The Couple That Directs Together ... with a Television Show in Development, a Documentary Nearly Wrapped, and Their Feature Film Lake City-Starring Sissy Spacek-Released This November, Hunter Hill and Perry Moore Are Building a Media Empire

By Scholibo, Corey | The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine), December 2, 2008 | Go to article overview

The Couple That Directs Together ... with a Television Show in Development, a Documentary Nearly Wrapped, and Their Feature Film Lake City-Starring Sissy Spacek-Released This November, Hunter Hill and Perry Moore Are Building a Media Empire


Scholibo, Corey, The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)


HUNTER HILL AND PERRY MOORE are proof that opposites attract. The executive director of Paper magazine, Hill is lean and angular, dressed in a crisp black dress shirt, jeans, and a gray blazer. Sitting at a table at Bar Pitti in Manhattan, he clutches his Dior sunglasses and his BlackBerry while he fidgets in his chair and constantly scans the room. In contrast, Moore, his partner in business as well as life, is the picture of calm. Wearing jeans, a brightly colored plaid shirt, and a brown sweater vest, the former White House intern and author of Hero, a young-adult novel about a gay teenage superhero, looks lost in thought as he smiles beneath squinting eyes. Moore is better known in the entertainment industry for bringing The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and the sequel Prince Caspian, based on the classic C.S. Lewis novels, to the big screen. (On the set, cast and crew call him "Papa Perry.")

Hill and Moore have written dozens of films together in the 13 years they've been a couple, but this November's release of Lake City marks the first time one's actually gotten off the ground. "I think the stars just aligned," Hill says. Indeed, Lake City stars Sissy Spacek, Troy Garity, Rebecca Romijn, Drea de Matteo, Dave Matthews, and Allison Sarofim. The production designer, David Crank, recently worked on There Will Be Blood and John Adams. And composer Aaron Zigman (The Notebook) took what little he was being paid from the film's modest budget and hired an 80-piece orchestra to make the score even better. It's an impressive roster of talent for first-time directors, though perhaps to be expected from a couple who vacation regularly with Julianne Moore in Montauk, N.Y., and were guests at Rebecca Romijn's 2007 wedding to Jerry O'Connell.

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Lake City is a simple story of loss-or "the wound that never heals," as Hill puts it. Spacek plays a mother whose son died tragically at an early age. When her other son, who's involved with crime and drugs, returns home one day with his girlfriend's son, Spacek's character slowly learns to move past the pain through her relation ship with the little boy. Set in a small town in Virginia, the state where Moore grew up (and Matthews and Spacek now live), Lake City is based on the experiences of a childhood friend of Hill's, but he and Moore wrote, directed, and produced the film entirely as a team. …

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