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.

Watch: New Teaser for The Comedy, Soon to Premiere at Sundance

Premiering this Saturday, January 21 in Park City, “The Comedy” is Rick Alverson’s first film to enter the Sundance Film Festival. It is a contender in the U.S. Dramatic Competition. “This is not a comedy. It stars Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim of Adult Swim’s comedy weird-fest Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Good Job! but despite those guys and the movie’s title, it’s more of a sardonic drama than a laugh-fest. Heidecker plays Swanson, a man inheriting a massive estate who is nonetheless bored with life,” says Sundance director John Cooper. We wish Rick the best of luck in the next coming days! You can now watch the teaser at Indiewire!

Sundance’s Meet The Artist Interview with Rick Alverson

In a Meet the Artists interview, Rick Alverson talks about “The Comedy” and the forces, both apparent and underlying, propelling the film. Alverson tells Sundance, “The goal of thing was to vacillate between the comedic and the gravely serious.” Currently competing in the 2012 Sundance Film Festival as part of the U.S. Dramatic Competition, “The Comedy” stars Tim Heidecker and features Eric Wareheim, both of the Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!. Alverson refers to these two as anti-comics and further describes how their innate qualities and work outside of the film played a part in it’s direction. Watch full interview here.

For a full list of screening dates, click here.

The Comedy Accepted And In Competition At Sundance Film Festival

 

We are extremely proud to announce that the Jagjaguwar-produced feature film The Comedy has been accepted into the competition line-up at Sundance Film Festival. It was directed and co-written by Rick Alverson (The BuilderNew Jerusalem) and stars comedian Tim Heidecker (Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!). The film also features Eric Wareheim (Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!), Gregg Turkington (a.k.a. Neil Hamburger), James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem)) and Kate Lyn Sheil. It is produced by Jagjaguwar, Greyshack Films (JunebugMeek’s CutoffPalendromesOld Joy) and Glass Eye Pix (Wendy and Lucy).
Synopsis: Indifferent even to the prospects of inheriting his father’s estate, Swanson (Heidecker) whiles away his days with a group of aging Brooklyn hipsters, engaging in acts of recreational cruelty and pacified boredom. Desensitized and disenchanted, he strays into a series of reckless situations that may offer the promise of redemption or the threat of retribution. A scathing look at the white male on the verge of collapse, Rick Alverson’s carefully observed portrait provokes and disorients; a cautionary fable for the autumn of the American Era.
Stay tuned for more info!

 

R. Alverson Directs New Bonnie “Prince” Billy Video, New Jerusalem at SXSW

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We are happy to announce following New Jerusalem‘s triumphant world premiere at Rotterdam Film Festival, R. Alverson’s second feature film starring Colm O’Leary and Will Oldham will make its North American debut at SXSW.

Alverson and co-star Will Oldham have just recently collaborated again for the video of Bonnie “Prince” Billy & The Cairo Gang’s “New Wonder.” This song comes from the forthcoming 10″ Island Brothers aimed to benefit Edge Outreach’s efforts in Haiti.

“New Wonder” video directed by R. Alverson

The stunning video was seemingly filmed at a child’s wake, and like Alverson’s films, it is a slow-building and intimate look at an individual’s internal struggles and their devastating tangibility.

Filmmaker Magazine called New Jerusalem “a rare American indie film that dares to contend with spirituality and The Struggle For Meaning.”

If you plan on attending SXSW, check for the New Jerusalem screening dates below.

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