By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood June 13, 2012 at 6:45PM
Yet another indie multi-tasker is New York actor Alex Karpovsky, who does not sit down between gigs, of which he has many. You may recognize him from Bryan Poysner's "Lovers of Hate" or Lena Dunham's "Tiny Furniture," or his ongoing role as Ray Ploshansky in her HBO series "Girls," which featured performer Mike Birbiglia, who cast Karpovsky in his upcoming "Sleepwalk with Me." Karpovsky also joined "Girls" star Adam Driver in the Coen brothers' just-wrapped "Inside Llewyn Davis."
Meanwhile, Karpovsky's fifth feature "Red Flag"--not to be confused with his psychological thriller "Rubberneck," which debuted at Tribeca in April-- premieres at the LA Film Festival on June 15. (See our exclusive trailer and his director's statement below.)
Inspired by Larry David's HBO series "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and Michael Winterbottom's "The Tour," Karpovsky (not to be confused with Andrei Tarkovsky) produced, directed, wrote and stars in the semi-autobiographical road comedy (which he describes as "close-to-the-bone"). He plays a sad-sack version of himself, a lonely New York filmmaker who just broke up with one woman and encounters others during a college tour of the South (shot during Karpovsky's own tour with "Woodpecker"), which only serves to humiliate him more. Onur Tukel, Jennifer Prediger and Caroline White also star.
Karpovsky made his directorial debut with the black comedy "The Hole Story" in 2006, which screened at some 50 festivals and landed him on Filmmaker Magazine's 25 Faces of Independent Film list. His follow-ups "Woodpecker" and "Trust Us, This is All Made Up" both premiered at SXSW, in 2008 and 2009.