Clowning Around On a Manhattan Rooftop With the Girls Breakout Star
With Chelsea’s Hudson River as the backdrop, Adam Driver reaches new heights in this kinetic portrait by So It Goes magazine. The roguish actor and leading male star of Lena Dunham’s hit series Girls has had a wayward journey from his childhood in Mishawaka, Indiana, to a recent role in Noah Baumbach’s black-and-white comedy drama Frances Ha, via stints as a vacuum salesman, Marine, and undergraduate at New York’s Juilliard School for performing arts. These coy and candid moments are soundtracked by Stones Throw records' rising hip-hop star Jonwayne, and reveal 29-year-old Driver's raw magnetism, as well as hinting at his frustration of being medically discharged after two years in the US armed forces—a rejection that he feels provided the springboard for his recent creative renewal. “The Marine Corps is an organization that prides itself on communicating and working as a cohesive unit,” says Driver, who is looking ahead to the next season of Girls and Baumbach's next film, While We Were Young, set for release in 2015. “We had acronyms for everything but the emphasis really wasn't on explaining a shared experience or talking things through. I felt like I had something I wanted to say but I didn't know how to say it—I still don’t really.”
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A New Documentary Follows a High School Basketball Player's Flirtation with Superstardom
Will he become a star or will he crash and burn? New York-based directors Josh and Benny Safdie’s latest documentary Lenny Cooke, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival this week, is a fascinating take on the American dream that sees basketball hopeful Cooke battling to become top dog alongside future NBA stars Carmello Anthony and LeBron James. In 2001 producer Adam Shopkorn happened upon the film’s eponymous star, a Brooklyn-born prodigy with a considerable following even while at high school. Shopkorn began to follow him with a camera, sensing massive potential from the growing phenomenon around him. But Cooke never reached the heights he seemed destined for, leading Shopkorn to return to the story ten years on and enlist the Safdie brothers, whose work includes The Pleasure of Being Robbed and Go Get Some Rosemary, to complete the project. “There was an overriding mystery to Lenny as a person,” says Benny. “He wasn’t like everyone else around him—he was a star; he stood out.” Pieced together from over 50 hours of archival footage and nearly 150 hours shot by the brothers, the film is a modern parable—a mash-up of Hoop Dreams and The Blind Side. “Lenny is a better person today,” Benny adds of his subject. “After the fall from the spotlight he definitely matured into a fuller human being. Who knows what would have happened had he gotten that million-dollar contract, but I think it is safe to say that his soul is more pure.”
Glen Luchford Captures A New York Moment with the Rag & Bone Stars in Today’s Two Films
Glen Luchford's short films for NY fashion house rag & bone are as beautiful and elegant as they are real. Starring actors Palme d'Or winner Léa Seydoux and Michael Pitt, and set to a yearning Sparklehorse soundtrack, Luchford’s signature is a combination of dramatic understatement and modern nostalgia for the craft of shooting on film. “Having the confidence to let the shoot flow is a great feeling, because anything can happen,” explains Luchford, whose only direction for Seydoux and Pitt was to do “whatever came naturally. My aesthetic is planned and controlled reportage—which is obviously a contradiction. On the day, you have to just let go and see what happens. Sparks fly and unexplained ideas pop up.” Luchford started his career at as a fashion photographer on the style magazine The Face, going on to shoot iconic campaigns as well as directing the award-winning feature film, Here to Where. Rather than pose in the rag & bone collection, it seems Seydoux and Pitt were encouraged to live in it.
What are your earliest memories of film and photography?
Glen Luchford: I saw Snow White in the cinema when I was three years old, and something in the imagery stuck. I only remember a few scenes but they stayed clearly imprinted. Then The Wizard Of Oz at five, which blew me away. The fact that video didn’t exist then, and their unavailability, made them even more exotic and exciting.
What appeals to you about fashion?
GL: Fashion has an ADD quality to it: it can't focus on anything for too long and has to keep shifting its gaze, like an irritable kid. I loved playing musical chairs as a child. Part of me feels like I’m still playing.
How has your filmmaking evolved since Here to Where?
GL: I’m not as good. Youth gives you something extra.
What are you most proud of?
GL: Walking into The Face magazine's office and saying, “Give me a job, I can do that.”
What inspires you today?
GL: Instagram, Intelligentsia Coffee and the word ‘Yes.’