Talk Easy with Sam Fragoso

Jay Duplass

Jay Duplass is a busy guy. Often alongside his younger brother Mark, Jay has left his distinct signature on dozens of projects over the past two decades, proving through his prolific yet singular work that the indie film spirit is still alive and well in America. Whether he’s acting, directing, writing, or producing, Jay is always creating art that’s imbued with a sense of unvarnished honesty. Movie fans since childhood, the Duplass brothers created a handful of short films before breaking onto the festival scene with The Puffy Chair in 2005. Since then, Jay has brought us films like Cyrus, Jeff Who Lives at Home, and the upcoming Outside In, as well the short-lived HBO series Togetherness. This week, he and Sam cover everything from how it felt to love movies pre-internet to the myths surrounding the Duplass brothers, as well as the spontaneity necessary for good filmmaking, and of course, the particular strangeness of being known to the public.

Show notes:

  • Jay’s new movie Outside In hits theaters March 30th. Check out the trailer here.
  • Transparent, Jeff, Who Lives at Home, and The Puffy Chair are all free to stream on Amazon Prime. Also, if you have Netflix check out Wild, Wild Country, the new docuseries produced by Jay and Mark that everyone you know is about to be talking about.
  • It doesn’t feel quite as magical as discovering it in a video store or coming across it on cable, but you can rent the movie Jay references as an early inspiration for his love of film, Raising Arizona, here.
  • Follow Jay’s Twitter to stay in the loop about the cool stuff he’s planning–like he and Mark’s book tour.

Music for the show is by Dylan Peck: www.dylanpeck.com

Original illustrations by Krishna Shenoi: www.krishnabalashenoi.com