Listen Up Philip
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Anger rages in Philip (Jason Schwartzman) as he awaits the publication of his sure-to- succeed second novel. He feels pushed out of his adopted home city by the constant crowds and noise, a deteriorating relationship with his photographer girlfriend Ashley (Elisabeth Moss), and his own indifference to promoting the novel. When Philip’s idol Ike Zimmerman (Jonathan Pryce) offers his isolated summer home as a refuge, he finally gets the peace and quiet to focus on his favorite subject—himself.

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. Schwartzman leads an impressive cast including Elisabeth Moss, Krysten Ritter and Jonathan Pryce, balancing Perry’s quick-witted dialogue and their characters’ painful, personal truths. With narration by Eric Bogosian, we switch 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 Washington Square Films (the company’s follow-up film to the acclaimed All Is Lost) and Sailor Bear Productions, the team behind last year’s Sundance hit Ain’t Them Bodies Saints.

Director Biography

msp-film-society_alex-ross-perry-listen-up-philip_thumbAlex Ross Perry was born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania in 1984. He attended the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and worked at Kim’s Video in Manhattan. His second film The Color Wheel was distributed theatrically in America and France in 2012 and nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.