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Very few first-time filmmakers get to see their work in front of more than a few friends or family members, let alone the elite crowds that grace the Sundance and Slamdance Film Festivals, but that’s exactly what Marja Lewis Ryan, writer, co-producer and co-star of The Four-Faced Liar has just experienced.
Just after the mania of Sundance 2010, the newcomer to the silver screen (and self-proclaimed “theater kid”) talked to us about the film and the festival experience from the other side of the aisle.
AfterEllen.com: So how was the experience, going to Sundance and Slamdance?
Marja Lewis Ryan: It was unbelievable. We were talking about it — I don’t know what we were expecting necessarily, but anything that we thought was going to happen — happened ten times over [laughs]. We had this publicist, Jim Dobson — he did the publicity for Buried with Ryan Reynolds. So basically, everywhere that Ryan was asked to go, »
Steeped in the hipster glow of Slamdance recognition (the ultimate in truly indie street cred), The Four-Faced Liar is a romantic comedy/drama for the gen Y crowd. Writer Marja Lewis Ryan adapted her own play for the screen, co-produced, and stars in the film, which features a lesbian romance at the center of its examination of 20-something relationships.
We begin with introductions all around. Trip (Todd Kubrak) is a cool, New Jersey-bred literature major that lives in a fabulously grungy New York City apartment with Bridget (Marja Lewis Ryan), an equally cool, womanizing lesbian with a real thing for Emily Bronte. In fact, we meet our heroine as she sits on a toilet, smoking a cigarette, a copy of Wuthering Heights in hand.
2 items from 2010
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