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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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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.

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Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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Celebrity All-Star by Sisters Weekend is available now on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Sisters Weekend isn’t like other comedy groups. It’s filmmaking collaboration between besties Angelo Balassone, Michael Fails and Kat Tadesco, self-described lace-front addicts with great legs who write, direct, design and produce video sketches and cinematic shorts that are so surreally hilarious that they defy categorization. One such short film, Celebrity All-Star, is the newest addition to IFC’s Comedy Crib. Here’s what they had to say about it in a very personal email interview…

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IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Celebrity All-Star is a short film about an overworked reality TV coordinator struggling to save her one night off after the cast of C-List celebrities she wrangles gets locked out of their hotel rooms.

IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Sisters Weekend: It’s this short we made for IFC where a talent coordinator named Karen babysits a bunch of weird c-list celebs who are stuck in a hotel bar. It’s everyone you hate from reality TV under one roof – and that roof leaks because it’s a 2-star hotel. There’s a magician, sexy cowboys, and a guy wearing a belt that sucks up his farts.

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IFC: What was the genesis of Celebrity All-Star?

Celebrity All-Star was born from our love of embarrassing celebrities. We love a good c-lister in need of a paycheck! We were really interested in the canned politeness people give off when forced to mingle with strangers. The backstory we created is that the cast of this reality show called “Celebrity All-Star” is in the middle of a mandatory round of “get to know each other” drinks in the hotel bar when the room keys stop working. Shows like Celebrity Ghost Hunters and of course The Surreal Life were of inspo, but we thought it
was funny to keep it really vague what kind of show they’re on, and just focus on everyone’s diva antics after the cameras stop rolling.

IFC: Every celebrity in Celebrity All-Star seems familiar. What real-life pop personalities did you look to for inspiration?

Sisters Weekend: Anyone who is trying to plug their branded merch that no one asked for. We love low-rent celebrity. We did, however, directly reference Kylie Jenner’s turd-raison lip color for our fictional teen celebutante Gibby Kyle (played by Mary Houlihan).

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IFC: Celebrity seems disgusting yet desirable. What’s your POV? Do you crave it, hate it, or both?

Sisters Weekend: A lot of people chase fame. If you’re practical, you’ll likely switch to chasing success and if you’re smart, you’ll hopefully switch to chasing happiness. But also, “We need money. We need hits. Hits bring money, money bring power, power bring fame, fame change the game,” Young Thug.

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IFC: Who are your comedy idols?

Sisters Weekend: Mike grew up renting “Monty Python” tapes from the library and staying up late to watch 2000’s SNL, Kat was super into Andy Kaufman and “Kids In The Hall” in high school, and Angelo was heavily influenced by “Strangers With Candy” and Anna Faris in the Scary Movie franchise, so, our comedy heroes mesh from all over. But, also we idolize a lot of the people we work with in NY-  Lorelei Ramirez, Erin Markey, Mary Houlihan, who are all in the film, Amy Zimmer, Ana Fabrega, Patti Harrison, Sam Taggart. Geniuses! All of Em!

IFC: What’s your favorite moment from the film?

Sisters Weekend: I mean…seeing Mary Houlihan scream at an insane Pomeranian on an iPad is pretty great.

See Sisters Weekend right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib

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