We thought it would be a good idea to help you get to know some of our fantastic filmmakers. So, borrowing an idea from LA Weekly’s Karina Longworth (the Bernard Pivot to our James Lipton), we submitted four questions to each filmmaker about and themselves and their films. We’ll be randomly posting as many responses as we can fit in between now and the kick-off.
Let’s talk to Marja-Lewis Ryan, writer/producer/co-star of The Four-Faced Liar, screening Friday, June 11th and Saturday June 12th at 7:30pm.
1. Tell us about your movie. Give us the reductive, 25-word or less, “It’s like [pop culture reference a] meets [pop culture reference b]!” pitch, then explain what the quick and dirty sell leaves out.
The Four-Faced Liar is a modern day St. Elmo’s Fire meets Kissing Jessica Stein.
Frat-like best friends Bridget and Trip meet small town couple Molly and Greg at their favorite New York City pub. While the guys bond over football and video games, the girls’ relationship takes on a whole other kind of intimacy. The Four-Faced Liar is a quick-witted coming of age story that stays true to the hilarious complexities of falling in love.
2. Are you a full-time filmmaker? If not, tell us how you get by while raising money for your films, or share something juicy you had to do to get your film made.
While filming The Four-Faced Liar I worked as a math tutor in low income areas of Los Angeles. I love that job! It keeps me grounded.
3. Have you been to deadCENTER before? What’s something you look forward to discovering (or re-living) at the festival and/or in Oklahoma City?
I have not been to deadCENTER before, but I have been to Oklamhoma City. When fellow producer/actor Daniel Carlisle and I moved out to Los Angeles from NY in the summer of 2006, we drove along 40. We stopped in OKC for two nights and spent the fourth of July in Bricktown. I am most excited to revisit a little bar we discovered off of NW 39th! I’m hoping those regulars will come see this film!
4. Every filmmaker has influences and cinematic heroes. Name one of yours, and while you’re at it, tell us one film (or scene) in history that you wish you had directed (and why).
I am a theatre kid tried a true so my greatest influences are generally not film related. They are as follows: David Mamet, Wendy Wasserstein, Donald Margulies, Woody Allen, Kevin Smith, Carson McCullers and just a touch of Candace Bushnell. I like writers who write what they know and tell stories that are relate-able. I hope I was able to channel some of them in this film.