‘Blue Jay’ & Directing Mark Duplass with Alex Lehmann
On today’s episode, I have the pleasure of interviewing first-time feature film director Alex Lehmann. And his first film is a hell of way to launch a directing career. His new film is called Blue Jay starring Mark Duplass (who also wrote and produced) and Sarah Paulson (recent Emmy Winner for The People vs OJ Simpson).
Blue Jay just had it’s world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival to rave reviews:
“If the hour and a half spent inside this story seems fleeting, it’s only because sometimes that’s the best you can ask of a good nostalgia trip.” – IndieWire
“Mark Duplass and Sarah Paulson have extraordinary chemistry, painting a cumulative portrait of the fragility and rareness of being truly in sync with a partner.” – Slate Magazine
Meeting by chance when they return to their tiny California hometown, two former high-school sweethearts (Mark Duplass and Sarah Paulson) reflect on their shared past through the lens of their differently dissatisfied presents, in this tender, wise and affecting chamber drama from first-time feature director Alex Lehmann.
BTW, Alex Lehmann used DaVinci Resolve to create the black and white LUT for Blue Jay. Check out my conversation with Alex Lehmann and if you listen to until the end he promises to give out Mark Duplass’ personal cell number. Apparently this is how Mark likes to be pitched. Enjoy!
LINKS AND RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE
- Alex Lehmann – Twitter
- Blue Jay – IMDB
- Asperger’s Are Us
- Mark Duplass: SXSW Keynote Speech
- This is Meg – Feature Film
- DaVinci Resolve
- VideoBlocks.com – (IFH Discount SAVE $50)
- Werner Herzog Filmmaking Master Class
- Aaron Sorkin Screenwriting Master Class
- Kevin Spacey Acting Master Class
- FreeFilmBook.com (Download Your FREE Filmmaking Audio Book)
- INDIE FILM SYNDICATE Filmmaking Community
- IFH’s Online Film School
- Six Secrets to get into Film Festivals for FREE!
Conversations with Sarah Paulson, Mark Duplass, & Alex Lehmann of BLUE JAY
Former high school sweethearts Jim (Mark Duplass) and Amanda (Sarah Paulson) have been out of touch for more than 20 years — but by sheer coincidence, they run into each other at a grocery store back in their alpine hometown of Crestline, California. Jim’s mother has died and he’s here to put her house on the market. Amanda is visiting her pregnant sister.
They get to talking, first over coffee, then over beer and jelly beans. Before they know it they’re at Jim’s mother’s house, where everything sends them spiraling back into the past. Jim and Amanda’s lives have taken different directions, yet here they are, reconnecting like nothing has changed.
Alex Lehmann’s feature debut is a tender, wise chamber drama about finding yourself adrift in mid-life, longing for something essential that you fear has been lost.
A Peek Inside The Newly Acquired Netflix Documentary, “Asperger’s Are Us.”
First time director Alex Lehmann and Mark Duplass share what it was like shooting a documentary about a comedy troupe composed entirely of performers who are on the spectrum. Premiering at SXSW and soon to stream on Netflix, this documentary is a must see.”What to Watch” is AOL’s daily guide to all things entertainment.
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