Every once in a while, a film comes along that makes you think of the words “dream team.” Hannah Takes The Stairs is one such project. Maybe I’m a bit biased, because there’s a lot of SXSW history behind-the-scenes and in front of the camera on this one, but I think anyone who’s paid close attention to indie film of the last 5 or 6 years, would likely agree with me. Granted, this is not the kind of “dream team” some liken to Ocean’s 11, or The Dirty Dozen. Maybe this group should be dubbed, “The Hannah Half-Dozen.” For indie-film geeks that love blogs, festivals, and films so small they almost work better on DVD… this is a fantastic combo.
Hannah Takes The Stairs is nowhere near completed, it’s still shooting in Chicago. You can read the Production Journal. But it’s easily becoming a highly anticipated feature. The roster of this dream team includes:
– Joe Swanberg, writer/director (Joe’s acclaimed credits include festival darlings Kissing on the Mouth, LOL, and the Nerve series, Young American Bodies)
– Anish Savjani, producer (Anish’s credits include Gretchen and Old Joy)
– Mark Duplass, actor (Mark starred in and co-wrote the immensely popular feature, The Puffy Chair)
– Andrew Bujalski, actor (Andrew made waves in the indie-film world and won the “Someone to Watch” Spirit Award with his directorial debut, Funny Ha Ha, and is primed to do the same with his upcoming release, Mutual Appreciation)
– Ry Russo-Young, actress (Ry’s experimental short film, Marion, has been kicking ass and taking names on the national festival circuit this year.)
– Kent Osborne, actor (Kent, who is currently nominated for an Emmy, has been seen in several films and worked as a writer for Spongebob Squarepants)