Magazine article Variety

'King' Inspires 'Carmen'

Magazine article Variety

'King' Inspires 'Carmen'

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Chloe Sevigny has spent her career as an actress working with some of the most idiosyncratic and demanding directors in contemporary cinema; that she would someday try her hand at directing seemed a foregone conclusion, but the way she's set about doing it is appropriately her own.

Her first short, "Kitty," was a classically constructed magical-realist fable about a little girl who slowly transitions into a cat. For her second, "Carmen," Sevigny made an abrupt shiftin style, crafting an improvisatory, entirely naturalistic snapshot of a standup comedian's lonely life on the road. Sevigny says she began conceptualizing the short after her "umpteenth" viewing of Martin Scorsese's "The King of Comedy," though it wasn't necessarily the standup comedy world that interested her.

"I was obsessed with tall women because of Sandra Bernhard's character in 'King of Comedy' what she does with that character is one of my favorite things in film of all time," Sevigny says. "I have a friend who works at Upright Citizens Brigade, and I reached out to her and said, 'Do you know any interesting, tall women?'"

Sevigny was sent a clip of Carmen Lynch, who in addition to being a rising standup star, is also quite tall. She immediately sought Lynch out at a New York comedy club, where the two began trading ideas for the short, with Lynch's actual standup material interspersed with slices of her (fictionalized) life on the road. …

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