The long-time pals and collaborators shot their newest lo-fi charmer in simply seven days.
Speak about taking pictures underneath the gun. When long-time collaborators and pals Joshua Leonard and Jess Weixler teamed as much as make their newest movie in combination, “Fully Realized Humans,” there was once one main fear to construct their scrappy seven-day shoot round: Weixler was once 8 months pregnant on the time. Thankfully, the duo wrapped in time and Weixler welcomed her first kid only some weeks later.
Weixler’s being pregnant, in fact, performs a big function within the duo’s newest characteristic, which follows the pair (who additionally wrote the movie in combination, Leonard directed) as a couple of well-meaning parents-to-be who unexpectedly understand they may not be completely able to welcome a bouncing package deal of pleasure into their lives, a minimum of now not as they recently stand.
Intent on shaking off any of their very own neuroses (together with, in fact, those pushed into them by way of their very own mother and father; hi, foreshadowing), the pair come to a decision to spend the following month sooner than their child woman’s beginning changing into “absolutely learned people.” That comes to the whole thing from the mundane (can they end all of the hummus of their refrigerator sooner than it is going dangerous?) to the profound (making peace with the fraught parental relationships already of their lives).
Just about a decade in the past, the pair collaborated on “The Lie,” a witty deconstruction of the calls for of parenthood. Leonard directed the fully improvised adaptation of T.C. Boyle’s quick tale, with Weixler and co-star Mark Webber sharing writing credit. Now, Leonard and Weixler go back with “Totally Learned People,” a extra mature and madcap take at the ideas that drove their first characteristic, with in a similar fashion good effects.
“Totally Learned People” additionally stars numerous recognizable faces and names from the indie house, together with Tom Bower, Beth Grant, Michael Chieffo, Janicza Bravo, Erica Chidi Cohen, Zach Shields, Jennifer Lafleur, and Ross Partridge.
The movie, which was once set for a Tribeca premiere ultimate spring and went directly to display screen at numerous digital fairs over the process the yr, will subsequent display screen as a part of this yr’s Tribeca Movie Competition, which is screening lots of its 2020 alternatives as a part of its 2021 version. Gravitas Ventures will unlock the movie in theaters and on VOD on Friday, July 30.
Take a look at the primary trailer for “Totally Learned People,” to be had solely on IndieWire, underneath.