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Miriam Bale

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If there's a "That Guy" of NY indie film, it's probably Keith Poulson. He's been in so many films that have played BAMcinematek, from a creepy art scenester in Hellaware to a cult leader in Stinking Heaven to a smarmy novelist in Alex Ross Perry's Listen Up Philip. (He's also worked on and appeared in two of Perry's other four films.) Yet his latest role as an Iraq War veteran in Zach Clark's excellent...
"I won, they lost," Alex Ross Perry said of his "enemies," as a way of introducing the NYFF premiere of his new film, Listen Up Philip. That character, the kind of director who would say that, seems similar to the eponymous writer played by Jason Schwartzman in the film: a hilariously bitter novelist who is reckoning with the baby steps of fame, the awkwardness of becoming what he'd always admired. He aims wildly petty,...

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