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Tribeca Film Nabs 'Listen Up Philip,' Starring Elisabeth Moss and Jason Schwartzman (TRAILER)

Photo of Jacob Combs By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood June 23, 2014 at 1:35PM

Today, Tribeca Film announced that its acquisition of the North American rights to "Listen Up Philip," Alex Ross Perry's dark, quirky comedy about a young novelist and the characters of his life.
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'Listen Up Philip'
'Listen Up Philip'

Tribeca Film has acquired North American rights to "Listen Up Philip," Alex Ross Perry's dark, quirky comedy about a young novelist and the characters of his life.

Perry's film, which stars Jason Schwartzman and Elisabeth Moss, made a splash at Sundance this year. Perry previously directed cult favorite "The Color Wheel," which was nominated for a 2013 Independent Spirit Award. (TOH's Moss interview is here.)

As Schwartzman's Philip waits for his second novel to be published (and, no doubt, to soar to success), he is filled with anger about his crumbling relationship with Ashley (Elisabeth Moss) and a complete apathy about promoting his work. He turns to an older novelist (a dyspeptic Jonathan Pryce) for guidance. 

"Tribeca Film has proven themselves fearless by partnering with us for the release of 'Listen Up Philip,'" Perry said in a statement regarding the announcement.  "In this day and age, distribution for independent films is a real broken system, probably worse than it has ever been. So it is incredibly exciting to be working with people who actually care not only about 'movies' and 'stories' but about honest to god Cinema, I mean serious Cinema that leaves audiences heavier."

"Listen Up Films" is produced by Washington Square Films and Sailor Bear.  Tribeca Films is planning a theatrical release for October 17, with VOD to follow on October 21.

This article is related to: Alex Ross Perry , Elisabeth Moss, Jason Schwartzman, Tribeca Film, Distribution, Sundance


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.