The Director
2013 World Premiere

About The Director

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Jeremy has one steadfast rule for directing actors – get the hell out of their way and let them do what they do best. He says, “Actors put a great deal of thought into what they do. That’s not to say I don’t step in with my own two cents, but I prefer to start working off the choices they’ve already made.”

This didn’t go unnoticed by the actors. About Jeremy’s directing style, Zoie Palmer says, “I have such respect for Jeremy because he puts his heart and soul into his work and he is never deterred by anything that might stand in his way. His process is collaborative and he has a gift for understanding actors and knowing when he can step back and let them do their thing and when he should step in, and I appreciate that a great deal.”

On the collaborative atmosphere, Mary Krohnert suggests, “He really loves actors and believes that we can take what he gives us and make it even better. He invites actors he appreciates and trusts into his creative world and then allows himself to be curious about what they are drawn to, and listens to the questions they have about the story he is telling and the characters who are telling it. On set Jeremy trusts our choices and is open to any ideas we throw at him.”

For Kris Holden-Ried, this was the second time working with Jeremy, his first being The Untitled Work of Paul Shepard. Kris raves about Jeremy’s directing, saying, “Jeremy is a great director. He’s confident in his editing abilities and can see the film taking shape while he shoots, so he isn’t afraid to give his actors a lot of freedom.” And, he adds, “His inexhaustible good nature also makes him a joy to work with.”

Jay Brazeau truly appreciates Jeremy’s ear for comedy and knew that he wanted to be a part of this film from the moment he read the script. On set, he comments, “Jeremy is an actor’s director. He knows what he wants but he doesn’t force you to do it his way. He knows there are many ways to get to the same place and he was open to some changes about the character – little things that made it easier to complete the comedic journey.” Adding, “There were some improvs that took place but only when we thought we had enough in the can and could afford to play a little.”

Kristin Booth adds, “Jeremy was a pleasure to work with, both as a writer and director. Because he’s a father, he understood the plights of all the characters quite well. His set was very relaxed, calm, and fun.” 

Collage Jeremy inaction 900x369Katie Boland described Jeremy’s style as confident and relaxed and adds, “He’s a hilarious guy, so I definitely trusted him with all the comedy stuff.” Peter Keleghan put it quite simply, “Jeremy is a great director and writer and an upcoming force.”

Shannon Beckner had the pleasure of filming her scenes in Jeremy’s own home, which for her presented its own challenges. She says, “The majority of my scenes took place in Jeremy’s home so I was in the unique position of being directed by Jeremy in the presence of his wife and kids. Given the added pressure he must have felt with his children needing him and wanting to play while he had to work, he was exceedingly calm and generous with me and more than willing to try my ideas and alternate ways of seeing things.”

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