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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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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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