Writer-director-musician Rick Alverson has worked with recording label Jagjaguwar on nine albums and since 2010 their partnership has evolved into making films. Alverson’s debut, “The Builder,” was an existential study of an immigrant vs. the American promise and was followed by “New Jerusalem,” about an immigrant and religious ideology (it played Sundance 2011). Now “The Comedy” (playing in the U.S. Dramatic Competition) tells an American tale about the perils of entitlement.
It follows a wealthy, aging hipster as he takes what may be the first decisive steps in his privileged life to address his malaise, small flirtations with the world around him. The film premieres in Park City on January 21 and we’ve got the exclusive trailer. Check it out below: