Remember that time you fell in love with Mark Duplass? Some audiences first discovered the comedic mastermind in 2005 with his independent film, “The Puffy Chair,” where he drove cross-country to deliver a gigantic purple La-Z-Boy to his father on his birthday. Although the film only grossed a total $194,523, domestically, it was enough to launch Mark and Jay Duplass into a writing-directing frenzy that would include “Mumblecore,” “Baghead,” “Cyrus,” and “Jeff Who Lives at Home” — and now “Togetherness,” their HBO comedy set to start its second season this Sunday.
The two Duplass’ have reached the point where they have mega production deals with Netflix and multiple shows on HBO, thanks to their executive producer credits (and voice work) on the animated comedy “Animals.” But before they moved from indie film to TV, and even before they graduated to making feature films in the first place, the Duplass brothers broke into Sundance with a pair of shorts. Above you can check out “This Is John,” their first Sundance entry from 2003, and below check out their follow-up, “Scrapple.” Plus, you can see “Togetherness” co-creator and star Steve Zissis in another short festival favorite by the Duplass brothers, “The Intervention,” over at Fandor.
And, as an added bonus, we’ve included the trailer for “The Puffy Chair,” featuring Mark Duplass and his now-wife and new co-star on “Togetherness,” Katie Aselton. See how two brothers progressed into independent powerhouses below: