Monday, August 1, 2016

Little Men - A Film by Ira Sachs

A Magnolia Pictures, Race Point Films, Faliro House & Charlie Guidance Productions presents

A film by Ira Sachs
85 minutes

Official Selection
2016 Sundance Film Festival – World Premiere
Berlinale 2016 -- Panorama & Generations


When 13-year-old Jake's (Theo Taplitz) grandfather dies, his family moves from Manhattan back into his father's old Brooklyn home. There, Jake befriends the charismatic Tony (Michael Barbieri), whose single mother Leonor (Paulina Garcia), a dressmaker from Chile, runs the shop downstairs. Soon, Jake's parents Brian (Greg Kinnear) and Kathy (Jennifer Ehle) -- one, a struggling actor, the other, a psychotherapist -- ask Leonor to sign a new, steeper lease on her store. For Leonor, the proposed new rent is untenable, and a feud ignites between the adults.

At first, Jake and Tony don't seem to notice; the two boys, so different on the surface, begin to develop a formative kinship as they discover the pleasures of being young in Brooklyn. Jake aspires to be an artist, while Tony wants to be an actor, and they have dreams of going to the same prestigious arts high school together. But the children can't avoid the problems of their parents forever, and soon enough, the adult conflict intrudes upon the borders of their friendship.

Directed by Ira Sachs (LOVE IS STRANGE, KEEP THE LIGHTS ON, FORTY SHADES OF BLUE) with his trademark humanism and insight, LITTLE MEN highlights the New York City landscape with a story of life-defining friendships in the midst of familial turmoil.


Filmmaker Ira Sachs has often drawn on the broad circumstances of his own life to explore questions about human character and relationships. His critically acclaimed 2014 film, LOVE IS STRANGE,
was spurred in part by his recent marriage and centered on two men whose loving relationship stretches back four decades. As he began thinking about his next film, he turned again to the questions that compel him in his daily life. “I continue to be interested in questions of generations, and how we interact with our parents and our kids. I’m now a parent, a father of two four-year-olds. I think a lot about my relationship to who they are and what it is to be a father,” he explains. “So, I wanted to make a film about childhood but from the perspective of an adult person and as a mature filmmaker.”

As a dramatist, Sachs believes in the small moments that can change everything. The ordinary decisions and occasional challenges that life brings can have profound reverberations not only for us, but for the people we love. Parents find themselves in circumstances that don’t accommodate the examples they want to set for their children. “Sometimes, it’s the small everyday kind of occurrences where you’re really put to a test,” Sachs observes. “You have your beliefs and your principles, and then they run into reality. How do you make decisions in those situations?”

LITTLE MEN continues Sachs’s collaboration with Mauricio Zacharias, his co-writer on LOVE IS STRANGE and its predecessor, KEEP THE LIGHTS ON. As is their custom, they began their writing process by watching films. Two in particular helped spark the story they developed: Yasujirô Ozu’s I WAS BORN BUT … (1932) and GOOD MORNING (1959). “They’re both films about children who for various reasons go on strike against their parents. That gave us the kernel of an idea: two boys who get into conflict with their parents and decide not to speak with them anymore,” says Sachs.

Meanwhile, Zacharias was in frequent contact with his family back in his native Brazil, where they were grappling with a difficult situation. Zacharias’s father owns a retail shop, which he has rented out without incident for decades. Suddenly, a problem had arisen with the shop’s tenant, and the family reluctantly concluded that eviction was the only option. “It was very interesting, because it was as painful for us as much as it was for the people who rented the store. Every time Ira and I met, I had been talking to my family. The drama of it all was very clear to us, the tenuousness of the line between who is guilty and who’s not guilty. We realized there was a story to tell there,” recalls Zacharias.

Sachs and Zacharias built their characters, relationships and situations around the basic framework of a lease and an eviction. On one side of the real estate equation is Brian Jardine, who along with his sister Audrey, has inherited a two-story building with a ground floor retail space. On the other side is the retail tenant, Leonor Calvelli, a Chilean immigrant and single mother with a ten-year-old dress shop that is losing money. In the middle – happily oblivious to money and real estate -- are their 13-year-old sons, Jake and Tony, who become best friends after the Jardines move into the building.

Jake and Tony share certain biographical details with Sachs’s husband, artist Boris Torres. Like Jake, Torres knew from an early age that he wanted to be an artist and was accepted into the prestigious LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts. Like Tony, he was raised by an immigrant mother, and they moved to New York from Ecuador when he was 10 years old. “They lived in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, on a block that was 90% Italian. The idea that artistic talent can be the basis for change was very compelling to me,” explains Sachs. “As was the idea of a single, immigrant mother raising a son in New York City, and the challenges she faces.”

Although the boys are different in temperament – Jake is an introvert who wants to be an artist and Tony is a likeable, energetic extrovert with acting ambitions – their friendship takes off with the kind of swiftness that seems to come easily in childhood. There are video game sessions and earnest talks in the privacy of their bedrooms; an afternoon of hanging out that turns into an extra place at the family dinner table. Their friendship flourishes in the outdoor and public spaces of the city, each day bringing something to do whether it’s zooming around on rollerblades and scooter or taking the subway into Manhattan to check out a dance party for kids. “From the outset, we wanted to capture the delights of being a kid in New York City,” Sachs says. “There’s a kind of freedom to a New York childhood, the adventures that come with riding the subway, meeting up with other kids, going to neighborhood parks. Kids are able to grow up fast, yet they’re still so child-like.”

While Jake and Tony enjoy their days, their parents are grappling with the realities of living in a neighborhood that is on the economic rise. Both families have struggled financially, albeit not to the same degree. Moving into his father’s building has given Brian and his wife Kathy a bit more breathing room, but Kathy is still the family’s main source of income since Brian earns very little as an actor. Because of her close friendship with her late landlord, Leonor has never faced a rent increase. Now, however, Brian’s sister Audrey is depending on the rental income for the store, which is worth far more than what Leonor is paying.

Sachs chose to set the story in a pocket of Brooklyn that is beginning to see the kind of gentrification that has spread across the borough for more than a decade. “It’s a neighborhood in flux. Spatially, there’s a lot of interaction across ethnic backgrounds,” he comments. “In a one block radius, you can have the Italian family that’s living next to a Puerto Rican family that’s living next to the Asian family. These mixed neighborhoods are part of what’s so wonderful about New York, and specifically about Brooklyn. It’s also a conflict, because in New York, you’re right up against each other. There’s a way in which it’s a melting pot, but it’s not always benign.”

Adds Zacharias, “Gentrification is inherent to New York City – it’s amazing how it changes, and how quickly and how much it changes. And you see it all the time and you see it all around. I’ve been here for 20 years and gentrification is always happening somewhere.”

Along with gentrification come issues of family, class, culture, money and opportunity, all of which contribute to the choices made by the adults in the film. At thirteen, Jake and Tony are largely unaware of these larger forces when they undertake their silent rebellion against their parents. Their parents, however, can’t help but be aware. Notes Sachs, “To some extent, we’re all defined by our relationship to love and our relationship to money. As a storyteller, I’m interested in how people respond to those two things. In this situation, you have these kids who still have a certain innocence of the world, and their friendship comes into conflict with the hard realities of adulthood and living in the world.”

Zacharias. “I think that everybody has this one friendship that becomes very important. And all of a sudden it’s over. But you never forget it. It forms the person you become.”

In casting the roles of Jake and Tony, Sachs looked for actors who would register strongly as individuals, in addition to possessing talent and craft. Theo Taplitz, a Los Angeles native who plays Jake, came to the film through veteran casting director Avy Kaufman, who has shown a particular skill in discovering young talent, having cast the lead children in films like THE SIXTH SENSE, THE ICE STORM, SEARCHING FOR BOBBY FISCHER and LIFE OF PI. New Yorker Michael Barbieri responded to an open casting call at the Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute, where he studies acting. LITTLE MEN is the feature film debut for both. Barbieri has recently been named a "Breakthrough Performance of the Summer Movie Season" by the New York Times, and has been cast in THE DARK TOWER, a Stephen King adaptation, starring Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba, and directed by Nikolaj Arcel.

“To make a film that rests on the shoulders of young actors, it was important that they be interesting as people to watch, whatever story they were going to tell. There are certain movies about children that I love and remember, like THE FALLEN IDOL by Carol Reed and George Roy Hill’s THE WORLD OF HARRY ORIENT, and that is because there was something distinct about their personalities that came across on the screen,” says Sachs. “I felt that I had found that with Theo and Michael.”

Taplitz appreciated the story’s representation of the two thirteen-year-olds. “Thirteen is that kind of age where you’re not exactly a kid, but you’re not exactly a grown-up. It’s that in-between age where you’re still trying to figure out who you are, what your interests are,” he comments. “Jake is a very quiet, artistic kid who’s not very sure of himself. Then he meets Tony, who’s so full of life and optimism and says whatever he thinks. I think Jake is very drawn to that, and over the course of the friendship some of Tony rubs off on him. Jake starts to open up and becomes more confident in who he is.”

Jake and Tony’s support for one another’s dreams are an important part of their friendship, Barbieri notes. “Tony wants to be an actor and Jake wants to be an artist, and that helps them become even closer,” he says. “Tony has a lot of friends, but he doesn’t have a close friend when Jake moves in. They really hit off, and become great friends. I think their friendship makes Tony more sensitive. When some other kids make fun of Jake, Tony stands up for him and defends him.”

Taplitz and Barbieri are part of a remarkable ensemble cast that includes Greg Kinnear as Brian; Jennifer Ehle as Kathy; Chilean actress Paulina García as Leonor; Alfred Molina as Hernan, Leonor’s friend and trusted advisor; and Talia Balsam as Audrey, Brian’s sister. Sachs tends to trust his instincts when it comes to casting. “I’ve found that it’s been very similar, whether it’s famous actors, non-actors, kids, adults. I look to people who have an intimate connection with the material from the very first moment that they pick it up. I assume that I will be able to teach them nothing about acting, but hopefully give them the possibility to reveal as much of themselves through the movie as possible.”

Kinnear was intrigued by the apparent simplicity of the story told by LITTLE MEN. “It’s a small, random story about life and a small group of people, and I was a little unsure of how a filmmaker could weave that into something compelling and cinematic. But when I realized that Ira had directed LOVE IS STRANGE – a film I absolutely loved – I got it,” he recalls. “That began an investigation of his earlier films: KEEP THE LIGHTS ON, 40 SHADES OF BLUE, MARRIED LIFE. All of them are painted on small canvases, but they really resonate. I think Ira has a unique voice, a very sly, hugely intelligent way of crafting movies.”

Kinnear and Sachs talked at some length about generational transition. With the death of his father, Max, Brian uneasily inherits the mantle of family elder. “You go from a father who has passed away and left a bit of a quagmire to his son, who in turn is trying to be a good parent and set a strong example for his son,” Kinnear says. “That kind of life change happens for all of us, inevitably, and it’s tough. You’re tasked with doing things correctly and you’re burdened with setting up a legacy for the next generation.”

Were he left to his own devices, Brian might well allow Leonor to stay in the store at her present rent. But because of the way his father left him and Audrey to divide their inheritance, he’s obligated to do as Audrey wants. And that means displacing Leonor, if she will not agree to a rent increase. “Brian really finds himself in a box, in terms of how to proceed,” Kinnear remarks. “Maybe because of underlying cultural differences, or even language issues, Brian and Leonor keep missing each other at little intersections along the way. But the problem has to be brokered and there’s no neat resolution. Which is the case all the time, every day, in people’s lives. Brian’s just doing the best that he can.”

Sachs agrees. “Brian is in a situation where he’s constantly questioning right and wrong. Greg makes that very compelling to watch, because you can identify with his struggle. Greg’s also a sublimely natural actor who can take what’s on the page and make it very comfortably his own.”

Sachs and Zacharias wrote the role of Leonor specifically for Chilean actress Paulina García, who won international acclaim for her starring turn in the arthouse hit GLORIA. Though Sachs mentioned that fact when they first conversed via Skype, Garcia somehow didn’t take in the information. It was only later, after shooting was underway, that she realized the part was custom-written for her. As she tells the story, “Ira mentioned it to someone who was standing beside me. I just smiled as if I was used to this situation, but I was close to fainting.”

García responded strongly to the script’s close portrait of its characters and their everyday lives. “The screenplay captured the depth of these relationships with their daily sins and misunderstandings. It’s a story about money and love – what moves the world,” she says. Like the other cast members, she also sought out Sachs’s earlier films. “I like the modern Chekhovian air that Ira’s films have. They talk about how people live, love, get along, get stoned, struggle and fight, drink and eat a lot: all things that everyone does. And money is always haunting the characters. It’s life.”

As a single parent in an expensive city, Leonor carries a lot of weight on her shoulders; the slightest financial setback could be disaster. When Max was alive, she at least could rest assured that her rent wouldn’t increase. “Leonor felt that she had found a place where she could stay put and be secure. Then her dear friend dies, and that brings even more pains beyond the pain of his absence,” García observes.

Sachs and García resisted any impulse to soften Leonor as she fights to keep her store and her livelihood. “Leonor is already stretched just in terms of getting through daily life and taking care of her son. Her temper is short. She’s not as patient,” Sachs comments. “Paulina didn’t try to sugar-coat the character; she believed in Leonor’s struggles and found all the layers of anger, fear and love inside her. Leonor is like a lioness who is backed into a corner and doesn’t know her way out. And she keeps making the wrong choices as she’s trying to get out of that corner. I love that about her, I think it makes her extremely human.”

Kathy sympathizes with Leonor, but as a successful psychotherapist and the family breadwinner, she also has a practical understanding of how the world works. Speaking about Ehle’s performance as Kathy, Sachs comments, “Jennifer gives you the sense that there’s a whole other life that Kathy is living outside the home, that she is trying not to bring into the home. Kathy’s not precious and she understands and believes in the power of money. There’s a power to her stability.”

Cheerful and warm, Kathy is like many working wives and mothers. Says Ehle, “Kathy is overstretched and a little tired around the edges, but fundamentally she’s happy. She has to keep moving in order to keep her family afloat financially. But I think she has a good marriage and she adores her child and being a mother. In a lot of ways, she’s very privileged.”

Alfred Molina and Talia Balsam create full-bodied portraits of their characters, Hernan and Audrey, during their relatively small amount of time onscreen. “When you’re talking about smaller parts, you need people who can immediately, indelibly connect to the character,” Sachs observes. “Alfred is an artist and a storyteller, and we had a wonderful collaboration on LOVE IS STRANGE. Alfred is of Spanish background, so we wrote this part of Hernan for him, knowing that he and Paulina would team beautifully together. And Talia has a very natural flow as an actress and an instinctual strength that was perfect for Audrey.”

LITTLE MEN was shot during the summer of 2015, primarily in the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Sunset Park, Bay Ridge and Williamsburg. Behind the camera, Sachs and his collaborators were guided by the idea of childhood as experienced by its central characters, Jake and Theo: a time of joy, innocence, discovery and vitality. “We wanted to expand on the romantic aspect of childhood that the film portrays,” explains Sachs. “We wanted it to have the beauty of cinema and what it can capture in terms of image and music and nuance. That kind of approach seemed well matched to the romantic possibilities of childhood.”

Sachs sought out Spanish director of photography Óscar Durán to shoot LITTLE MEN, having been impressed by his work with director Jaime Rosales including LAS HORAS DEL DIA and LA SOLEDAD, as well as on the Colombian film, GENTE DE BIEN, directed by Franco Lolli. “Óscar has a wonderful eye. To put it simply, he believes in the medium shot. In his work, the space around the character becomes very much a part of the image. He has a very European style of filmmaking that I’ve always connected to, which finds the beauty and drama in the smaller moments of the narrative.”

Brightness and color were touchstones in the film’s visual scheme. Costume designer Eden Miller made liberal use of primary colors in assembling the wardrobes for Jake and Theo, while also paying close attention to everything from sneakers to the backpacks to school uniforms worn by kids today. During location scouts, Sachs and production designer Alexandra Schaller would take every opportunity to look at teenagers’ bedrooms, taking pictures and drawing inspiration from the colors and decorative touches that expressed individuality. While speaking to whom Jake and Tony are now, the bedrooms also incorporate pieces from their earlier childhood; this is particularly true for Tony, who has had the same bedroom since he was small. Vivid color also came into play in Leonor’s shop, with its unfussy, cheerful dresses that are the antithesis of the basic black often associated with New York fashion. Sachs and Schaller worked hard to get the details of the store right, down to the placement of the dress racks and the sewing machine Leonor uses.

Over the course of filming, Sachs sometimes took advantage of situations that weren’t necessarily in the script, but lent themselves to the story. One afternoon, he filmed Taplitz and Barbieri while they were deep in conversation on the subway, a scene he later incorporated into the film. Sachs also encouraged the pair to bring their own perspectives to the story. Barbieri remembers filming a scene where Tony and Michael barrel into Tony’s apartment to find Leonor and Hernan talking in the kitchen. He and Taplitz weren’t sure what do. “Ira said, ‘Do what is comfortable for you. What would you do in this situation?’ It was amazing!”

Kinnear was impressed by his young co-stars and the portrait of friendship they brought to the screen. “It brought me back to my own childhood in certain ways; the roller-blading and benign, casual conversation,” he comments. “There’s an honesty to the movie, in what people are saying and how they’re behaving. It’s something you don’t often see, and it’s lovely.”

Michael Barbieri and Theo Taplitz in 
LITTLE MEN, a Magnolia Pictures release. 
Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.

Greg Kinnear and Jennifer Ehle in LITTLE MEN, 
a Magnolia Pictures release. 
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Paulina Garcia in LITTLE MEN, 
a Magnolia Pictures release. 
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Theo Taplitz in LITTLE MEN, 
a Magnolia Pictures release. 
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Michael Barbieri in LITTLE MEN, 
a Magnolia Pictures release. 
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Greg Kinnear and Paulina Garcia in LITTLE MEN, 
a Magnolia Pictures release. 
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Ira Sachs, director of LITTLE MEN, 
a Magnolia Pictures release. 
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Theo Taplitz (Jake Jardine)
Theo Taplitz was born in Los Angeles in 2002 and currently lives in the hills of Laurel Canyon with his parents, Iona and Daniel, his little brother, Nicholas and his dog, Moose. Theo started acting in school plays at the age of eight. In 5th grade, he had the opportunity to understudy the role of Tiny Tim for the regional theater, A Noise Within. He went on to play MacDuff’s Son in the “A Noise Within” production of “MacBeth” (in which his performance was described by the LA Times as “rending”), and also Puck in Inner City Shakespeare’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream. “ Theo also creates short films, several of which have gone on to receive recognition on the festival circuit (NFFTY Best New Talent Under 14, Dance Camera West/Cal Arts Emerging Filmmaker Honorable Mention, LA Film Fest Future Filmmaker laurels).

Michael Barbieri (Tony Calvelli)
Michael is an 8th grade student at Our Lady of Pompeii School in Greenwich Village in New York City. He has been studying acting at the Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute in New York for three years. He had a principal role in the short film, KILLER, directed by Matt Kazman, also premiering at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

LITTLE MEN marks his debut in a feature length film. Barbieri has recently been named a "Breakthrough Performance of the Summer Movie Season" by the New York Times, and has been cast in THE DARK TOWER, a Stephen King adaptation, starring Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba, and directed by Nikolaj Arcel.

Greg Kinnear (Brian Jardine)
Academy Award® nominee and Emmy award winning actor Greg Kinnear recently wrapped the comedy, PHIL, which he both directs and stars in, alongside Emily Mortimer, Luke Wilson, Bradley Whitfield, and Jay Duplass. In 2016, he will also be seen in Rick Famuyiwa’s Confirmation opposite Kerry Washington for HBO, in which he portrays Vice President Joe Biden.

On the small screen, Kinnear’s performance as John F. Kennedy in The Kennedys earned him an Emmy Award nomination for Best Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie and a SAG Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries. In 2006, Kinnear starred in LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, the critically-acclaimed hit of the Sundance Film Festival. Lauded by critics nationwide, the film went on to receive several Academy Award® nominations and Independent Spirit Awards wins.

In 1997, Kinnear starred alongside Jack Nicholson in James L. Brooks' Academy Award® nominated film AS GOOD AS IT GETS, for which he received an Academy Award® nomination as Best Supporting Actor, as well as being named Best Supporting Actor by the National Board of Review. Kinnear made his feature film debut in the Sydney Pollack-directed remake of SABRINA, in which he co-starred with Harrison Ford and Julia Ormond.

Jennifer Ehle (Kathy Jardine)
Jennifer Ehle is an award-winning stage and screen actress. She has won two Tony Awards, the first for the Broadway revival of Tom Stoppard's “The Real Thing,” and the second for her portrayal of three characters in Stoppard's “The Coast of Utopia.” She earned a BAFTA award for her performance in the television adaptation of Jane Austen's classic PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. She was nominated for a second BAFTA for her performance in WILDE, and received wide critical acclaim for her role in the film SUNSHINE directed by Istvan Szabo.

Jennifer’s most recent film credits include Terence Davies’ A QUIET PASSION; Ira Sachs’ LITTLE MEN; Mike Binder’s BLACK AND WHITE; Alan Rickman’s A LITTLE CHAOS; FIFTY SHADES OF GREY directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson; ROBOCOP directed by Jose Padilha and ZERO DARK THIRTY directed by Kathryn Bigelow. Prior to that, Jennifer appeared in Steven Soderbergh’s CONTAGION; George Clooney’s THE IDES OF MARCH; Tom Hooper’s THE KING'S SPEECH and Gavin O’Connor’s PRIDE AND GLORY.

Paulina Garcia (Leonor Calvelli)
Paulina García is a Chilean actress, theater director, and playwright. Recognized as one the most important Latin American actresses, she won the prestigious Silver Bear Award for Best Actress in 2013 at the Berlin International Film Festival for her memorable performance in the movie GLORIA, directed by Sebastián Lelio. She also appears in the Netflix produced series Narcos as Pablo´s Escobar mother, Hermilda Gaviria. Throughout her career Paulina has appeared in over thirty plays and television series. She taught drama in different Universities in Santiago, and later between 1997 and 2001 founded and formed part of the Chilean Theatre Directors Association (ADT).


Ira Sachs (Director/Co-Writer/Producer)
Ira Sachs was born in Memphis, TN, in 1965. His most recent film, LOVE IS STRANGE, with Alfred Molina, John Lithgow, and Marisa Tomei, was nominated for 2 Gotham Awards and 4 Independent Spirit Awards, including Best Feature. His previous films include KEEP THE LIGHTS ON, (4 Independent Spirit Award Nominations), MARRIED LIFE, THE DELTA, and the 2005 Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning FORTY SHADES OF BLUE. He and Mauricio Zacharias are presently writing a film about the actor Montgomery Clift for HBO.

A recipient of both Guggenheim and Rockefeller Fellowships, his work has been included in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art and MoMA. Sachs is the founder and Executive Director of Queer/Art, a non-profit arts organization that provides support for a diverse group of LGBTQ artists across disciplines and generations. He lives in New York City with his husband, painter Boris Torres, and their two children, Viva and Felix.

Mauricio Zacharias (Co-Writer)
Mauricio Zacharias was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and has earned an MFA in Screenwriting from the University of Southern California, where he received the Warner Brothers’ scholarship. He lives in New York City but often collaborates with Brazilian directors, such as Karim Ainouz, Paulo Machline and Andrucha Waddington. In the US, he has written with Ira Sachs “Keep The Lights On” and “Love Is Strange”, both Sundance premieres, and both nominated for the Independent Spirit Award as best film and best screenplay of the year. He is very happy to be in Park City again with their latest, “Little Men.”

Lucas Joaquin (Producer)
Lucas Joaquin is an independent creative producer based in New York City. Most recently he produced the feature film COMPLETE UNKNOWN directed and co-written by Joshua Marston, premiering at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. LITTLE MEN is his fourth film of Sachs’s he has produced, following LOVE IS STRANGE, KEEP THE LIGHTS ON and the short film, LAST ADDRESS. Previous features include THE HEART MACHINE written and directed by Zachary Wigon, and the upcoming ONE MORE TIME starring Christopher Walken and Amber Heard. Upcoming films include LOVE AFTER LOVE, a Sundance Lab project directed and co-written by Russell Harbaugh and starring Andie MacDowell and Chris O’Dowd; and Zachary Wigon’s upcoming feature, I WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU. Joaquin is a Sundance Creative Producing Lab fellow, participated in the Berlinale Talent Campus, Venice Biennale College, and IFP No Borders Co-Production Market. He’s also produced commercials for national brands such as Amex, Delta Airlines and Nike. He works closely with the New York-based production company Parts & Labor.

Christos V. Konstantakopoulos (Producer)
Christos V. Konstantakopoulous founded Faliro House Productions in 2008, he has since been involved in more than 25 feature films, including: THE LOBSTER by Yorgos Lanthimos (Jury Prize - Cannes 2015), CHEVALIER by Athina Rachel Tsangari (Best Film - London Film Festival 2015), KNIGHT OF CUPS by Terence Malick (Berlin 2015), QUEEN OF EARTH by Alex Ross Perry (Berlin 2015), STRATOS by Yannis Economides (Berlin 2014), LOVE IS STRANGE by Ira Sachs (Sundance, Berlin 2014), BEFORE MIDNIGHT by Richard Linklater (Best Adapted Screenplay Nomination – Oscars 2014), MISS VIOLENCE by Alexandros Avranas (Best Director, Best Male Lead – Venice 2014), ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE by Jim Jarmusch (Cannes 2013), L by Babis Makridis (Sundance 2012), SOMEBODY UP THERE LIKES ME by Bob Byington (Locarno 2012), TAKE SHELTER by Jeff Nichols (Critics Week Grand Prize - Cannes 2011, Grand Prize - Deauville 2011). Upcoming films include LITTLE MEN by Ira Sachs (Sundance, Berlin 2016), KATE PLAYS CHRISTINE by Robert Greene (Sundance 2016), SUNTAN by Argyris Papadimitropoulos (Rotterdam 2016), MIDNIGHT SPECIAL by Jeff Nichols (Berlin 2016), THE FOUNDER by John Lee Hancock, WEIGHTLESS by Terrence Malick , PARK by Sophia Exarhou.

Jim A. Landé (Producer)
Based in Provincetown MA, New York City, and Washington DC, Jim A. Landé worked with Sachs previously as an Executive Producer of LOVE IS STRANGE. Jim was a Producer of Tennessee Williams’ The Two-Character Play Off Broadway starring Amanda Plummer and Brad Dourif (2014). He is lead producer and distributor of the Bearcity films, and an Executive Producer of the new dramatic feature film AWOL, directed by Deb Shoval. Prior to producing Jim served in national security assignments as a Senior Congressional Adviser, US Department of State; a Staff Officer, Office of the Director of National Intelligence; and as a Staff Detailee, U.S. Senate Committee on Intelligence, for its investigation of the controversial Rendition, Detention and Interrogation Program.

LA Teodosio (Producer)
LA Teodosio is a New York based film producer/investor, technologist and software entrepreneur. She was recently an executive producer on Ira Sachs’ Love is Strange and is currently in post-production on Deb Shoval’s AWOL, based on the 2011 Sundance award-winning short. She is the producer for Silas Howard’s in-development San Francisco based THE LUSTY, and is in production as the producer of Academy nominated David France’s new documentary SYLVIA & MARSHA, which traces the modern transgender civil rights movement through the lives of two of its most prominent pioneers. LA holds an MFA from Columbia University’s film program where she was the 2012 recipient of the Michael Hausman Film/Haus award for producing excellence.

Oscar Durán (Director of Photography)
Oscar Durán is a Madrid based cinematographer who studied at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles. His work includes Franco Lolli’s GENTE DE BIEN (Cannes Critics Week 2015, Golden Camera nominee), SUEÑO Y SILENCIO (Cannes Directors Fortnight 2012), and LA SOLEDAD (Cannes Un Certain Regard 2007), both directed by Jaime Rosales, and the documentaries, THE LAST LOST KINGDOM and HISTORY OF THE FOGGY MOUNTAINS, directed by Larry Levene.

Dickon Hinchliffe (Composer)
Dickon Hinchliffe is a founder member of the British band Tindersticks. He began scoring films with the acclaimed French director Claire Denis for the films Nenette et Boni, Trouble Every Day and Vendredi Soir. In 2004, Dickon composed the score to Sachs’ Forty Shades of Blue. He then wrote the music to the British comedy Keeping Mum before working with Sachs again on the period drama Married Life. His next films were the Golden Globe nominated Last Chance Harvey and Cold Souls. He was then involved in his first collaboration with James Marsh on the highly acclaimed Red Riding – 1980.

In 2009, Dickon composed the score to Winter’s Bone, directed by Debra Granik, Dickon worked with James Marsh again on the documentary Project Nim. Later that year he scored the pilot of the HBO series “Luck,” directed by Michael Mann and Oren Moverman’s Rampart. Following on from this he scored James Marsh’s feature Shadow Dancer and then Ramin Bahrani’s At Any Price. Early in 2013 Dickon scored Scott Cooper’s second feature film Out of the Furnace. In late 2013 and 2014 Dickon scored Liza Johnson’s Hateship Loveship, Steven Knight’s Locke starring Tom Hardy and Ben Palmer’s Man Up. Recently, Dickon has scored Special Correspondents, directed by and starring Ricky Gervais.

Eden Miller (Costume Designer)
Eden Miller started her career in show business at age 17 by designing costumes for the internationally acclaimed Wooster Group. Later, Eden began working in independent film and award winning theater, garnering two Tony Awards® for Costume Design under Martin Pakledinaz for Kiss Me Kate in 2000, and Thoroughly Modern Millie in 2002.. Eden has assisted on such films as Bullets Over Broadway, The Age of Innocence, and Mighty Aphrodite, and such television series as “Girls,” “Deadbeat,” “The Carrie Diaries,” “The Strain,” “Mr. Robot,” “As the World Turns,” “Alpha House,” and Baz Luhrmann’s “The Get Down.”

Eden is the designer and owner of CABIRIA as well; a high end plus size clothing line inspired by Fellini films and French New Wave cinema. She lives in New York and Los Angeles, and travels as often as humanly possible.

Alexandra Schaller (Production Designer)
Alexandra Schaller studied performance design at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design in London, UK. Specializing in interactive and immersive performance, she moved to NYC for Punchdrunk's blockbuster show SLEEP NO MORE and stayed to pursue a career in film. In addition to feature films, she also designs commercials and interactive experiences for brands, ranging from the Beatles' 50th Anniversary, to Canon, Nike and Roberto Cavalli. Alexandra speaks both French and Spanish and loves to travel. In 2014, two very different design projects, Simon Helberg's WE'LL NEVER HAVE PARIS and Zachary Wigon's THE HEART MACHINE premiered in competition at SXSW, both with subsequent theatrical releases. Upcoming film credits include: MAGGIE'S PLAN by Rebecca Miller (release planned for May 2016), LITTLE MEN by Ira Sachs, and James Lapine's courtroom drama CUSTODY starring Viola Davis, currently in post-production.

Little Men Official Trailer


NY, New York: Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center
NY, New York: IFC Center 5

CA, Irvine: Westpark 8 Cineams
CA, Los Angeles: Royal
CA, North Hollywood: Laemmle NoHo 7
CA, Pasadena: Playhouse 7 Cinemas
CA, San Francisco: Clay Theatre
CA, West Hollywood: Sundance Sunset Cinemas
DC, Washington: Avalon 2

AZ, Tucson: The Loft Cinema
CA, Claremont: Claremont 5
FL, Coral Gables: Coral Gables Art Cinema
WA, Seattle: Sundance Cinemas

CA, Modesto: State Theatre
ID, Boise: The Flicks 4
NM, Santa Fe: CCA Cinematheque

VA, Williamsburg: Kimball Theatre 2

CO, Denver: Sie Film Center
FL, Tallahassee: Tallahassee Film Society / All Saints Cinema
IL, Chicago: Century Centre Cinema
KY, Louisville: Speed Art Museum
LA, Shreveport: Robinson Film Center 2
MI, Grand Rapids: Celebration Cinema Woodland
NC, Winston-Salem: Aperture Cinema
OH, Columbus: Gateway Film Center
OK, Oklahoma City: Oklahoma City Museum of Art
PA, Philadelphia: Ritz at the Bourse
UT, Salt Lake City: Broadway Centre Cinemas

AZ, Scottsdale: Camelview at Fashion Square
CA, San Diego: Ken Cinema
FL, Delray Beach: Movies of Delray 5
FL, Lake Worth: Movies of Lake Worth
NM, Mesilla: Fountain Theatre
NE, Omaha: Film Streams at the Ruth Sokolof Theater

CA, Santa Barbara: Riviera

LA, Lafayette: Acadiana Center for the Arts

LA, New Orleans: Zeitgeist
OR, Salem: Salem Cinema

CO, Boulder: Boedecker Theater

TX, Fort Worth: Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

MI, Flint: Flint Institute of Arts

TN, Memphis: Ridgeway 4



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