“Time Out of Mind” was born from a simple question: “Is it possible to be found again?” Richard Gere’s pursuit of the answer, with his director Oren Moverman, is just one of the ideas discussed on this week’s episode of Indiewire Influencers.
The film, which premiered at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and is now playing in select theaters and on VOD, follows George, a homeless man making his way through the streets of New York. It’s a project Gere pursued for more than a decade.
Filming in an authentic environment presented logistical hurdles. “The concept was to put Richard in live environments,” Moverman said, adding that the challenge was “to take away the footprint of the filmmaking by hiding the camera, putting it inside stores, on rooftops, in apartments.”
They weren’t sure the plan would really work until the first day of shooting. Gere describes how that initial take went from a quick shot to a 40-minute experiment that gave the famous actor first-hand experience of what it’s like not to be seen.
“In 21 days, there were two people,” Gere says of the number of people who eventually recognized him. “Walking by me, they went ‘Oh — hey, Rich’ and then kept walking.”
This week’s conversation also goes beyond the technical side of the production of “Time Out of Mind” and into the philosophical ones. Our inability to connect loops back to another question, central to the film and its subjects: “Where is our home?”
For answers to those questions (or at least a fruitful search for them), listen to the full episode above.
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