SXSW: Jay Duplass, Sophie Thatcher, Zeek Earl, and Chris Caldwell Discuss Indie Films

Shira Lazar interviews Jay Duplass, Sophie Thatcher, Zeek Earl, and Chris Caldwell on their new SXSW premiere, "The Prospect," and the state of Indie cinema.
By Alex Firer
  • A story is told on the panel — a story involving the great actor John C. Reilly — who said that the indieness of a movie can often be felt in the energy on set. Reilly claims he’s been on films with a massive budget that, due to the vibe on set, felt like a small intimate movie — and he’s been on movies with a budget of a hundred thousand dollars that felt like a massive lockstep organized feature. Of course, when the Duplass Brothers are on hand, the question of what is an indie film will come up easily, and is one of the many topics explored in this SXSW discussion between Shira Lazar, and the talents behind the SXSW premiere The Prospect — starring Jay Duplass and Sophie Thatcher, and directed by Zeek Earl and Chris Caldwell.

    Zeek Earl and Chris Caldwell discuss their movie — about a space prospecting plan that goes awry — and its long road to becoming a feature length film. Originally The Prospect was a short film, which also aired at SXSW, and with the help of the Duplass brothers, made its way to being a feature. The directors talk about the incredible influence of the Duplass brothers, and discuss how important it is to just make movies, because whatever you thought you would be as a filmmaker could be completely different from the kind of filmmaker you were meant to become. Amazing stuff.

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