Writer/Director Ry Russo-Young’s previous films – the award-winning experimental short, Marion, and subsequent features, Orphans and You Won’t Miss Me – featured strong, independent women that pushed boundaries as a way of defining themselves. Her latest film, Nobody Walks, based on a script developed with Lena Dunham at the Sundance Institute, focuses on a young, sexually liberated New York artist Martine (Olivia Thirlby) who comes to L.A. to finish her experimental film. Martine uses her sexuality to go after what she wants, leading other characters to acts of betrayal that compromise their trust in one another. The ensemble cast also includes John Kraskinski and Rosemarie DeWitt.
During our roundtable interview, Russo-Young talked about why she intended this as a movie about coming of age regardless of what age you are, how she wanted to examine the evolving chemistry between characters and the impact their decisions had on those around them without making any moral judgment, and why the ‘no-sometimes-means-yes-or-maybe’ moments in the film reflected the ambiguities of sexuality that people experience in real-life relationships. She also discussed how growing up on the East Coast shaped her outsider perspective on L.A., how her early experience as an experimental filmmaker informs the movies she makes now, and what she’s working on next. Check out what she had to say after the jump.