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Rick Alverson

Rick Alverson (1971) is a independent filmmaker living in Richmond, Virginia. His 2015 feature Entertainment premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was the closing night film at New Directors/New Films. It was acquired by Magnolia Pictures. His previous dramatic, confrontational drama The Comedy premiered in competition at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and was distributed by Tribeca Film. In 2010, he began a multi-film partnership with the renowned independent record label Jagjaguwar with The Builder, an existential character study of an Irish immigrant at odds with the promise of America.. New Jerusalem (2011), his second feature, starring Colm O'leary (The Builder) and Will Oldham (Matewan, Old Joy), again considered the immigrant experience but this time through the lens of religious ideology. New Jerusalem premiered at the 40th International Film Festival Rotterdam and SXSW in 2011. That same year he was awarded a Visual Arts Fellowship from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. He has directed videos for Sharon Van Etten, Bonny "Prince" Billy, Benjamin Booker and Angel Olsen, among others. In addition to his directorial work he has released 9 albums on Jagjaguwar.

[bio courtesy of the filmmaker] 

Filmography

Recent Reviews

New Jerusalem

Basically a rehash of the same theme--- the world of a depressed individual--- that was explored in THE BUILDER , a film Alverson produced a year earlier. Only this time...


The Builder

A plodding often-times unrelated sequence of images supposedly attempting to capture the depressed state of an individual but mostly a visualization of minutiae whether it be chipping away at wooden...


New Jerusalem

Alverson's film offers a study of two very different men trying to form a friendship for two very different reasons. The film is intimate, intense and disturbing. Alverson takes a...


The Builder

Colm O'Leary has an interesting presence, but Alverson's film refuses to give the viewer much direct information about this builder. As this artfully filmed movie progresses the information slowly emerges....


The Builder

did not understand..