Magnolia Pictures, Super Crispy Entertainment & Jonathan Schwartz / Andrea Sperling Productions
A MAGNOLIA PICTURES RELEASE NOBODY WALKS
A film by Ry Russo-Young 82 minutes, 1.78
2012 Sundance Film Festival
2012 BAM CinemaFest
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Martine (Oliva Thirlby), an artist from New York, arrives in Los Angeles to work on her film. She is staying with friends of a friend, Julie (Rosemarie DeWitt), her husband Peter (John Krasinski), Julie's teenage daughter Kolt (India Ennenga), and their young son. From the day that Martine walks into the lives of this open-minded, relaxed California family, everything is subtly set off balance. Peter is helping Martine complete the sound design on her art film and they collaborate closely together, working in the studio off the pool house where Martine is staying. They develop a connection that is rare for Peter and necessary for Martine to finish her movie but, which begins to veer away from professional terrain. An attraction is also brewing between Martine and David's assistant (Rhys Wakefield), who’s sixteen-year-old Kolt is crushing on as well. Meanwhile, Julie, a therapist who prides herself on being professional and together, is fending off the projective impulses of one of her patients (Justin Kirk), a screenwriter who can talk his way into anything. Each character in Nobody Walks experiences a surge of desire catalyzed by Martine’s arrival, and everyone is forced to confront the new landscape that emerges in her wake.
DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT – RY RUSSO-YOUNG
My previous films were about strong women who were independent, brave and broken-hearted. The characters pushed boundaries as a way of defining themselves and left a mess in their wake.
With Nobody Walks, I wanted to explore a functional family at a turning point, to examine the decisions people make and the moral choices they must confront. The parents are in a rut, vaguely losing touch with each other, not having sex, the way many couples get while busy with work and kids and life. Martine’s presence crystallizes their distance and leads them to acts of betrayal. Adrift this sea is their teenage daughter Kolt, who is at a time in her life when she is beginning to test the boundaries of her own sexuality. In writing the script, Lena Dunham and I were careful not to make the film a heavy-handed morality tale, with someone floating dead in the pool at the end to pay for the sins of the family. We wanted to examine how people in loving relationships justify hurtful actions. Families go through rough times and compromise their trust in one another, and then life goes on, but nobody walks away unscathed.
- Ry Russo-Young
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS RY RUSSO-YOUNG (Director, Co-Writer)
Ry Russo-Young’s Nobody Walks premiered in dramatic competition at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. The film, starring John Krasinski, Olivia Thirlby and Rosemarie Dewitt, was co-written with Lena Dunham and developed through the Sundance Screenwriters lab and the IFP No Borders market. The film won a special jury prize and will be released domestically this fall by Magnolia Pictures and internationally through Myriad Pictures. The film has played several other festivals, including BAM Cinemafest, Sarasota, Nantucket, and Sundance London, among others.
In 2009, Russo-Young's feature You Won’t Miss Me premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and played several other festivals around the world, including SXSW, Turin, Marfa, and Sao Paulo. The film won a Gotham Independent Film Award for “Best Feature Not Coming to a Theater Near You” and was released by Factory 25 on a special-edition DVD in 2011.
Russo-Young’s short film Marion, a three-screen deconstruction of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, was awarded Best Experimental Film at the 2007 SXSW Film Festival, and the Chicago International Film Festival’s Silver Hugo. Marion has screened at galleries, colleges and film festivals around the world. Russo-Young’s first feature, Orphans, received a Jury Prize at the 2007 SXSW Film Festival and was released on DVD in 2008.
Ry Russo-Young studied acting at HB Studios and Lee Strasberg Institute, and she has appeared in films such as Hannah Takes the Stairs and The Color Wheel. She majored in film at Oberlin College. She has directed commercials and shorts through Bunker, a production company based in Soho. She is currently writing a new film and working on a pilot for television.
LENA DUNHAM (Co-Writer)
Multi-hyphenate talent Lena Dunham has quickly established herself as a formidable talent among today's top young filmmakers, already creating an indelible mark in the industry.
Dunham currently stars in the HBO series, “Girls,” which she created and also serves as an executive producer and writer. The show follows the lives of four 20-something women in Manhattan and was already renewed for a second season.
At only 24 years old, Dunham wrote, directed and starred in Tiny Furniture, which won Best Narrative Feature at the 2010 South by Southwest Film Festival and received two Independent Spirit Award nominations for Best First Feature and Best First Screenplay. The film, a dramedy that centers around a recent college grad who returns home to figure out what to do with her life, also earned Dunham the 2010 LA Film Critics Association New Generation Award and was nominated for two Gotham Awards, for Breakthrough Director and Best Ensemble Performance. Tiny Furniture was released by IFC in November 2010.
In 2009, Dunham premiered her first feature, Creative Nonfiction, at the South by Southwest Film Festival. The film tells the story of Ella' (Dunham) a college student who is more focused on a pseudo-romance with her dorm-mate Chris' than on the screenplay she's supposed to be finishing for her creative writing class.
Dunham created several short films, including “Dealing,” which premiered at the 2007 Slamdance Film Festival. She also created two web series, Tight Shots and Delusional Downtown Divas, and in 2009 was commissioned to make ten more episodes of Delusional Downtown Divas for the Guggenheim's first annual Art Awards.
Dunham graduated from Oberlin College in 2008 with a degree in Creative Writing and currently resides in New York City.
Selected press on Lena Dunham’s experience writing NOBODY WALKS with Ry Russo-Young:
Indiewire – June 21, 2012
“Dunham said for a long time she had been ‘big fan of Ry's from afar’ and was excited at the opportunity to collaborate with her on the screenplay. “I was always like four years behind her so, sort of like, enamored of her in the way that, like, pre-teens are of teens, and I loved her first two features so much, so I was just really excited by the idea of getting to be involved in any way with her process, I think.” Because Dunham knew that Russo-Young would be directing it, she didn’t feel the same pressure as with her own projects. “We knew the entire time that [Ry would] be directing the movie, so I always compared it with you know you're pregnant with a kid, but you know you're gonna give it up so you don't name it and you don't get that attached to it – like, in the best way.” – Interview conducted by Cory Everett
JONATHAN SCHWARTZ (Producer)
Jonathan Schwartz, President and Founder of Super Crispy Entertainment, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Rhetoric from The University of California at Berkeley and a law degree with honors from the prestigious George Washington University.
At Sundance 2011, Jonathan and Super Crispy debuted Drake Doremus’ Like Crazy, an epic story of first love, starring three of the hottest and best young actors in Hollywood. Anton Yelchin (Star Trek), Felicity Jones (The Tempest), and Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone, The Hunger Games) are breathtaking in Drake Doremus’ Grand Jury Prize WINNER for Best Picture as well as a Special Jury Prize for Felicity Jones’ acting. Like Crazy was released on October 28, 2011 by Paramount Pictures, and garnered numerous Awards and Top 10 lists, along with multiple Breakout Star Awards for Jones including The National Board of Review and The Gotham Awards).
At Sundance 2012, Jonathan and Super Crispy are premiering two films in dramatic competition. Smashed stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim), Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad”), Octavia Spencer (The Help), Nick Offerman (“Park and Recreation”), and multiple Emmy Award winner Megan Mullally. Director James Ponsoldt tells the part tragic, part comedic, always authentic story of a young couple whose bond is built on a mutual love of alcohol.
Jonathan, along with Super Crispy’s Andrea Sperling, also produced Ry Russo Young’s Nobody Walks, written by Russo Young and Lena Dunham (Tiny Furniture), and starring John Krasinski (“The Office”), Olivia Thirlby (Juno), Rosemarie Dewitt (Rachel Getting Married), Justin Kirk (“Weeds”), and Dylan McDermott (“American Horror Story”).
Jonathan recently wrapped Drake Doremus’ untitled follow up to Like Crazy in New York City. The film stars Emmy Winner Guy Pearce, Oscar Nominated Actress Amy Ryan, and the enchanting star of Like Crazy, Felicity Jones.
2010 was also a big year Super Crispy Entertainment. The company produced four movies that year, including two Sundance Dramatic Competition films and an Official Selection of Cannes as well as Toronto.
Douchebag (which Jonathan also co-wrote) premiered in Sundance to rave reviews from major film critics across the country, including Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly, Elvis Mitchell of NPR and Kenny Turan of the Los Angeles Times. The film was released in theaters across the United States in October 2010 by Paladin Films.
Jonathan also developed, packaged and executive produced Academy Award nominated Director Peter Weir's The Way Back, based on the acclaimed book “The Long Walk.” The film stars Ed Harris, Colin Farrell, Jim Sturgess, and Saoirse Ronan and garnered an Oscar nomination for its spectacular makeup recreation of Siberian prisoners.
Jonathan and Andrea also produced the thriller Kaboom, directed by acclaimed indie auteur Gregg Araki. Kaboom, premiered in May 2010 as an Official Selection of the Cannes Film Festival to standing ovations and was sold at the festival to IFC. Kaboom, was also awarded the inaugural Queer Palm Award given by the Festival. It is the rare film that got invited to Cannes, Toronto and Sundance, and premiered theatrically in the US in February 2011.
Sundance 2010 was also the kick off point for Mark Ruffalo’s Sympathy for Delicious, starring Mark Ruffalo, Laura Linney, and Orlando Bloom, and produced by Super Crispy’s Andrea Sperling. The film took away a special jury prize at the festival and was released in May 2011.
Jonathan also produced Spooner, starring Matthew Lillard and Nora Zehetner, which premiered in theatres in March 2011. This was the first of 4 films that Jonathan and Drake Doremus have collaborated on and was the LA Times “Critics Pick of the Week” when released. Spooner won Best Feature Award at several festivals, and shared Best Achievement in Filmmaking at the Newport Beach Festival with %00 Days of Summer.
In 2008, Jonathan became the first and only American producer for Palme D’Or Winner and Oscar Nominee Michael Haneke on his remake of Funny Games, starring Naomi Watts, Tim Roth and Michael Pitt, which was mentioned in several top movies of the year lists.
In 2007, Jonathan executive produced the critically acclaimed Wristcutters: A Love Story, starring Patrick Fugit, Shannyn Sossamon, Tom Waits, and Will Arnett. Wristcutters premiered in Dramatic Competition at Sundance and was nominated for Best First Feature and Best Screenplay at The Independent Spirit Awards. It continues to be a cult favorite.
Super Crispy continues to develop, produce and finance film and television projects with a focus on quality and director driven projects. Jonathan continues to collaborate with seasoned indie Producer Andrea Sperling for Super Crispy Entertainment.
ANDREA SPERLING (Producer)
Andrea Sperling has produced twenty-eight feature films. In 2009, she joined forces with Jonathan Schwartz at Super Crispy Entertainment and is currently in post-production on Ry Russo-Young’s Nobody Walks starring John Krasinski, Olivia Thirlby and Rosemarie DeWitt as well as James Ponsoldt’s Smashed starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Aaron Paul, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally and Octavia Spencer. Both films’ are World Premiering in Competition at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
Sperling is also in post-production on Drake Doremus’ latest film (currently untitled) starring Guy Pearce, Amy Ryan and Felicity Jones made in conjunction with Indian Paintbrush.
In 2009, Sperling produced Drake Doremus’ Like Crazy starring Anton Yelchin, Felicity Jones, and Jennifer Lawrence. Like Crazy world premiered at Sundance in 2010 where it won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature as well as a Special Jury Award for Best Actress and was released worldwide with much acclaim by Paramount Pictures in 2011.
In 2010, Sperling produced Gregg Araki’s Kaboom which made its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in 2010 and will be released by IFC in 2011 as well as Sympathy for Delicious (2010 Sundance Competition Film and Grand Jury Prize Winner), directed by Mark Ruffalo, starring Ruffalo, Laura Linney, Orlando Bloom and Juliette Lewis.
In 2007, Sperling produced Ari Gold’s feature film debut Adventures of Power starring Adrian Grenier, Michael McKean, and Jane Lynch which world premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. In 2006, Sperling produced Jamie Babbit’s third feature film Itty Bitty Titty Committee which world premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and won the Grand Jury Prize at the South by Southwest Film Festival in 2007. Sperling also produced Dominique Wirtshafter’s directorial debut If I Had Known I Was a Genius starring Whoopi Goldberg, Sharon Stone and Tara Reid which world premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2007.
In 2005, Sperling produced Harsh Times, written and directed by David Ayer (the writer of Training Day) starring Christian Bale, Freddy Rodriguez and Eva Longoria; and Jamie Babbit’s second feature film, The Quiet, starring Elisha Cuthbert, Camilla Bell, Martin Donovan, and Edie Falco, both world premiered at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival and secured domestic distribution through MGM and Sony Classics respectively. Both were released nationwide in the fall of 2006.
In addition, Sperling has produced the following films: D.E.B.S, an action romantic comedy for Screen Gems, written and directed by Angela Robinson (Herbie: The Love Bug). D.E.B.S. made its North American Premiere at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival and its European Premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival where it won the prestigious Siegessaeule Readers Award for Best Feature Film. Goldwyn Films released the film nationally. Adam Broder and Anthony Abrams’ Pumpkin (2002, American Zoetrope/ UA), executive produced by Francis Ford Coppola, starring Christina Ricci, Brenda Blethyn and Dominique Swain; Erik Skjoldbjaerg’s Prozac Nation, as a co-producer with Christina Ricci (2001, Miramax Films), starring Christina Ricci, Jessica Lange, Jason Biggs and Anne Heche; Alexander Rockwell’s 13 Moons (2001, Gold Circle Films), starring Steve Buscemi and Jennifer Beals; Jamie Babbit's But I’m a Cheerleader 1999, Lions Gate Films) starring Natasha Lyonne, Clea Duvall, Rupaul and Cathy Moriarity; Mary Kuryla's Freak Weather (1999, Search Party Films) starring Aida Turturro, John Carroll Lynch and Jacqueline McKenzie; Marius Balchunas’ No Vacancy, as executive producer with Ron Shelton (1999, IA), starring Lolita Davidovith, Robert Wagner and Christina Ricci; Morgan J. Freeman's Desert Blue (1998, Goldwyn Films) starring Kate Hudson, Christina Ricci, Peter Saarsgard, Brendan Sexton III and Casey Affleck.
More producing credits include: four films by Gregg Araki, Nowhere (1996, Fine Line), The Doom Generation (1995, Trimark), Totally F**ked Up (1993, Strand Releasing), and The Living End (1991, October Films); four films by Jon Moritsugu, Scum Rock (2002), Fame Whore (1996), Mod F**k Explosion (1995, Film Haus), and Terminal, USA (1993, ITVS); and one film by Christopher Munch, Color of a Brisk and Leaping Day (1996, Artistic License) which was awarded the Grand Jury Prize for Best Cinematography at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival.
Sperling received a Bachelor of Arts in Film History, Theory and Criticism from the University of Santa Barbara, graduating with Honors in 1990. She has been profiled in The New York Times, The Village Voice, Art Forum, Paper Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, Detour Magazine, The Advocate, IndieWire, AIVF, Filmmaker Magazine, and on the Sundance Channel.
Sperling was chosen by OUT Magazine in 2008 as one of the OUT 100, a list of "the year's most interesting, influential and newsworthy LGBT people.” That’s same year, she received the L.A.C.E. Award, given out by the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center honoring local women who have made significant contributions to the LGBT community. In April 2008, Sperling traveled to Turin, Italy to accept the Festivals Special Award for Career Achievement at the Torino GLBT Film Festival.
In July 2007, Sperling was granted the Frameline Award at the San Francisco Gay and Lesbian Film Festival for her achievements in Independent film. In June 2005, Sperling’s retrospective was shown at the Vienna Film Festival. In 2004, Sperling received the Wolfe Career Achievement Award at the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. That same year, POWER UP! named her one of the 10 Most Amazing Women in Hollywood. In addition, Sperling has been nominated twice by the Independent Feature Project West for a Spirit Award in Producing Achievement; once in 1993 where she took home the award, and again, in 1999.
Sperling sits on the Honorary Board of Directors for the Professional Organization of Women in Entertainment Reaching Up (POWERUP!).
ALICIA VAN COUVERING (Producer)
Alicia Van Couvering produced Tiny Furniture, directed by Lena Dunham. Tiny Furniture premiered at SXSW in 2010 where it won the Narrative Jury Prize; the film went on to receive accolades from the Independent Spirit Awards, Gotham Awards, New York Film Critics’ Awards, and praise from publications including the New York Times, Variety and The New Yorker. It was released by IFC Films and the Criterion Collection.
In addition to producing Ry Russo-Young's Nobody Walks, Van Couvering served as co-producer or consulting producer on three films in 2011, all of which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival: Bryan Wizemann's Think of Me (nominated for an Independent Spirit Award), Steve Kessler's Paul Williams Still Alive, and Whit Stillman's Damsels in Distress. Physical production credits include Phil Morrison's Junebug, Todd Solondz' Palindromes and Life During Wartime, as well as numerous television shows, commercials and art installations.
Van Couvering is a New York City native who graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in 2004. She is a contributing editor for Filmmaker Magazine and in 2010 was named a fellow of both the Sundance Feature Film Institute Creative Producing Labs and the IFP / Rotterdam Cinemart Labs.
WARREN FISCHER (Co-Producer)
Co-founder of art project Fischerspooner, Warren Fischer has been a film director for over 12 years, and founder of Bunker New York.
Fischer is an artist, composer, and filmmaker, directing memorable performances and music videos for Fischerspooner, with multiple invitations to present work in art galleries and museums including MoMA, Jeffery Dietch Projects, Art Basel, Gavin Brown Enterprises, the Pompidou Paris and MoCA Los Angeles.
Bunker New York is a film production company, specializing in advertising and feature projects and represents Ry Russo-Young for commercial direction projects. Bunker is currently in pre-production on the feature film Egg to be directed by John Walter and produced by Russo-Young, Jack Turner, and Fischer. Fischer is currently developing Waterline, a feature project, as well as directing several commercial campaigns for Nissan, Nikon, Ram, and other major brands.
CHRISTOPHER BLAUVELT (Director of Photography)
Christopher Blauvelt is a third-generation film craftsman who combines his extensive experience with a fresh creative eye. Christopher refined his craft assisting and camera-operating for renowned cinematographer Harris Savides on critically acclaimed films such as The Game, Elephant, Last Days, and Zodiac. Christopher began to make a name for himself as a Director of Photography on Kelly Reichardt's critically acclaimed, Meek's Cutoff, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival and screened at the Toronto and New York Film Festivals. In the last year he followed up with The Discoverers and most recently he wrapped Ry Russo-Young’s, Nobody Walks. The film, co-written by filmmaker Lena Dunham, is a daring drama about a young artist who invades the home and family of a Hollywood sound designer and features, John Krasinski, Olivia Thirlby and Rosemarie DeWitt.
LINDA SENA (Production Designer)
Linda is a production designer known for her dedication and craft. She designed two of the films premiering in competition at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, the films Nobody Walks directed by Ry Russo Young and Smashed directed by James Ponsoldt. She also designed the hit film Wristcutters: A Love Story (Sundance 2006) directed by Goran Dukic. Along with her work as a designer Linda is also an accomplished Art Director having art directed the films Captain AbuRaed (“Audience Award” Sundance 2008) shot on location in Amman, Jordan and more recently the film Everything Must Go starring Will Ferrell. Linda is a graduate of the American Film Institute and a member of the Art Directors Guild.
KIM WILCOX (Costume Designer)
Kim Wilcox has helped to bring compelling characters to life for over fifteen years. Nominated twice for an Emmy for her work on HBO’s “The Sopranos,” she has designed costumes for a wide range of actors including Frank Langella, Marcia Gay Harden, Jason Ritter, Ludacris, Jon Cryer, Alicia Silverstone, and Vincent D’Onofrio, to name a few. Recent designs in the indie world include Nobody Walks, The Discoverers, Ass Backwards, and Around the Block. Kim has also designed multiple episodes of Law and Order: SVU, and collaborated on projects as varied as Pollock, Brown Sugar, Duplicity, Adventureland, and “How To Make It In America.” Trained on Broadway and at The Art Students League of New York, Kim holds an MFA in Costume Design from Brandeis University.
JOHN WALTER (Editor)
Filmmaker Magazine says “In the field of documentary, John Walter has emerged as the medium's most eloquent and entertaining cultural historian.”
In 2002, Walter directed and edited his documentary feature debut How to Draw a Bunny, a portrait of the artist Ray Johnson, which won the Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Documentary.
In 2008 he directed and edited Theater of War, described by the New York Times as an “inspired, inspiring essayistic documentary” about German poet and playwright Bertolt Brecht.
He has also edited a number of projects, including Amir Bar-Lev's My Kid Could Paint That, and Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story. He is currently directing and editing a feature length documentary on the opera “Einstein on the Beach.”
LANCE EDMANDS (Editor)
Lance Edmands was born and raised in a small town on the coast of Maine. He edited the feature documentaries Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell (Berlin 2008) and Brock Enright: Good Times Will Never Be the Same (SXSW 2009). His first narrative feature as editor, Tiny Furniture, won the Grand Jury Prize at SXSW 2010 and was released by IFC. Lance has also edited several national commercial campaigns, including spots for Delta, Sony, Citibank, MTV, and Sharp. Recently Lance completed editing M Blash's feature The Wait. Lance participated in the Sundance Writers and Directors labs with Bluebird, Lance’s debut feature as writer/director.
ABOUT THE CAST
JOHN KRASINSKI (Peter)
John Krasinski has established himself as one of the most exciting talents as an actor and director, engaging audiences in both the large and small screen.
Krasinski will next be seen in the Gus Van Sant directed film, Promised Land where he stars opposite Matt Damon. The drama centers around the life changing experiences a salesman goes through upon moving to a small town. The actor also joined Matt Damon as co-writer on the project. The film is currently in production and expected to release in 2013. Krasinski is also in the early stages of development on the HBO miniseries based on the 1987 book, Life at the Marmont by former co-owner Raymond R. Sarlot and Fred E. Baston. The miniseries, not titled yet, will tell of the interconnected stories of some of the Chateau Marmont’s most intriguing guests, as well as some of the haunting tales the hotel is most famous for today. Krasinski will join Oscar-winning writer, Aaron Sorkin, in the behind the scenes action of Hollywood’s most legendary and iconic hotel. Krasinski will also take on a role in the miniseries.
The actor was last seen in Ken Kwapis' Big Miracle,opposite Drew Barrymore, which was released by Universal Pictures, and perhaps is best known for his charming boy-next-door portrayal of 'Jim Halpert' on NBC's hit comedy The Office.
Krasinski's feature film credits include: Luke Greenfield’s, Something Borrowed opposite Ginnifer Goodwin and Kate Hudson; Nancy Meyers' It's Complicated, Sam Mendes’ Away We Go, George Clooney's Leatherheads, Monsters vs. Aliens, Shrek the Third, Ken Kwapis' License to Wed, Gregg Araki's Smiley Face, Christopher Guest's For Your Consideration, Nancy Meyers' The Holiday, Bill Condon's Dreamgirls; Kinsey; Sam Mendes' Jarhead starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Duane Hopwood, and the animated film Doogal in which Krasinski voiced three characters.
Also a gifted writer, Krasinski adapted the David Foster Wallace book Brief Interviews with Hideous Men and directed his adaptation in an independently financed feature. The film was released by IFC in 2009.
Krasinski graduated from Brown University as an honors playwright and later studied at the National Theater Institute. Born and raised in Newton, Mass., Krasinski currently resides in Los Angeles.
OLIVIA THIRLBY (Martine)
Olivia Thirlby was most recently seen in Being Flynn, opposite Robert De Niro, Julianne Moore and Paul Dano about a young man in his twenties, working at various homeless shelters in Boston, where he often intersects with his brilliant but troubled father. Directed by Paul Weitz, the film was released by Focus Features on March 2nd, 2012.
Later this fall, she will star in Nobody Walks opposite Rosemarie Dewitt and John Krasinski which circles around an artist (Thirlby) who disrupts the daily routine of a Los Angeles family. The film debuted at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and will be distributed by Magnolia. She also stars in Lionsgate's DREDD opposite Karl Urban and Lena Headey about a violent and futuristic city where the police have the authority to act as judge, jury and executioner. The film will be released on September 30, 2012.
In 2006, Thirlby gained national attention by appearing in Paul Greengrass' award-winning film United 93, a real-time account of the events of one of the September 11th hijacked planes that crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Thirlby made her feature film debut in The Secret, produced by Luc Besson and directed by Vincent Perez, in which she starred opposite David Duchovny and Lili Taylor. The film was distributed and released in France in 2007.
Thirlby's other film credits include Jason Reitman's Oscar nominated film Juno opposite Ellen Page, Jason Bateman and Jennifer Garner; Jonathan Levine's Sundance award winning film The Wackness opposite Sir Ben Kingsley and Josh Peck; David Gordon Green's Snow Angels opposite Sam Rockwell and Kate Beckinsale; No Strings Attached opposite Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher; What Goes Up with Molly Shannon, Amanda Peet, and Steve Coogan; The Answer Man, opposite Jeff Daniels, Kat Dennings, Lou Taylor Pucci and Lauren Graham; Kenneth Lonnergan's Margaret with Anna Paquin, Matthew Broderick, Mark Ruffalo, Allison Janney and Matt Damon; Uncertainty opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Lynn Collins; New York, I Love You opposite Anton Yelchin in the segment directed by Brett Ratner; Daryl Wein's Breaking Upwards; Brian Koppelman and David Levien's Solitary Man alongside Michael Douglas and Jesse Eisenberg; and the short film Eve written and directed by Natalie Portman.
Her television credits included a recurring role opposite Jason Schwartzman on the series “Bored to Death.”
Thirlby made her off-Broadway debut in the Atlantic Theater Company production of “Farragut North,” written by Beau Willimon and directed by Doug Hughes, starring alongside John Gallagher, Jr. and Chris Noth. She later reprised this role in the West Coast premiere of the production at the Geffen Playhouse.
Prior to that, Thirlby had extensive credits in classical Shakespeare, as she studied at both the American Globe Theatre and at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London.
ROSEMARIE DEWITT (Julie)
After a series of acclaimed turns in film, television and theatre, Rosemarie DeWitt’s grace, style and charm are at the heart of several highly-anticipated projects, where she collaborates with some of the industry’s most honored talent.
DeWitt will be seen next starring opposite Emily Blunt in Lynn Shelton’s Your Sister’s Sister which had its world premiere at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival.
Following Your Sister’s Sister, DeWitt will also soon be seen in Nobody Walks opposite John Krasinski and Olivia Thirlby, directed by Ry Russo Young as well as The Odd Life of Timothy Green alongside Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton, directed by Peter Hedges.
DeWitt was also recently seen in Kenneth Lonergan’s Margaret, the story of a young woman who witnesses a bus accident, and is caught up in the aftermath, alongside Anna Paquin, Matt Damon and Mark Ruffalo.
Most recently Dewitt was seen in John Wells’ The Company Men starring alongside Ben Affleck, Tommy Lee Jones, Kevin Costner and Chris Cooper. Rosemarie plays the wife of Ben Affleck. The story centers on a year in the life of three men trying to survive a round of corporate downsizing at a major company and how that affects them, their families, and their communities. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
DeWitt was also seen in her third season of the Showtime Network’s comedy series, “The United States of Tara.” Toni Collette stared as a wife and mother that struggles to strike a balance between her dissociative identity disorder and raising her dysfunctional family. DeWitt played Tara’s sister who, along with Tara’s husband (played by John Corbett) must cope with the varied identities that may range in age, temperament and even gender. The show is from Executive Producers Steven Spielberg and Diablo Cody, who also penned the script.
DeWitt starred as the title character in Rachel Getting Married from which she received best supporting actress awards from the Toronto, Vancouver and Washington D.C. Film Critics Associations. The drama follows Rachel as she prepares for her wedding day – and watches as her plans get thrown off course by her estranged sister’s re-emergence. The film, directed by Jonathan Demme and written by Jenny Lumet, co-stars Anne Hathaway, Debra Winger and Bill Irwin.
Dewitt teamed up with her Rachel Getting Married director Jonathan Demme again, but this time on the stage. She starred in Demme’s play Family Week alongside Sarah Jones at the Lucille Lortel Theater in New York.
Previous television credits include a recurring role in the critically acclaimed AMC original serried “Mad Men” and a starring role on the FOX crime drama “Standoff.”
Additional film credits include DeWitt’s role in Cinderella Man with Russell Crowe and Paul Giamatti, the film that depicted the life of her real-life grandfather, James J. Braddock and her role in The Great New Wonderful with Maggie Gyllenhaal, Olympia Dukakis and Tony Shalhoub.
For all her roles on television and film, DeWitt has maintained a connection to theatre, having starred as Masha in Chekov’s “Three Sisters” (Williamstown), the revival of John Patrick Shanley’s “Danny and the Deep Blue Sea” (2nd Stage), “Swimming in the Shallows” (2nd Stage), originated the role of Fanny in Craig Lucas’ “Small Tragedy” (Playwright’s Horizons, for which the cast won an Obie Award), “The Butter and Eggman” (Atlantic Theatre Co), “Dream Girl” (Zipper Theatre), “St. Scarlet” (Ontological Theatre), “Dead Reckoning” (Cherry Lane Theatre), and “Frame 312”(O’Neill Theatre Ctr).
DeWitt is a graduate of Hofstra University with a degree in Creative Studies, and she also studied at the Actors Center in New York.
INDIA ENNENGA (Kolt)
Despite her young age, India Ennenga has quickly distinguished herself as a tremendous actress, highly sought after in both film and television. This talented and precocious young teen is currently filming the 3rd season of David Simon’s hit HBO series “Treme” opposite Melissa Leo playing her daughter Sofia Bernette.
She’ll next be seen as one of the leads of Nobody Walks that’ll be in dramatic competition and making its World Premiere at Sundance in January 2012. It’s an indie drama directed by Ry Russo-Young (You Won’t Miss Me) from a script she co-wrote with Lena Dunham (Tiny Furniture) that also stars Olivia Thirlby, Rosemarie DeWitt and John Krasinski. Told over the course of one week, the story follows a Los Angeles family who invites a young, charismatic artist into their home, only to find her disrupting their lives. India plays Kolt, the extremely smart and sardonic daughter of the family.
In 2010, she starred opposite Timothy Hutton and Dana Delaney in Brooks Branch’s independent feature Multiple Sarcasms. Mira Sorvino, Stockard Channing and Mario Van Peebles also starred.
Prior to this, she was seen in another leading role opposite Jason Behr in Stephen Clark’s independent feature The Last International Playboy, which made its World Premiere at Slamdance 2008 and also starred Lucy Gordon, Monet Mazur and Krysten Ritter.
In 2008, she portrayed Molly Haines, Meg Ryan's daughter in the Diane English directed feature The Women, appearing with Annette Bening, Eva Mendes, Candice Bergen, Cloris Leachman, Jada Pinkett Smith and Debra Messing.
India resides in New York City, where she is currently a senior at Saint Ann’s School.
McDermott recently completed the first season of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk's FX drama "American Horror Story" opposite Connie Britton and Jessica Lange.
Currently, McDermott is filming Jay Roach's comedy Dog Fight, opposite Will Ferrell, Zach Galifianakis, and Jason Sudeikis. The film will be released by Warner Brothers.
McDermott recently completed production on the indie coming-of-age drama, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, alongside Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Paul Rudd, Ezra Miller and Mae Whitman. The film revolves around a shy 15-year old boy Charlie (played by Lerman) whose life dramatically changes as he learns about secrets buried deep in his past during his freshman year of high school. McDermott will play his father. Produced by John Malkovich and his team at Mr. Mudd, the film will be released by Summit Entertainment in 2012. Following this, McDermott completed lensing on Lena Dunham and Ry Russo Young's Nobody Walks, which follows a Los Angeles family that takes in a stranger who winds up disrupting their lives. The film also stars John Krasinski, Olivia Thirlby and Jane Levy.
In 2008, McDermott starred in Nicky Silver's "Three Changes" at Playwrights Horizons. Starring opposite Maura Tierney, the play follows an uncomfortably married Upper West Side couple. Additionally, in September 2006, McDermott was on stage in Eve Ensler's new play "The Treatment." Ensler's play explored the relationship between a traumatized former military interrogator (McDermott) and his psychologist Colonel who is assigned to give him routine treatment. The play opened the Impact Festival 2006, a New York City-wide arts festival as part of the Culture Project. McDermott was nominated for a Drama League Award for his performance.
Additional film credits include The Pang Brother's The Messengers, Wonderland, Home for the Holidays, Steel Magnolias, Hamburger Hill, Miracle on 34th Street, In The Line of Fire and Burning Palms.
McDermott's television credits include the Jerry Bruckheimer produced TNT drama "Dark Blue;" ABC's "Big Shots;" TNT's dramatic limited series "The Grid" opposite Julianna Margulies; and David E. Kelley's Emmy Award-winning series "The Practice," earning him a Golden Globe in 1999 and nominations in 2000 and 2001 as well as an Emmy nomination in 1999.
Other theatre credits include Neil Simon's production of "Biloxi Blues" on Broadway and "Golden Boy" directed by Joanne Woodward at the Williamstown Theater Festival.
JUSTIN KIRK (Billy)
A striking and compelling presence on screen, Justin Kirk earned high praise for his roles on television, in film and on stage.
Kirk stars on the Showtime's acclaimed television series, "Weeds", and has earned a Golden Globe® nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television'. Kirk stars as 'Andy Botwin,' the aimless brother-in-law to 'Nancy Botwin' (Mary-Louise Parker), who is obsessed with get-rich-quick schemes until he finds out about Nancy's lucrative pot business, and invites himself to become her partner. Showtime has just renewed the series, which will begin filming their eighth season in spring, 2012.
Kirk also earned high praise for his role as Prior Walter in Mike Nichols's award-winning mini-series, "Angels In America", starring alongside Al Pacino, Meryl Streep and his Weeds co-star, Mary-Louise Parker. Kirk was nominated for both an Emmy® and SAG® Award for his performance in the mini-series.
Currently, Kirk is in Europe filming Mr. Morgan’s Last Love, in which he stars opposite Michael Caine and Clemence Poesy. He recently completed Amy Heckerling’s upcoming film, Vamps and in the indie films, BFF and Baby opposite Krysten Ritter, Kate Bosworth and Jason Biggs, Rachel Bilson; Goats, opposite David Duchovny and Vera Farmiga; and Nobody Walks opposite John Krasinski and Olivia Thirlby, which was written by Lena Dunham and will be directed by Ry Russo-Young.
Other film credits include Tamara Junie's See You in September, Peter Callahan's Against the Current, Wyatt McDill's Four Boxes, Maria Maggenti's Puccini for Beginners, Jeff Lipsky's Flannel Pajamas, Robert Towne's Ask the Dust, Henry Jaglom's Hollywood Dreams, Chapter Zero, and the independent thrillers The Eden Myth and Outpatient. He also worked on Harry Shearer's Teddy Bears Picnic.
Appearing in notable guest spots on "Modern Family", "Without a Trace," "Everwood," "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit" and "Jack and Bobby," Kirk was also a series regular on the WB series Jack and Jill.
Also a highly accomplished stage actor, Kirk won the Obie Award for Distinguished Performance in the Ensemble for his portrayal of the blind character 'Bobby' in "Love! Valour! Compassion!" and went on to star in the feature film adaptation. In 2001, he co-starred with Julianna Margulies and Donald Sutherland in Jon Robin Baitz's "Ten Unknowns" at Lincoln Center. The role won him a Lucille Lortel Award, as well as Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations. Kirk was last seen in The Roundabout Theater Company's "The Understudy" opposite Mark Paul Gosselaar and Tony Award-winner, Julie White, at Laura Pels Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre in New York.
Additional stage work includes "The World Over" at Playwrights Horizons, Old Wicked Songs at New York's Promenade Theatre and Los Angeles' Geffen Playhouse in which he starred as a piano prodigy, winning a Backstage West Garland Award for Outstanding Performance. He also appeared in Any Given Day at the Longacre Theatre and June Moon with the Drama Department, a theater company of which he is a founding member.
Born in Salem, Oregon, Kirk spent his childhood in Union, Washington where he attended grade school on an Indian reservation. Kirk knew from three years old that he wanted to perform, and made his acting debut at seven in a college play. At twelve, he moved with his mother to Minneapolis, Minnesota and attended the Children's Theater School throughout high school. After graduation, he moved to New York and enrolled at Circle in the Square, where he completed a two-year conservation acting program. Afterwards, he soon landed his first role on Broadway and has been working steadily ever since.
Kirk currently resides in Los Angeles.
RHYS WAKEFIELD (David)
Rhys Wakefield made his mark on TV and film starring in the Australian soap opera “Home and Away” and the Australian/British AFI award-winning drama based feature film The Black Balloon. With his most recent role in the 3-D cave-dive action drama entitled Sanctum, this young actor is quickly garnering the attention of Hollywood. On behalf of his role in The Black Balloon, Roger Ebert states “Rhys Wakefield, in his first feature role, is a good casting decision, suggesting inner turmoil without overacting.”
Rhys received much acclaim on the big screen as the lead role in the movie The Black Balloon. He plays Tommy Mollison, the younger brother of highly autistic Charlie. Thomas (Wakefield) and his family move to a new home and all he wants to do is fit in. When his pregnant mother (Toni Collette) has to take it easy, he is put in charge of his older brother Charlie (Luke Ford). Charlie’s unusual antics take Thomas on an emotional journey that causes his pent-up frustrations about his brother to pour out. The film’s world premiere was at the Berlin International Film Festival where the film received a Crystal Bear as the best feature-length film in the “Generation 14 plus” category. The film continued to receive numerous awards and nominations in Australia and at Film Festivals around the world.
Rhys recently wrapped production on Nobody Walks. He stars alongside John Krasinski, Olivia Thirlby and Rosemaire DeWitt in the film about a family who invites a young charismatic artist to live in their home, only to find that she disrupts their lives. Nobody Walks will premiere at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.
Rhys can soon be seen in The Philosophers. He stars in the film opposite Bonnie Wright and James D’Arcy. The film centers around a philosophy teacher, at an international school in Jakarta, who challenges his class of twenty graduating seniors to choose which ten of them would take shelter underground and reboot the human race in the event of a nuclear apocalypse.
Rhys’ was last seen on the big screen in the 3-D film Sanctum as ‘Josh McGuire’. The Relativity and Universal project garnered a lot of buzz due to its use of James Cameron’s 3-D technology. The action-thriller follows a team of underwater cave divers on a treacherous expedition to the largest, most beautiful and least accessible cave system on Earth. When a tropical storm forces them deep into the caverns, they must fight raging waters as they frantically search for an unknown escape route to the sea.
Rhys first gained the public’s interest playing the role of ‘Lucas Holden’ in the Australian soap opera “Home and Away”. His character was the youngest child of the Holden family until his father, Tony, and stepmother, Rachel have his baby brother, Harry. His portrayal of Lucas had brought him much public attention and had even led to a Logie Nomination for Best New Talent in 2006.
EMMANUEL SECCI (Marcello)
Actor and award winning director Emanuele Secci was born in Sardinia, Italy, and has an eclectic professional education. His career started as a concert pianist; after graduating at the Conservatory of Music in Cagliari, his hometown, he continued the piano training with Gyorgy Sandor from the "Julliard School" and later attended the Vienna Music Academy in Austria. After winning several national piano competitions in Italy, Emanuele veered his career towards acting.
In 1994 he graduated in Theatre, TV & Film from the “American Musical and Dramatic Academy", in New York City. In New York, both as an actor and as a director, Emanuele Secci appeared in several off and off-off Broadway theatres such as La MaMa Theatre, The Mint Theatre, The Ansonia Theatre, The Inner Space Theatre, The Theatre-Studio and more. He appeared on TV serials such as “Loving” on ABC and “Undercovers” on NBC and several films like A Flower and a Woman by Japanese director Kuzuhiro Soda, David’s Searching by Leslie Smith, Oh no, not her, directed by Joe Bologna and Renee Taylor and a supporting role with Tom Hanks on Ron Howard’s Angels and Demons and another supporting role in the upcoming film Nobody Walks with John Krasinski.
Emanuele is now being seen in Italy in the Commercial Spot FASTWEB, next to George Clooney. In New York City, Emanuele Secci directed numerous off-off Broadway shows: “It´s a Mental process”, “Welcome to America”, only to mention a few. In Italy, Calvin Klein used his voice for the CK One perfume TV and Radio commercial, and interpreted the Inspector De Riu in the TV film “La Uno Bianca” with Kim Rossi Stuart. Winner with the film "Point of view" of the 1st prize at the "Corto anch'io" International Film Festival in CINECITTA' STUDIOS, in Rome, February 2003. In March 2000 he was awarded the 2nd prize at the “Cagliari in Cortometraggio “Film Festival with the film Rhymes of Wax; Emanuele Secci’s filmography includes Specific Types, filmed in Prague and presented at the “52nd International Film Festival of Salerno” in the year 2000, Analisi Terminale, filmed in Alessandria, Italy, Nothing Personal, a series of television pilots filmed in New York City. Point of View was also presented as “Special Guest” (not in competition) at the final evening of the “Guerilla Film & Video Festival” in August 2001 in New York City and in May 2003 the film Scitoforola, a surreal comedy filmed in Sardinia, Italy, received a "Special Recognition Award" at the "Los Angeles Italian Awards Film Festival". His most recent Evol was officially selected at the prestigious Sofia International Film Festival, in 2008. Emanuele directed and produced the first documentary on the history of Lamborghini Automobili ever made. He performed at the piano for President Bill Clinton and collaborated with legend Placido Domingo, after being aske d by Maestro Domingo himself. Emanuele Secci speaks several languages including fluent Italian, Spanish, German and French.
Super Crispy Entertainment
A Jonathan Schwartz/
Andrea Sperling Production
Kerry Barden and Paul Schnee
Fall On Your Sword
Director of Photography
Alicia Van Couvering
Lena Dunham & Ry Russo-Young
C A S T Peter JOHN KRASINSKI
Martine OLIVIA THIRLBY
Julie ROSEMARIE DeWITT
Kolt INDIA ENNENGA
Leroy DYLAN McDERMOTT
Billy JUSTIN KIRK
David RHYS WAKEFIELD
Marcello EMANUELE SECCI
Avi SAM LERNER
Dusty MASON WELCH
Man DAVID CALL
Caroline JANE LEVY
Actor ANTHONY SALUDARES
Actress SAMANTHA RESSLER
Teacher STACY BARNHISEL
THIS FILM WAS SUPPORTED BY THE SUNDANCE INSTITUTE FEATURE FILM PROGRAM, WITH ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FROM THE SUNDANCE INSTITUTE INDIAN PAINTBRUSH FEATURE FILM FELLOWSHIP, AND AN AWARD FROM THE AUDREY & ZYGI WILFFOUNDATION THROUGH THE SUNDANCE INSTITUTE FEATURE FILM PROGRAM
THIS FILM WAS SUPPORTED BY THE SUNDANCE INSTITUTE FEATURE FILM CREATIVE
PRODUCING FELLOWSHIP AND THE STEVE BING FELLOWSHIP
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