It was confirmed earlier today that the highly anticipated film ‘Listen Up Philip’ will premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Also confirmed today was that Eric Bogosian has signed on to narrate the film.
Following up his critically acclaimed “The Color Wheel”, Alex Ross Perry scripts a complex, intimate and highly idiosyncratic comedy filled with New Yorkers living their lives somewhere between individuality and isolation. Jason Schwartzman leads an impressive cast including Elisabeth Moss, Jonathan Pryce and Krysten Ritter, balancing Perry’s quick-witted dialogue and their characters’ painful, personal truths. The film switches perspectives as seasons and attitudes change, offering a literary look into the lives of these individuals and the triumph of reality over the human spirit.
“Listen Up Philip” was produced by Katie Stern & Joshua Blum from Washington Square Films (the company’s follow-up film to the acclaimed “All Is Lost”) and Toby Halbrooks, James M. Johnston & David Lowery from Sailor Bear (the team behind last year’s Sundance hit “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”). John Sloss’ Cinetic Media will be handling the domestic sale of the film.
“Ever since I first saw “The Magnificent Ambersons”, I have dreamt of directing a film with a narrator. Throughout the process of making “Listen Up Philip”, probably the question I got asked the most was ‘who is going to narrate it?’ I knew what kind of diction I needed: a New York voice for my New York movie. Intelligent, cynical, nonjudgmental. Eric Bogosian is that voice and hearing him read the words finally made the film click for me in the way I always imagined it”, said director Alex Ross Perry.
“Alex’s movie is bitter, honest and very funny. I felt right at home in the world he created”, said Eric Bogosian.
Eric Bogosian is best known as a playwright, novelist and actor. He is currently completing a non-fiction book documenting “Nemesis”, a conspiracy that targeted and assassinated Turkish leaders responsible for the Armenian genocide. (To be published by Little, Brown in 2015)
Eric Bogosian wrote and starred in the play, “Talk Radio” (NYSF – 1987; Broadway with Liev Schreiber- 2007). For this work he was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and the Tony award. For his film adaptation of the play, Bogosian received the Berlin Film Festival “Silver Bear.” His six solo performances Off-Broadway between 1980 and 2000, (including “Drinking in America”, “Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll” and “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee”) received three Obie awards. In addition to “Talk Radio”, Bogosian has written a number of full-length plays including “subUrbia” (LCT, Second Stage, also adapted to film), “Griller” (Goodman), “Red Angel” (Williamstown Theater Festival), “Humpty Dumpty” (The McCarter), 1+1 (New York Stage and Film). He is also the author of three novels, “Mall”, “Wasted Beauty” and “Perforated Heart” and a novella, “Notes from Underground.”
As an actor, Bogosian has appeared in numerous films and television programs, starring in Robert Altman’s “The Caine Mutiny Court Martial”, Oliver Stone’s “Talk Radio”, as Travis Dane in “Under Siege II”, as Eddie Nash in “Wonderland” and as Captain Danny Ross in sixty episodes of “Law & Order: CI.” In 2010, he starred on Broadway in “Time Stands Still” with Laura Linney.
In January 2013, Theater Communications Group will publish the full collection of Bogosian’s monologues, titled “100 (monologues).” Bogosian lives in New York with his wife, director Jo Bonney.