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Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden
Posted September 01, 2010 to photo album "Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden"
An introduction to the fast-rising writer-director partnership behind the latest comedy from Focus Features, It’s Kind of a Funny Story.
By the time Boden and Fleck raised the money needed for their first feature, they had bonded deeply with their characters. Commented Boden to New England Film, “Living with the script and the characters for four years was invaluable…. We knew the heart of the film, even if a shot or an exact line changed; we knew the emotional center of the film." For Fleck, during this time the movie crystallized into a tale capturing a sense of post-9/11 civic frustration. Speaking to Filmmaker magazine, he said, “I was trying to get active politically but feeling totally powerless. That was where the seed of the character came from, this guy thinking he’s grown up, feeling like he needs to make a difference in the world somehow, and the more he tries, the more he kind of fucks things up. It comes from that emotion, that feeling of total frustration and powerlessness.” Shareeka Epps reprised her role from Gowanus, Brooklyn as the preternaturally wise student and Ryan Gosling stepped into the part of the drug-addicted teacher. During production, Fleck and Boden honed their collaborative way of working with more resources and a bigger crew than their short. “I’m on the set all the time,” commented Boden to New England Film. “We shot list together, we make all the decisions together. And when I’m editing, he’s in the editing room a lot.”