You know what can happen when you take a film on the festival circuit? You leave home for a bit and may fall out of touch with close friends. That’s what happened to writer-director Alex Ross Perry and it made him wonder, what happens to those friends when he’s not around? That’s a question he explores in his new film, Listen Up Philip. Jason Schwartzman stars as the title character, a writer eagerly awaiting the release of his second novel who’s got the tendency to do what he wants and speak his mind at all times, even if it hurts others.
Some may describe Philip as an unlikable character, but Perry approaches it from a different perspective. Whether or not you can relate to Philip, he hopes that the movie makes viewers wonder, where does that kind of behavior get you? Hit the jump to hear about that, Perry’s thoughts on working with a bigger budget, whether or not he’d want to give a big budget studio film a go and loads more. Listen Up Philip is currently playing in New York City and is due to expand on October 24th.