaters and was well received.
Linda has continued her spiritual quest by studying Buddhism and going deeper into the journey of the Soul, working on a Ph.D at Pacifica University in Archetypal and Jungian studies. Her latest project is entitled “Shadows in the Sun”, and is a character study/psychological thriller set in Los Angeles and the Middle East. Linda has also been working on a book about the actress Karen Black, who was her close friend.
She is excited to bring both a philosophical and historical perspective to her work with FORT: LA.