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Meet the 2014 Sundance Filmmakers #38: Gillian Robespierre Delivers Raw Honesty and Humor in ‘Obvious Child’

Meet the 2014 Sundance Filmmakers #38: Gillian Robespierre Delivers Raw Honesty and Humor in 'Obvious Child'

Gillian Robespierre is a Brooklyn-based, born and raised New Yorker. After attending college in Boston for a year she returned to New York City and graduated from the School of Visual Arts’ Film & Video Program.”Obvious Child” showed as a short in 2009 in a series of festivals. She told Indiewire “It had a great Internet life which inspired and encouraged me to turn it into feature-length.” She currently works at the Directors Guild of America.

What it’s about: “A comedy about what happens when Brooklyn comedian Donna Stern gets dumped, fired and pregnant just in time for the worst/best Valentine’s Day of her life.

What it’s really about: “Donna, played by the very talented and hilarious Jenny Slate is a naturally funny, intelligent woman in her late twenties who is slowly shedding the remaining traits of her youth. The movie follows her through some pretty big life moments and things actually turn out okay…I was frustrated by the limited representations of young women’s experience with pregnancy, let alone growing up and was waiting to see a more honest film, or at least, a story that was closer to many of the stories I knew.”

Biggest challenge: “Trying to shoot exterior winter scenes in early spring, so many birds chirping!”

Any films inspire you? “Oh yes! ‘Walking and Talking,’ ‘Annie Hall,’ ‘The Graduate,’ ‘Crossing Delancey,’ ‘Louie’ and many MANY more.”

Cameras used: “Red Scarlet.”

Did you crowdfund? “Sure did! Kickstarter.”

Hopes for Sundance audience take-away: “This is my first feature and my first time attending the festival. All I can hope for is that audiences respond to the movie and it stays with them. And I on a personal level I would like to meet Parker Posey.”

What’s next? “A comedy about divorce.”

Indiewire invited Sundance Film Festival directors to tell us
about their films, including what inspired them, the challenges they
faced and what they’re doing next. We’ll be publishing their responses
leading up to the 2014 festival.
For profiles go HERE.

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