Tribeca Interview: Free Samples’ Jocelin Donahue

Jocelin Donahue’s been actively building her resume since taking on a handful of shorts in 2006 and 2007, but for me, seeing her lead The House of the Devil really put her on the map as someone to keep an eye on. Sure enough, ever since The House of the Devil made its big debut at the Tribeca Film Festival back in April of 2009, Donahue has continued to add to her repertoire and now she returns to Tribeca to celebrate the release of her latest, Free Samples.

Jess Weixler stars as Jillian, a law school dropout who enjoys drinking and pissing people off in her free time – which is most of the time. When her best friend begs her to operate her ice cream truck for the day so she can tend to family matters, Jillian reluctantly agrees and takes to the truck to dish out free samples. Donahue steps in as Paula, an old law school friend who happens to be in the mood for some ice cream and is shocked to find Jillian as her server. Paula may be able to get around accepting her free sample, but her mere presence sends personal secrets bubbling to the surface.

In honor of Free Samples’ big debut, Donahue sat down to talk about working on the film, how she got involved, what it’s like being part of such a big ensemble, her hopes and plans for the future and much more. Catch it all in the video interview below.

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