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15 items from 2017


Exclusive interview: Room 104 director Megan Griffiths talks The Fight and The Missionaries

6 October 2017 9:53 AM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Tonight on Room 104, The Fight is a fierce and frantic episode which sees two women war with each other as the male-dominated Mma fight system keeps them marginalized financially. In short, and without too many spoilers, they cook up a scheme. The technically accurate and stunning choreography of The Fight proves how few limitations space presents to film when in the right hands, thanks to the eye and skill of Seattle-based director Megan Griffiths (The Night Stalker).  This incredible episode is one of the best so far and the second effort for the series directed by Griffiths, who previously...read more »

- April Neale

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The Best TV Directors of All Time – IndieWire Critics Survey

26 September 2017 8:59 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: Who is the best TV director? Why? (For old, current or upcoming shows.)

Marisa Roffman (@marisaroffman), TV Guide Magazine

The recent Emmy Awards was a good reminder of just how great television directors are right now. It was the best overall crop we’ve had in years, and one of the few categories where it felt like it could have gone any way.

But in terms of best television director, I’m partial to David Nutter. His 30-plus year resume is impressive (“The Sopranos,” “ER,” “The X-Files,” plus an Emmy win for “Game of Thrones”) and wildly varied (he’s done procedurals like “Without a Trace, »

- Hanh Nguyen

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The Best TV Directors of All Time – IndieWire Critics Survey

26 September 2017 8:59 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: Who is the best TV director? Why? (For old, current or upcoming shows.)

Marisa Roffman (@marisaroffman), TV Guide Magazine

The recent Emmy Awards was a good reminder of just how great television directors are right now. It was the best overall crop we’ve had in years, and one of the few categories where it felt like it could have gone any way.

But in terms of best television director, I’m partial to David Nutter. His 30-plus year resume is impressive (“The Sopranos,” “ER,” “The X-Files,” plus an Emmy win for “Game of Thrones”) and wildly varied (he’s done procedurals like “Without a Trace, »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Room 104’: Straight Guy Mark Duplass Wrote The Year’s Sweetest Gay Love Story

15 September 2017 9:32 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

In last week’s episode of “Room 104,” the inventive TV experiment from the Duplass brothers, two baby-faced Mormon missionaries ask “Heavenly Father” for a sign when their faith begins to flag. Feeling discouraged by their failure to persuade a single convert, Noah (Adam Foster) has recently tried coffee, and Joseph (Nat Wolff) zealously guides him back to the light. When they ask for a sign and the TV magically turns on so-called “pornography,” Joseph flip-flops and proposes breaking all the rules as a way to strengthen their faith. When Joseph returns with a six-pack of beer, they throw the tamest all nighter any hotel has ever seen, which to them is incredibly wild and thrilling. Through passing glances and hidden hard-ons, it soon becomes clear they’d like to switch teams in more ways than one.

What unfolds is a funny and sensitive exploration of repressed sexuality, their earnest »

- Jude Dry

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‘Room 104’: Straight Guy Mark Duplass Wrote The Year’s Sweetest Gay Love Story

15 September 2017 9:32 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In last week’s episode of “Room 104,” the inventive TV experiment from the Duplass brothers, two baby-faced Mormon missionaries ask “Heavenly Father” for a sign when their faith begins to flag. Feeling discouraged by their failure to persuade a single convert, Noah (Adam Foster) has recently tried coffee, and Joseph (Nat Wolff) zealously guides him back to the light. When they ask for a sign and the TV magically turns on so-called “pornography,” Joseph flip-flops and proposes breaking all the rules as a way to strengthen their faith. When Joseph returns with a six-pack of beer, they throw the tamest all nighter any hotel has ever seen, which to them is incredibly wild and thrilling. Through passing glances and hidden hard-ons, it soon becomes clear they’d like to switch teams in more ways than one.

What unfolds is a funny and sensitive exploration of repressed sexuality, their earnest »

- Jude Dry

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Room 104 exclusive: Adam Foster on his breakout role in The Missionaries episode

8 September 2017 7:25 AM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

On tonight’s episode of HBO’s Room 104, the Duplass brothers’ critically acclaimed series on HBO, we meet The Missionaries inside the motel room where anything can and does happen. Actor Nat Wolff is cast as Joseph and newcomer Adam Foster is cast as Noah, two Mormon missionaries who go through a startling journey of self-discovery, faith-testing and a sexual awakening. The incredibly taut and compelling episode was directed by Megan Griffiths, who also directs a future episode titled The Fight. In the confined Room 104, two young men have — at different moments — a ballooning crisis of faith as...read more »

- April Neale

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The First Season of HBO’s “Room 104” is Over 50 Percent Women-Directed

28 July 2017 1:01 PM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Room 104”: HBO

Year after year we’re disappointed by “Game of Thrones,” an addictive and entertaining series that clearly prides itself on its depictions of powerful female characters yet doesn’t hire women to helm episodes. Happily a new show on HBO boasts a much more female-friendly directing roster. The first season of “Room 104” premieres on the premium cable network today, and women directed or co-directed eight of its 12 episodes, amounting to about 67 percent of the season. Helmers include So Yong Kim (“Transparent”), Megan Griffiths (“The Night Stalker”), and Anna Boden (“The Affair”) — the latter having co-directed with frequent collaborator Ryan Fleck. (The pair have signed on to direct Brie Larson-starrer “Captain Marvel.”)

Created by Mark and Jay Duplass, the anthology series is set in room 104 of a low-budget U.S. hotel and follows all of the drama that occurs therein. As great as it is to see so many women directors employed in a season of television, it’s especially noteworthy — and heartening — because “Room 104” is created by men.

Series that have made headlines for employing high numbers of women directors like “Call the Midwife,” “Transparent,” “Queen Sugar,” “Jessica Jones,” “Harlots,” and “Gypsy” all have something in common: they were created by women. “Regardless of platform, programs with at least one women creator and/or executive producer featured higher percentages of women in other key behind-the-scenes roles,” Dr. Martha Lauzen concluded in her study of the 2015–16 TV season. That same report found that women directors accounted for just eight percent of directors on cable and streaming shows.

So kudos to the Duplass brothers, who presumably made a conscious effort to ensure that “Room 104” wasn’t directed solely — or mostly — by men. And maybe they didn’t intentionally seek out women and just chose the best people for the job — that’s cool too. It shows that they don’t have narrow-minded views about what a director looks like.

See below for a list of “Room 104's” women directors.

Sarah Adina Smith (two episodes)

So Yong Kim

Dayna Hanson

Megan Griffiths (two episodes)

Marta Cunningham

Anna Boden (with Ryan Fleck)

The First Season of HBO’s “Room 104” is Over 50 Percent Women-Directed was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Laura Berger

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The Duplass Brothers are Back on TV! 7 Reasons to Get Excited About ‘Room 104’

28 July 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

[Editor’s Note: This article is presented in partnership with HBO in support of Room 104, which premieres onJuly 28 at 11:30 p.m. Et.]

Room 104” isn’t like anything else you’ll see on television this year. The new half-hour, genre-bending HBO series features a number of unique facets, but they all relate back, in one way or another, to the creative minds of Mark and Jay Duplass.

The writers, producers, directors, and actors known for breakout independent films like “The Puffy Chair” and “Cyrus” as well as award-winning television like “Togetherness” and “Transparent” have come together to create the latest exciting original series on the Home Box Office network.

Set in a single room in your typical American motel chain, each week tells a different story and all 12 episodes of Season 1 were produced by the Duplass Brothers. The tone, characters, and era can all change week-to-week, and viewers should be ready for drama, comedy, horror, and at the start of each new entry. What unites each story is the common search for »

- Ben Travers

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The Duplass Brothers are Back on TV! 7 Reasons to Get Excited About ‘Room 104’

28 July 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

[Editor’s Note: This article is presented in partnership with HBO in support of Room 104, which premieres onJuly 28 at 11:30 p.m. Et.]

Room 104” isn’t like anything else you’ll see on television this year. The new half-hour, genre-bending HBO series features a number of unique facets, but they all relate back, in one way or another, to the creative minds of Mark and Jay Duplass.

The writers, producers, directors, and actors known for breakout independent films like “The Puffy Chair” and “Cyrus” as well as award-winning television like “Togetherness” and “Transparent” have come together to create the latest exciting original series on the Home Box Office network.

Set in a single room in your typical American motel chain, each week tells a different story and all 12 episodes of Season 1 were produced by the Duplass Brothers. The tone, characters, and era can all change week-to-week, and viewers should be ready for drama, comedy, horror, and at the start of each new entry. What unites each story is the common search for »

- Ben Travers

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Poster, trailer and episode synopses for the Duplass Brothers’ anthology series Room 104

1 July 2017 2:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With less than a month to go until its season premiere, HBO has released a poster and trailer for the upcoming Duplass Brothers-produced anthology series Room 104, along with titles and synopses for all 12 episodes; take a look below…

Episode #1: “Ralphie”

Debut: Friday, July 28 (11:30 p.m.-midnight Et/Pt)

Things go horribly awry when a babysitter (Melonie Diaz) arrives at Room 104 to watch an unusual boy named Ralph (Ethan Kent). Ross Partridge also stars.

Written by Mark Duplass; directed by Sarah Adina Smith.

Episode #2: “Pizza Boy”

Debut: Friday, Aug. 4 (11:30 p.m.-midnight)

A pizza delivery boy gets caught up in a couple’s twisted games. James Van Der Beek and Davie-Blue star.

Written by Mark Duplass; directed by Patrick Brice.

Episode #3: “The Knockadoo”

Debut: Friday, Aug. 11 (11:30 p.m.-midnight)

A woman (Sameerah Luqmaan-Harris) seeking salvation is visited by a cult priest (Orlando Jones »

- Amie Cranswick

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‘Room 104’ Premiere: Mark Duplass Stuns Atx with Genre-Bending HBO Anthology Series

11 June 2017 9:57 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Jay and Mark Duplass are creators who don’t like to be put in a box, even if they’re making six hours of television set within the same four walls.

Room 104,” the new HBO anthology series from the Duplass brothers, tells individual, episodic stories in each of its 12 half-hour installments, and all 12 are set within the same cheap, dingy hotel room. The first episode, which premiered at the Atx TV Festival Saturday evening, is a lot closer to Mark Duplass’ work in indie films “Creep” and “The One I Love” than the brothers’ former HBO comedy.

During a panel discussion following the episode, Duplass said he felt inspired by the constraints of the premise.

“I have something like 218 ideas in a Word document on my computer,” Duplass said.

Noting how it felt like he was back making low-budget indie films, Duplass said he wrote seven of the 12 episodes »

- Ben Travers

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‘Room 104’ Premiere: Mark Duplass Stuns Atx with Genre-Bending HBO Anthology Series

11 June 2017 9:57 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Jay and Mark Duplass are creators who don’t like to be put in a box, even if they’re making six hours of television set within the same four walls.

Room 104,” the new HBO anthology series from the Duplass brothers, tells individual, episodic stories in each of its 12 half-hour installments, and all 12 are set within the same cheap, dingy hotel room. The first episode, which premiered at the Atx TV Festival Saturday evening, is a lot closer to Mark Duplass’ work in indie films “Creep” and “The One I Love” than the brothers’ former HBO comedy.

During a panel discussion following the episode, Duplass said he felt inspired by the constraints of the premise.

“I have something like 218 ideas in a Word document on my computer,” Duplass said.

Noting how it felt like he was back making low-budget indie films, Duplass said he wrote seven of the 12 episodes »

- Ben Travers

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There’s Only One Melanie Lynskey, But These 5 Stories Will Make You Wish There Were More

12 March 2017 10:22 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

“I thought I was going to get fired.”

In a perfect world, such a thought would never cross Melanie Lynskey’s mind, for the talented actress would literally never be in danger of getting canned. She could throw fits next to crafty, punch a grip in the face, or burn down the sets, and we’d still forgive her because… Well, because Melanie Lynskey would never do any of that. She’s Melanie Lynskey.

But the actor you fell in love with during “Beautiful Creatures,” “Togetherness,” or the 2017 Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning film “I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore” did have the thought cross her mind for the strangest of reasons: Tom McCarthy found out she was a recurring cast member on “Two and a Half Men.”

Read More: The 2017 IndieWire SXSW Bible: Every Review, Interview and News Item Posted During the Festival

Lynskey, speaking during a SAG-sponsored conversation at SXSW, »

- Ben Travers

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There’s Only One Melanie Lynskey, But These 5 Stories Will Make You Wish There Were More

12 March 2017 10:22 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

“I thought I was going to get fired.”

In a perfect world, such a thought would never cross Melanie Lynskey’s mind, for the talented actress would literally never be in danger of getting canned. She could throw fits next to crafty, punch a grip in the face, or burn down the sets, and we’d still forgive her because… Well, because Melanie Lynskey would never do any of that. She’s Melanie Lynskey.

But the actor you fell in love with during “Beautiful Creatures,” “Togetherness,” or the 2017 Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning film “I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore” did have the thought cross her mind for the strangest of reasons: Tom McCarthy found out she was a recurring cast member on “Two and a Half Men.”

Read More: The 2017 IndieWire SXSW Bible: Every Review, Interview and News Item Posted During the Festival

Lynskey, speaking during a SAG-sponsored conversation at SXSW, »

- Ben Travers

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Melanie Lynskey, Danielle Brooks, Tony Hale to Star in Family Drama ‘Sadie’ (Exclusive)

15 February 2017 12:08 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Melanie Lynskey, Danielle Brooks, Tony Hale, John Gallagher, Jr., and newcomer Sophia Mitri Schloss are starring in the independent family drama “Sadie,” which has wrapped production in Seattle.

Megan Griffiths directed “Sadie” from her own script. Producer Lacey Leavitt (“The Off Hours”) developed the movie at the Sundance Creative Producing Lab, as well as the Ifp No Borders Conference and Rotterdam Co-Production Lab. Jennessa West (“Lane 1974”) joined the project as a producer in 2016. Eliza Flug-Shelden exec produced.

Schloss stars as a 13-year-old girl who lives at home with her mother while her father serves repeated tours in the military. She’s extremely attached to her father despite his prolonged absence, and when her mother begins dating a new man, she takes extreme measures to end the relationship and safeguard her family through war tactics.

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Griffiths’ directing credits include “The Off Hours, »

- Dave McNary

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