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Meet the 2014 Tribeca Filmmakers #52: Award-Winning Playwright Adam Rapp Returns to the Screen with 'Loitering With Intent'

By Indiewire | Indiewire April 17, 2014 at 3:05PM

ADAM RAPP is an award-winning playwright, theater director, novelist, and filmmaker. He made his directorial debut in 2005 with the Toronto Film Festival selection "Winter Passing," and followed it up with an adaptation of his play "Blackbird."
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Adam Rapp

Adam Rapp is an award-winning playwright, theater director, novelist, and filmmaker. He is the author of numerous plays, including "Nocturne," "Blackbird," and "Red Light Winter," which was named a finalist for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize. He made his directorial debut in 2005 with the Toronto Film Festival selection "Winter Passing," and followed it up with an adaptation of his play "Blackbird," which won Best Narrative Feature at the Charlotte Film Festival and received a Special Jury Award for Achievement in Directing from the Florida Film Festival. His new film "Loitering With Intent" follows aspiring writers Dominic (Michael Godere) and Raphael (Ivan Martin) who need to come up with a script fast after a chance encounter with a producer. The pair head to upstate New York to work on their project in isolation, but they encounter Dominic’s sister (Marisa Tomei), who's desperately trying to escape from her boyfriend (Sam Rockwell).

Biggest challenge in completing this project? 

Between the 19-day shoot, the insane upstate New York with its torrential rains, and a small crew, it was physically much more difficult than I anticipated. When we went from shooting days to shooting nights I almost lost my mind.

Did you crowdfund?

No. Funding came through Parts and Labor.

What camera did you shoot on?
The Alexa.

Did you go to film school?
No.

What films have inspired you? "Five Easy Pieces," "The Last Detail," "Something Wild," "The Last Picture Show," "Leolo"

What do you have in the works?
My new play, "The Purple Lights of Joppa Illinois," will receive its world premiere at South Coast Rep's Pacific Playwrights Conference later this month. I have a new novel, "Know Your Beholder," coming out with Little Brown in February of '15. A new Starz! series, "Flesh and Bone," which I helped write and produce, starts principle photography in NYC at the end of April (I wrote two episodes and will likely direct one of them). I'm also in the process of adapting my graphic novel, "Ball-Peen Hammer," for HBO.

Indiewire invited Tribeca 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. Go HERE to read all the entries.


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