When I yammered on and on about how much I enjoyed The One I Love when it hit theaters about a month ago, I shared Charlie McDowell's unusual trip to the director's chair for a most unusual indie feature.
It's a trip the writer/actor/American Film Institute-trained filmmaker son of Mary Steenburgen and Malcolm McDowell can now share with you Thursday night at Chapman University.
McDowell is scheduled to participate in an audience Q&A after The One I Love screens in Dodge College's Folino Theater starting at 7 p.m. Thursday. The public is invited but an RSVP is required HERE.
Despite the training and Hollywood pedigree, what made McDowell an in-demand director was his Twitter feed of open letters to two ditzy female roommates in their mid-twenties who lived in the apartment above his. They were later compiled in his book Dear Girls Above Me: Inspired by a True Story, whose fans included Lena Dunham, Zach Galifianakis and Mark Duplass.
The One I Love, which was written by Justin Lader, stars Duplass and Elizabeth Moss as a married couple on the brink of separation when their marriage counselor (McDowell's stepdad Ted Danson) convinces them to go off on a make-or-break weekend getaway at a lush property he keeps in the Southern California hills. What begins as a romantic retreat soon turns surreal (and supernatural), forcing the couple to examine their future together. Moss is especially superb.
Check out the trailer (after the ad, sorry):