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"The cavalry isn't coming." With those words, actor-director-producer Mark Duplass launched into a rousing keynote at the SXSW Film Festival on Sunday. Currently writing a second season of HBO's "Togetherness" with his brother Jay, Mark continues to act in a wide variety of projects, while he and his brother produce several movies a year and recently signed a four-picture deal with Netflix. A decade ago, their feature-length debut "The Puffy Chair" became a sleeper hit on the festival circuit, which led the pair to Los Angeles, direct two studio projects ("Cyrus" and "Jeff, Who Lives at Home") and continue building momentum. These days, both brothers also act on television (Mark on "The League" and Jay on "Transparent"). The Duplass brothers' brand has never been stronger — but it hasn't always been that way. Read More: This Is How You Do It: 10 Filmmaking Tips from Mark and Jay Duplass Despite all their. »
- Eric Kohn
At a keynote speech on Sunday morning at SXSW, Mark Duplass told young filmmakers not to worry about theatrical distribution.
“God bless VOD,” Duplass said. “This is a great thing for independent film. Please don’t reject VOD. Please don’t be afraid of it. Please don’t be attached to your early films playing at theaters. You will have no more money to make movies.”
Duplass’ talk, which was told in the second person, was instructional about how to break into the business. Duplass not only touched on acting, directing and producing — he first came to SXSW with 2005’s “The Puffy Chair,” which he made with his brother Jay — but also the expanding role of television.
“We’re going to talk about the bad news and the good news of independent film,” Duplass said. “It’s mostly bad news. Where are the cool $5 million movies that used to break »
- Ramin Setoodeh
This afternoon, indie mainstay Mark Duplass took to Twitter to announce the availability of the film that started it all for his career. "The Puffy Chair," written and directed by Duplass and his brother and frequent partner Jay, follows Josh (Mark) as he takes a cross-country road-trip to visit his father, along with his girlfriend (Kathryn Aselton), brother (Rhett Wilkins) and a giant, purple chair tagging along for the ride. The film premiered at Sundance in 2005, and if you have a spare 81 minutes, can watch it in full right here. Read More: Actor/Writer/Director/Cool Dad Mark Duplass Talks to T Magazine About His Influences and Interests »
- David Ballard
For the mumblecore pioneers, fatherhood was a shock to the system. Now they’ve mined their late-30s anxiety to critically-acclaimed effect
Budding indie directors, beware: the life of the auteur isn’t all soundtrack shopping and Zooey Deschanel brunch dates. You’re still going to have to deal with the same nonsense adulthood throws at the rest of us. A case in point: the Duplass brothers, the directorial duo known for lo-fi efforts such as The Puffy Chair and Cyrus, who, in their late 30s and with wives and kids, suddenly realised that grown-up life can be a bit of a slog.
“We found ourselves getting our asses kicked,” explains Jay, the eldest of the pair. “We were at a point in our lives where we were trying to be good people, good spouses, good friends, and also trying to do our careers. And even though everyone else was saying, »
- Gwilym Mumford
Netflix came to this year’s Sundance Film Festival as the digital spoiler, ready to spend more than traditional studios to lure the top indie movies away from theatrical distribution – but so far they haven’t spoiled a thing, as the big acquisitions in a healthy market have mainly gone to the usual distribution suspects.
Multiple dealmakers have told TheWrap that Netflix came to Sundance with a specific strategy to outbid the other studios for movies in an attempt to build a track record as a buyer of major festival titles. A longtime supporter of independent film, Netflix has been »
- Jeff Sneider and Sharon Waxman
If you have more than a passing interesting in independent film, you've undoubtedly heard of filmmakers Jay and Mark Duplass. The two have been responsible for indies such as The Puffy Chair, Baghead, Cyrus and Jeff Who Lives at Home, and now they're bringing their film talents to Netflix as THR reports the duo have just struck a four-movie deal with the streaming media provider. They will be small-budget films that will be exclusively release on Netflix, and there's no timetable for them to start releasing them as the Duplass brothers are also busy on the TV side with their outstanding new HBO series "Togetherness." While Jay Duplass has remained mostly behind the scenes of filmmaking, Mark Duplass has become quite the popular character actor. In the indie world, he stars in fantastic films like The One I Love (on our list of the 19 Best Movies You Didn't See from 2014) and Safety Not Guaranteed, »
- Ethan Anderton
The first real question I have for you guys is, and I know it sounds simple, but why did you decide to do TV now? What made you make the leap from film? Mark: It really wasn’t a conscious decision, per say, to move from film to television. It sort of started with the genesis of this story. We wanted to make a more deeply personal project. Just as “The Puffy Chair” was very personal to us in our 20s, “Togetherness” is the same way for us in our 30s. Once we started hatching the story it just got big, and it felt like something that could keep going and something that we didn’t want to define to the 90-minute form. We had this long-standing friendship with HBO, and we were thinking about doing a show with them, but we were nervous that it might suck up our whole lives. »
- Ben Travers
The importance of Sundance’s film marketplace and what’s considered “Sundance bait” depends on whether you’re asking a seller, distributor, director, producer, talent agent or the heads of the fest itself.
If this year’s market is a bit less frenzied, one reason (apart from 2014 pickups’ modest box office) might be that some of the best bait is being taken away before the fest. “Several buyers have been more aggressively pursuing pre-buys this year, so that they can avoid having to compete for titles at festivals,” says Micah Green, co-head of CAA’s film finance & sales group, which is repping titles including Keanu Reeves starrer “Knock Knock,” “Strangerland” and “Cop Car.”
Sony Pictures Classics co-prexy Tom Bernard (whose “Whiplash” has earned $7 million worldwide, the biggest B.O. among last year’s pickups) agrees, saying pre-buys are a way distribs “are starting to empower themselves. A lot of people »
- Gregg Goldstein
“Bessie,” an HBO Films production directed by Dee Rees (whose “Pariah” premiered at Sundance in 2011), “Togetherness,” a comedy series from filmmakers Mark and Jay Duplass (“The Puffy Chair,” “Baghead”) and “Sinatra,” a two-part documentary from Alex Gibney (“Taxi to the Dark Side”) are new examples, joining hit series “Girls,” from Lena Dunham (“Tiny Furniture”), about to launch its fourth season and just renewed for a fifth. Also introduced was a six-part documentary series from Andrew Jarecki (“Capturing the Friedmans” “Catfish”), called “Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst,” based on the incredible true-life murder cases involving Durst, scion of a family that made a fortune in New York real estate development. The network also announced that “Citizenfour,” the documentary about Edward Snowden and his revelations about the National Security Agency, considered a front-runner for the Oscar, will air exclusively on HBO beginning Feb. 23. And the lines »
- Amy Dawes
Fans of Mark and Jay Duplass’ quirky indie favorites Cyrus, The Puffy Chair and Jeff, Who Lives at Home understand just how well the brothers know their way around a family-centric, struggling-suburbanite tale. So it’s no surprise that the trailer for the pair’s first ever TV series, Togetherness (premiering Sunday, Jan. 11, at 9:30pm Et/Pt on HBO), features two simple lines of text: “Some people have it all figured out. These are not those people.” If your immediate reaction is “Amen, brother, er, brothers!” — and if it isn’t, who Are you? — well, that’s the foundation on which this … Continue reading →
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- Lori Acken
If dying is easy, and comedy is hard, then what Jay and Mark Duplass have been doing for the past decade is damn near miraculous. From their breakout Sundance sensation "The Puffy Chair," through "Cyrus" and "The Do-Deca-Pentathlon," the writer/director brothers continue to craft magical stories blending deep dramatic moments with outrageous comedic quips — and all out of everyday events. Aided by actors who subscribe to and thrive with their ad-lib friendly mumblecore movement, the Duplass brothers have established themselves as Regular Joe storytellers — the champion of the ordinary, oft-overlooked instants many people pass off as unimportant. The Duplass brothers have chosen the "normal" as their focus now more than ever with their first television program, "Togetherness." Though both Jay and Mark have acted on other comedies — "Transparent" and "The League," respectively — the new half-hour HBO sitcom is the »
- Ben Travers
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