New York’s New Indie Film Scene: From Dunham to Perry and Beyond
From Left: Sophia Takal, Lawrence Levine, Caroline White, Alex Karpovsky, Jennifer Predger, Onur Tukel, Alex Ross Perry
From dumpster diving for craft services to making movies starring Jennifer Aniston, here’s the inside story on the struggles and triumphs of a scene that extends far beyond Lena Dunham.
Lawrence Levine and Sophia Takal, a young married filmmaking team, sit in the corner of a Brooklyn speakeasy, nursing a pair of elaborate mixed drinks filled to the brim of martini glasses. The order was expensive, but they feel OK indulging here and there; after several years of struggle, things are looking up. Their next film, a genre whodunit called Wild Canaries, will be their most expensive and ambitious to date, and several friends and colleagues in their orbit are hitting it big — especially a once-unknown actress they gave a bit part in a movie four years ago named Lena Dunham.