Friday, April 17, 2020

|Podcast| The Neighbors' Window - Marshall Curry


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Marshall Curry is a three-time Academy Award nominated documentary director, cinematographer, and editor. His films cover a wide range of interests and include Street Fight, about Cory Booker's first run for mayor of Newark, N.J.; Racing Dreams, which tells the story of two boys and a girl who dream of becoming NASCAR drivers; If A Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front, which chronicles a radical environmental group; Point and Shoot, about an American who leaves home to join the Libyan revolution; and A Night at The Garden, about a Nazi rally that filled Madison Square Garden in 1939. His films have won top honors at Sundance and Tribeca, played in theaters and on television around the world, and earned two Emmy nominations and two Writers Guild of America nominations. Curry also Executive Produced and helped to edit Mistaken for Strangers, a comedy documentary about the indie rock band, The National.



JEANBOOKNERD PODCAST 2020: FORTY SEVEN
GUEST: MARSHALL CURRY
JOURNALIST: ERIK WERLIN
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DIRECTOR'S NOTE
For the past fifteen years I’ve loved directing documentaries, but a year or two ago I began developing an itch to make a scripted film. I wanted to work with actors and a crew on a project where we could control every shot, every plot twist, and every line of dialogue.

I remembered an interview I’d heard years before on Love and Radio, in which Diane Weipert described a young couple who’d moved in across the street from her. It was funny and heartbreaking, and it inspired me to write a script that explored the same themes with a new O. Henry-ish ending. I knocked out the first draft in one feverish afternoon and spent the next months revising and reshaping it, tweaking lines until our first day of shooting.

As a New Yorker, I’m fascinated – and frequently moved – by the way my life overlaps with the lives of thousands of strangers. We create intimate connections as we press together on the subways, watch our children at the playground, and peer into each other’s apartments. But those intimate connections are always incomplete.

In The Neighbors’ Window I wanted to explore how these anonymous glimpses into other people’s lives affect our feelings about the world and about ourselves. The film is rooted in real physical experiences, but it can also be seen as an allegory about social media – the way we see into each other’s lives and take away an idealized view that never really tells the whole story.


THE NEIGHBORS’ WINDOW tells the story of Alli (Maria Dizzia), a mother of young children who has grown frustrated with her husband (Greg Keller) and her daily routine. When two twenty-somethings move in across the street, she discovers that she can see into their apartment and develops a Rear Window-style obsession with their free-spirited lives.

Inspired by a true story, the film was written and directed by three-time Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker, Marshall Curry. Starring Tony-nominated Maria Dizzia (Orange is the New Black, 13 Reasons Why, While We’re Young); Greg Keller (Law and Order); and Juliana Canfield (Succession).




ABOUT THE CAST AND CREW
Maria Dizzia — Alli Maria Dizzia is a Tony-nominated actress based in New York City. She recently made her directorial debut with the Amios theatre company in their production of The Loneliest Number. Her New York theatre credits include: If I Forget, The Layover, Belleville (2013 Drama Desk Nomination), Uncle Vanya, Cradle and All, In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play), (2010 Tony Award nomination); The Hallway Trilogy, and more. Maria portrayed Polly on three seasons of Netflix’s Orange is the New Black. Her other film and television credits include: The Deuce, Bull, Red Oaks, While We’re Young, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Margin Call, Rachel Getting

Married, Horace and Pete, Royal Pains, The Newsroom, The Good Wife, Master of None, Louie, Fringe, and Law & Order. She will be featured in the new upcoming HBO series The Undoing and the independent feature I Was In Your Blood. She can currently be seen in 13 Reasons Why streaming on Netflix. Maria received her MFA from the University of California, San Diego.

Greg Keller — Jacob Greg has spent his career originating roles in New York Theater, on and off Broadway. He has acted opposite Jane Fonda, Dianne Wiest, Cynthia Nixon, Rebecca Hall, Linda Lavin, Jeff Goldblum, Alicia Silverstone, Ally Sheedy, Alan Cumming, Katherine Waterston, and Maria Dizzia, to name a few.

Pictured: Maria Dizzia, Greg Keller

Juliana Canfield — The Neighbor Juliana Canfield will star opposite Diane Lane and Barry Keoghan in the upcoming FX series Y: The Last Man, based on the comic series of the same name. She recently wrapped the upcoming Apple anthology series Amazing Stories, produced by Amblin Television, and can be seen in a recurring arc on HBO's Succession, opposite Jeremy Strong. On stage, she has starred in Theater for a New Audience's He Brought Her Back in a Box, Colt Coueur's Zurich opposite Paul Wesley, and New York Theater Workshop's The House That Will Not Stand, directed by Obie Award winner Lileana Blain-Cruz. She holds a BA from Yale College and an MFA from the Yale School of Drama.

Jonathan Olson — Producer Jonathan Olson is a New Jersey-born film and advertising producer. Based in New York, Jonathan has been in the industry for nearly a decade working for companies like RT Features, Smuggler, Reset Content, Anonymous Content, and many others. His credits include Port Authority, starring Fionn Whitehead and Executive Produced by Martin Scorcese; and Weightless, starring Alessandro Nivola and directed by Jaron Albertin.

Julia Kennelly — Producer Julia Kennelly is a film producer of both narrative and branded content. She has worked for New York-based production companies Archer Gray, Juniper Jones, Public Record, Broadstreet, KYLE nyc and MikMak, among others. Julia has produced advertising work written about in AdWeek and TIME, and she has a passion for narrative films that tell stories about people who are not often visible in the mainstream media. Films she's produced have been in competition at the Tribeca Film Festival, the Atlanta Film Festival, Outfest and Palm Springs Shortsfest. Julia is currently line producing an upcoming premium network documentary series, to air early in 2020.

Elizabeth Martin — Executive Producer Elizabeth Martin produced Point & Shoot with Marshall Curry and has worked with him in various capacities on all of his documentaries. Previously, Elizabeth founded and served as Executive Director of WomensLaw.org, a nonprofit organization providing legal information and support for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault throughout the United States. In this capacity, Elizabeth and WomensLaw.org received a Webby Award, the Sunshine Lady Foundation Peace Award, and a Celebrating Solutions Award. She has been profiled in several articles and books on social change and philanthropy, including Giving 2.0 by Laura ArrillagaAndreessen.

Wolfgang Held — Director of Photography Wolfgang Held has been working as a Director of Photography in New York City since the mid 1990s. He has photographed many narrative films, including Sacha Baron Cohen's hit comedy Bruno; The Tic Code, directed by the late Gary Winick; and Rob Morrow's Maze, starring Academy Award Nominee Laura Linney. He has also photographed numerous award-winning documentaries including Marshall Curry's Racing Dreams; the PBS series Carrier, for which he won an Emmy for Cinematography; Children Underground; Metallica: Some Kind of Monster; the Showtime series The Fourth Estate; Alex Gibney's Enemies; and a 9-hour Netflix docuseries Untitled Justice in collaboration with The Innocence Project.

James Baxter — Composer James Baxter is an electronic musician and composer who has worked with Marshall Curry on his three Oscar-nominated documentaries, Street Fight; If A Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front; and A Night at The Garden. He also scored the short Anti-Muse and produces music as “alrightSpider.” James studied music at Yale.
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