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Green, the resourcefully made, formally assured first film by Sophia Takal, won a prize at SXSW this spring, played BAM and MoMA, and is officially life-changing cinema. Takal explains: “I recently heard that a couple (that I didn’t know) broke up after watching Green. They’d been thinking about it for a while but apparently Green made them realize it was time. I felt bad at first, but then I thought it was kind of cool—my movie inspired them to examine their lives and make choices.” Green’s a knowing, moody study of a Brooklyn couple, played by Takal’s close collaborators, her filmmaker fiancé Lawrence Michael Levine and their roommate Kate Lyn Sheil, whose relationship fissures after they move to a vaguely Southern location to live sustainably.
Takal is currently in development on her second film, about “a fervently politically correct white woman who goes to Africa to find herself,” which may faintly echo Green’s fruitful study of fish-out-water urbanites. Her ambitions going forward, she thinks, are to continue to make films on her own terms, but “I would also really like to make a movie that plays outside of the festival circuit!”(Photos by Crystal Gwyn)