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Alex Ross Perry is the writer and director of acclaimed independent films The Color Wheel and Listen Up Philip. His next film Queen of Earth was critically lauded following its recent premiere at the Berlin Film Festival, and is currently seeking US distribution. On the state of independent film in Brooklyn: “I think it is quite strong, perhaps not as strong as it was a few years ago, but only because the ‘scene' has sort of become decentralized and more...
Brooklyn-based director Alex Ross Perry doesn’t put out the image of a softie. His absolutely amazing 2014 film, Listen Up Philip, stars Jason Schwartzman as a profoundly selfish and prickly asshole. Though the character is a novelist and not a filmmaker, it was hard not to imagine that he was some version of Perry’s id, as he rampages through Brooklyn (also Perry’s home), behaving terribly and learning that artistic success is based on personal...
It was well over a year ago that I first spoke with Alex Ross Perry about his film Listen Up Philip. I had reached out to Perry about a profile for Brooklyn Magazine because of how much I (and everyone else on staff who had seen them) had liked his previous films: Impolex and The Color Wheel. Perry spoke back then about his affinity for capturing those moments in life that are "deeply sickening but also unavoidable," and about how Philip...
"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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