RICK ALVERSON

RICK ALVERSON (1971) is a filmmaker and musician from Richmond, Virginia. He has made four feature films in conjunction with the independent label Jagjaguwar. His first, The Builder (2010), is an existential character study of an Irish immigrant at odds with the promise of America. New Jerusalem (2011), his second feature, starring Colm O'leary (The Builder) and Will Oldham (Matewan, Old Joy), again considered the immigrant experience but this time through the lens of religious ideology. New Jerusalem premiered at the 40th International Film Festival Rotterdam and SXSW in 2011. His third feature, The Comedy, premiering in competition at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, is a tale of the perils of entitlement set in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The feature was produced by Mike S. Ryan (Meek's Cutoff), Brent Kunkle and Glass Eye Pix and stars Tim Heidecker (Tim & Eric's Billion Dollar Movie) in his first major dramatic role. In 2011, he was awarded a Visual Arts Fellowship from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. He also has directed videos for Bonny Prince Billy (New Wonder) and Gregor Samsa (Jeroen Van Aken). Upcoming films include a reconstruction era drama entitled Clement, to be produced in 2012, and Rabbit, both of which continue his collaboration with Colm O'Leary. In addition to his directorial work he has released 9 records on Jagjaguwar, most recently with his band Spokane in 2007.

FILM PREMIERE // ‘The Comedy’ UK Premiere Is Tonight At Prince Charles Cinema In London, Original Soundtrack Available Now

Director Rick Alverson‘s critically acclaimed film, The Comedy, has its UK premiere tonight at the Prince Charles Cinema in London. The screening starts at 9pm and tickets are available now.

The original soundtrack for strong>The Comedy is available on LP at Norman Records or via iTunes. It’s the perfect pairing, taking each listener through the “autumn of the American Era.” Gardens & Villa, Here We Go Magic, Bill Fay, GAYNGS and Donnie & Joe Emerson are just a few of the artists featured on the soundtrack.

The A.V. Club described ‘The Comedy’ as “the spiritual successor to Mike Nichols’ The Graduate and Carnal Knowledge.” New Video described it as a “powerful and provocative character study that touches a darkness behind the humor that resonates with viewers long after the story ends.”

And just in case you Londoners need more reasons to go and watch:

“Tim Heidecker gives a compulsively fascinating performance.” – Variety

“By far one of the most wildly inappropriate and pitch black comedies I’ve ever seen in my life.” – Film Threat

“A powerful generational statement.” – Indiewire

“Transgressively brilliant…” – Village Voice

WATCH // UMO’s Rick Alverson-Directed “From the Sun” Video

Another day, another video! Here’s a new piece for Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s “From The Sun.” You know you’re in for something stellar/dark/bending with a director like Rick Alverson on board. Watch above or at Noisey.

It’s no surprise this band has a million upcoming tour dates. Catch them at a number of festivals and venues starting this summer and through the end of the year.

“The Comedy” Out on DVD and Streaming

We cannot (and will not) contain our excitement. Director Rick Alverson’s critically acclaimed film, The Comedy, is now out on DVD! You can purchase a physical copy on Amazon or from other in-store retailers. Included on the DVD are special deleted scenes and audio commentary with Tim Heidecker and Rick Alverson. If streaming or downloading is more your style, watch it easily on Netflix, iTunes, or Amazon Instant Video.

Tuesday, the A.V. Club made The Comedy its new to DVD movie “Pick Of The Week,” calling the film “a spiritual successor to Mike Nichols’ The Graduate and Carnal Knowledge.” New Video also featured the film’s release, claiming that Rick Alverson’s “powerful and provocative character study touches a darkness behind the humor that resonates with viewers long after the story ends.”

And just in case you need more reasons to watch…

“Tim Heidecker gives a compulsively fascinating performance.” – Variety

“By far one of the most wildly inappropriate and pitch black comedies I’ve ever seen in my life.” – Film Threat

“A powerful generational statement.” – Indiewire

“Transgressively brilliant…” – Village Voice

Hammer To Nail Awards Rick Alverson with Silver Nail Award, “The Comedy” In at #1 on “Top 15 Films of 2012″ List

We are pleased to share the news that Hammer To Nail have awarded Rick Alverson with the Silver Nail award! It is handed out annually to the individual who delivers “the best cinematic one-two punch.” Alverson received the award for his films The Comedy and New Jerusalem, as well as the music video he directed for Jagjaguwar artist Sharon Van Etten! Hammer To Nail have also listed The Comedy at #1 in their Top 15 Films of 2012. Congratulations Rick!

“…The Comedy is the year’s best American-made movie.” – Rodrigo Perez, Indiewire

If you have not had the chance to watch The Comedy just yet, head to iTunes! New Jerusalem is available there, too.

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