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Meet the 2015 Sundance Filmmakers #42: Bryan Buckley Directs Melissa Rauch’s Screenwriting Debut ‘The Bronze’

Meet the 2015 Sundance Filmmakers #42: Bryan Buckley Directs Melissa Rauch's Screenwriting Debut 'The Bronze'

Co-written by “The Big Bang Theory” star Melissa Rauch and her husband, Winston Rauch, “The Bronze” is a long, hard look at just what it means to be a former star athlete. Rauch plays an unapologetically foul bronze-medaling gymnast, whose quickly dwindling favor (and even quicker dwindling funds) force her to take on a protégé.

What’s your film about, in 140 characters or less?

American Athletes have never been placed onto a higher pedestal. The Bronze is an unapologetic account of what happens when one of them gets knocked off.

Now, what’s it REALLY about?

It’s about knocking the piss out of this country’s celebrity obsession and celebrating its dysfunctional beauty simultaneously.

Tell us briefly about yourself.

I am a director who has never taken a film class.

What was the biggest challenge in completing this film?

Turning 63 extras into 20,000 USA fans.

What do you want audiences at Sundance to take away from your film?

Next time you read about a former star athlete, find some understanding for their plight.

Are there any films that inspired you?

“One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest.” “City of God.” “Man Bites Dog.” “Young Frankenstein.” Anything with Kubrick’s name in the directors credits.

What’s next for you?

I’m gonna crash every party at Sundance looking for drunken financiers willing to take a chance on the film that is the follow up to the short I got an Oscar nomination for.

What cameras did you shoot on?

Red Epics.

Did you crowdfund?

Well, crowdfunding sounds good. There just wasn’t time to even think along those lines for “The Bronze.”

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 2015 festival. Click here for more profiles.

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