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Rian Johnson, Brick

Rian Johnson, who spent six years raising the money to write and direct Brick, his debut feature, is the kind of gritty, determined success story that makes Hollywood seem slightly unreal. Interviewed at last fall's Venice Film Festival, the filmmaker is amazingly modest for having made what The New Yorker's David Denby calls "The most entertaining picture to be released so far this year." Johnson's take on classic film noir puts his Shamus (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) in a California high school. He shot Brick in just 20 days and edited the film on his home computer. Its Sundance premiere won it a distribution deal - and now a not-so-low budget career awaits...


Beyond the Subtitles


Stephen Schaefer hosts candid conversations with actors, filmmakers, producers and movie people near and far. Schaefer has over three decades of writing and talking about movies behind him. He is the author of the Hollywood spoof The Autobiography of Marla Del Marr as told to Stephen Schaefer  and is currently a film critic and entertainment writer for The Boston Herald; and a contributor to USA Today and Entertainment Weekly.