There is this phenomenal director. Her name is Jill Soloway and she made a film called Afternoon Delight which you should see because it’s fantastic.
She wrote and directed a pilot for Amazon called “Transparent”. It stars the stunning Jeffrey Tambor, wonderful wonderful Jay Duplass (one-half of the Duplass brothers, if you haven’t seen “Jeff Who Lives at Home” you should), super smart-funny Gaby Hoffman (have you seen “Crystal Fairy”? So so good), Amy Landecker (“Dan in Real Life”! I have a song in it- great film!), Judith Light (“WHO’S THE BOSS”!!!!) and also….
This show is incredible. I can’t tell you how proud I am to be a part of it. Filming it was a beautiful beautiful experience and something I would like to do more of.
So before you watch all the wonderful movies listed above, please watch “Transparent” FREE on Amazon Prime Instant Video
Growing up in the 1980s, brothers Jay and Mark Duplass weren’t into typical family movies. Their friends were enthralled by Star Wars, but Jay tells Fresh Air’s Ann Marie Baldonado that he and his brother were more interested in “whatever showed up on HBO,” including Kramer vs. Kramer, Sophie’s Choice and Hannah and Her Sisters.
“I think if you cornered me and Jay somewhere around 1983 and said, 'Would you like to go see The Empire Strikes Back with us?’ We would say something like, 'Why do we need a light saber when we have this wealth of early 40s adult divorce malaise coming through the TV on HBO?’ ” Mark jokes.
Using their father’s VHS camera, the brothers began to create their own movies together. Now, decades later, they have written and directed five feature films, including Jeff, Who Lives at Home and Cyrus.
Their latest project, the HBO series Togetherness, is about four people in their late 30s who live in Los Angeles. Two are single, looking for love and careers; the other two are married and coping with their relationship, the stresses of parenthood and work. All four struggle with a general sense of feeling lost. Mark describes it as a “deeply personal television show” that draws from real life.
“Mark and I both have kids the same age — they’re now roughly 7 and 3,” Jay says. “There’s something really amazing about when that last baby starts sleeping where you come out of this fugue state of parenting.”
In Jay’s case, and in the case of the family on Togetherness, getting out of the “fugue state” took seven years. The end of that stage felt wonderful, he says, but: “Now it’s been seven years. I don’t really know who I am. And you’re looking at your spouse and you’re like, I don’t know who you are. I don’t really know what I like any more because all of my needs have been subjugated for the good of these babies and our family unit. And you kind of have to re-figure everything out. ”