Person to Person

USA | 2017 | 84 minutes | Dustin Guy Defa

Over the course of a single day, a variety of eccentric New Yorkers experience everything from ordinary problems to existential dilemmas in this wry, urbane comedy with a sprawling cast that includes Michael Cera, Philip Baker Hall, and Abbi Jacobson ("Broad City").

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Echoing the '70s big-city character studies of filmmakers John Cassavetes and Woody Allen, Person to Person introduces us to several individuals over the course of one autumn day in New York. Journalist and metal-head Phil (played with signature uncomfortable charm by Michael Cera) takes trainee Claire (Abbi Jacobson, "Broad City") on a jaunt throughout the city that, to Claire's unease, quickly becomes a murder investigation. Record-collector Benny (Bene Coopersmith) sets out to meet a guy about a rare vinyl and ends up getting ripped off, kick-starting a bicycle chase through the alleys of Manhattan. His roommate Ray (George Sample III) tries to reconcile with his girlfriend after lashing out and posting nude pictures of her on the Internet—something he's devastatingly ashamed of—and last but not least, anxious teen Wendy (played to perfection by Tavi Gevinson, Enough Said) is trying to decipher her fluid sexuality after some unexpected feelings show up for her best friend's boyfriend's friend. These vignettes, though they don't pointedly interact, are all connected by the city and the themes that surround them. Shot on opulent Super 16mm film, Dustin Guy Defa expands on his 2014 short of the same name and directs an ensemble indie cast that is both charming and timeless.

Director Biography

Dustin Guy Defa's feature film Bad Fever was named one of the best films of 2012 by The New Yorker. His short film Person to Person (2014) premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and won awards at the Berlin International Film Festival, SXSW Film Festival, and Hot Docs. His short Family Nightmare also screened at the Sundance Film Festival. In 2015, the Film Society of Lincoln Center presented a weeklong retrospective of his short films.

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  • Director: Dustin Guy Defa
  • Principal Cast: Michael Cera, Abbi Jacobson, Tavi Gevinson, Isiah Whitlock, Michaela Watkins, Philip Baker Hall, Olivia Lucciardi
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2017
  • Running Time: 84 minutes
  • Producer: Sara Murphy, Toby Halbrooks, James Johnston
  • Screenplay: Dustin Guy Defa
  • Cinematographers: Ashley Connor
  • Editors: Dustin Guy Defa
  • Filmography: Bad Fever (2011)
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Magnolia Pictures
  • International Sales: UTA