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“Another Earth” star Brit Marling talks working with Robert Redford in “The Company You Keep”

“Another Earth” star Brit Marling talks working with Robert Redford in “The Company You Keep” (photo)

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It’s been a big year for indie darling Brit Marling. Not only did she break out onto Hollywood’s radar at Sundance in January with the two films she starred in and co-wrote, “Another Earth” (out on DVD now) and “Sound of my Voice,” but she’s also solidified herself as an actress to be reckoned with.

Marling has two big projects coming up: “The East,” which she also co-wrote, and Robert Redford‘s film “The Company You Keep.” The latter is her biggest role to date, and the first time has been acting outside the comfort zone of her two fellow Georgetown University alums, Mike Cahill (director and co-writer of “Another Earth”) and Zal Batmangli (director and co-writer of “Sound of my Voice” and “The East”) . When Marling caught up with IFC News recently to promote “Another Earth” coming out on DVD, she talked about her experience shooting with Robert Redford as a film’s star and director, and whether she’d be interesting in directing herself.

For the uninitiated, “The Company You Keep” follows Redford as former Weather Underground militant Jim Grant who managed to hide from the FBI for over three decades. But all that changes when a young reporter, played by Shia LaBeouf, discovers Grant’s identity. Grant is forced to become a fugitive, and the story spins out of control from there. In addition to Marling, Redford and LaBeouf, “The Company You Keep” stars Anna Kendrick, Stanley Tucci, Sam Elliot, Susan Sarandon, Chris Cooper, Nick Nolte, Brendan Gleeson, Julie Christie, Terrence Howard and Richard Jenkins. We weren’t kidding about that impressive cast.

IFC: “The Company You Keep” is the biggest and most mainstream film you’ve been a part of to date. Do you have any scenes with Robert Redford in this film?

Brit Marling: Most of my scenes actually are with Shia. Robert’s character and I don’t connect. We’re connected, but we don’t connect in scenes. I had a really amazing time working on that film.

IFC: Have you finished shooting already?

BM: I finished shooting a month and a half ago, I think they’re probably just wrapping up now. It was an amazing film to be a part of. And Robert is like, I have a lot of admiration for him as an artist, and just him as a human being. And the things that he finds important.

Creating Sundance in the middle of Utah in the woods and the snow. I mean, it seems so obvious now, but a decade ago when he was doing it everyone was like he was crazy. It’s hard to push against the grain of things and be like, no, I’m going to do something different. When it works, they’re always like, oh yeah, of course, but at the time, not a lot of people were saying , ‘Oh of course, this is a great idea.’ That festival has changed so many artists’ lives, and it’s made so many artists’ lives possible, their work possible.

So yeah, I’m incredibly inspired by him and the way he lives in the world. It was awesome to be directed by him. I learned a lot on that shoot, and I think that’s why we do what we do: learn more every time so we can get a little bit better at it.

IFC: Would you ever want to direct a film?

BM: I don’t want to say no, because then of course it would happen. It’s funny, I feel so overwhelmed by acting, I can’t wrap myself around it fully. I find the challenge so overwhelming, like what it demands of you. To imagine that these impossible, cataclysmic, life situations are happening to you, and that you are this other person that you’re not, and that you’ve actually had all these experiences that you’ve never had, it’s such a stretch. And I find it so overwhelming that, I don’t know, I’ve been stuck on that challenge for a really long time. I don’t think I’ll ever get to the bottom of that. I feel completely content to just work on that and see what happens.

Are you looking forward to watching “The Company You Keep”? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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Hacked In

Funny or Die Is Taking Over

FOD TV comes to IFC every Saturday night.

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We’ve been fans of Funny or Die since we first met The Landlord. That enduring love makes it more than logical, then, that IFC is totally cool with FOD hijacking the airwaves every Saturday night. Yes, that’s happening.

The appropriately titled FOD TV looks like something pulled from public access television in the nineties. Like lo-fi broken-antenna reception and warped VHS tapes. Equal parts WTF and UHF.

Get ready for characters including The Shirtless Painter, Long-Haired Businessmen, and Pigeon Man. They’re aptly named, but for a better sense of what’s in store, here’s a taste of ASMR with Kelly Whispers:

Watch FOD TV every Saturday night during IFC’s regularly scheduled movies.

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Wicked Good

See More Evil

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is on Hulu.

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Okay, so you missed the entire first season of Stan Against Evil. There’s no shame in that, per se. But here’s the thing: Season 2 is just around the corner and you don’t want to lag behind. After all, Season 1 had some critical character development, not to mention countless plot twists, and a breathless finale cliffhanger that’s been begging for resolution since last fall. It also had this:

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The good news is that you can catch up right now on Hulu. Phew. But if you aren’t streaming yet, here’s a basic primer…

Willards Mill Is Evil

Stan spent his whole career as sheriff oblivious to the fact that his town has a nasty curse. Mostly because his recently-deceased wife was secretly killing demons and keeping Stan alive.

Demons Really Want To Kill Stan

The curse on Willards Mill stipulates that damned souls must hunt and kill each and every town sheriff, or “constable.” Oh, and these demons are shockingly creative.

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They Also Want To Kill Evie

Why? Because Evie’s a sheriff too, and the curse on Willard’s Mill doesn’t have a “one at a time” clause. Bummer, Evie.

Stan and Evie Must Work Together

Beating the curse will take two, baby, but that’s easier said than done because Stan doesn’t always seem to give a damn. Damn!

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Beware of Goats

It goes without saying for anyone who’s seen the show: If you know that ancient evil wants to kill you, be wary of anything that has cloven feet.

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Season 2 Is Lurking

Scary new things are slouching towards Willards Mill. An impending darkness descending on Stan, Evie and their cohort – eviler evil, more demony demons, and whatnot. And if Stan wants to survive, he’ll have to get even Stanlier.

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is now streaming right now on Hulu.

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SO EXCITED!!!

Reminders that the ’90s were a thing

"The Place We Live" is available for a Jessie Spano-level binge on Comedy Crib.

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Unless you stopped paying attention to the world at large in 1989, you are of course aware that the ’90s are having their pop cultural second coming. Nobody is more acutely aware of this than Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney, two comedians who met doing improv comedy and have just made their Comedy Crib debut with the hilarious ’90s TV throwback series, The Place We Live.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Dara: It’s everything you loved–or loved to hate—from Melrose Place and 90210 but condensed to five minutes, funny (on purpose) and totally absurd.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Betsy: “Hey Todd, why don’t you have a sip of water. Also, I think you’ll love The Place We Live because everyone has issues…just like you, Todd.”

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IFC: When you were living through the ’90s, did you think it was television’s golden age or the pop culture apocalypse?


Betsy: I wasn’t sure I knew what it was, I just knew I loved it!


Dara: Same. Was just happy that my parents let me watch. But looking back, the ’90s honored The Teen. And for that, it’s the golden age of pop culture. 

IFC: Which ’90s shows did you mine for the series, and why?

Betsy: Melrose and 90210 for the most part. If you watch an episode of either of those shows you’ll see they’re a comedic gold mine. In one single episode, they cover serious crimes, drug problems, sex and working in a law firm and/or gallery, all while being young, hot and skinny.


Dara: And almost any series we were watching in the ’90s, Full House, Saved By the Bell, My So Called Life has very similar themes, archetypes and really stupid-intense drama. We took from a lot of places. 

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IFC: How would you describe each of the show’s characters in terms of their ’90s TV stereotype?

Dara: Autumn (Sunita Mani) is the femme fatale. Robin (Dara Katz) is the book worm (because she wears glasses). Candace (Betsy Kenney) is Corey’s twin and gives great advice and has really great hair. Corey (Casey Jost) is the boy next door/popular guy. Candace and Corey’s parents decided to live in a car so the gang can live in their house. 
Lee (Jonathan Braylock) is the jock.

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Dara: Because everyone’s feeling major ’90s nostalgia right now, and this is that, on steroids while also being a totally new, silly thing.

Delight in the whole season of The Place We Live right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. It’ll take you back in all the right ways.