Red Flag: Spotlight on Alex Karpovsky
Castro TheatreSat, Jul 27, 2013 7:15 PM Not Available
Grand Lake TheaterSun, Aug 11, 2013 8:45 PM Not Available
Film Info
Director(s):Alex Karpovsky
Country:United States
Year of Production:2012
Running Time:83
Categories:New York New York
Special Events:Spotlight of Alex Karpovsky
New York

Buy a Young Adult Pass and be invited to a Meet & Greet after the San Francisco screening.

A star of HBO's hit comedy series, Girls, Lena Denham's Tiny Furniture and the upcoming Coen Brothers film, Inside Llewyn Davis, Alex Karpovsky is one of America's hottest emerging filmmakers and actors.  Often blurring the line between his onscreen and off-screen neurotic persona which he describes as "his little jewish engine of anxiety and guilt," Karpovsky is a new generations's Woody Allen.  His debut film The Hole Story finds him in Minnesota documenting a rare black hole engulfing the icy plains, and eventuually his very sanity.  Filmmaker magazine labeled the film "equal measures Woody Allen and Werner Herzog."  In Woodpecker we follow fanatical bird watchers in rural Arkansas as they search for the illusive bird to hilarious results.  Trust Us, This Is All Made Up is a performance film about two improv comics, while Rubberneck finds Karpovsky dabbling in the thriller genre to bold results.  In Red Flag, Karpovsky's newest film as director/writer/actor, is perhaps his most biting satire on the subject he knows best: himself.  In Red Flag Karpovsky plays Karpovsky, an indie filmmaker recently dumped by his girlfriend, touring the South with his film Woodpecker to half-empty theaters.  Along the way he's joined by an old buddy and "his biggest fan" in the hysterical road trip comedy. -Joshua Moore
Alex Karpovsky will appear live at the Castro Theatre, followed by clips and discussion.


Additional Information

Alex Karpovsky is an actor, writer and director, best known as series regular Ray Ploshansky in the HBO comedy series Girls. Karpovsky’s directorial feature debut, THE HOLE STORY, was completed in 2006. The critically acclaimed dark comedy screened at over 50 festivals, garnered numerous awards, and Filmmaker Magazine named Alex as one of its 25 New Faces of Independent Film. Karpovsky’s follow-up features, WOODPECKER and TRUST US, THIS IS ALL MADE UP, premiered at the 2008 and 2009 South by Southwest Film Festivals, respectively. In 2012 Alex directed and starred in RUBBERNECK, a psychosexual thriller which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. As an actor, Karpovsky played the male lead in BEESWAX (2009 Berlinale); the voices of several Russian gangsters in the video game GRAND THEFT AUTO IV; Mean Man Mike in HARMONY AND ME (2009 New Directors/New Films Series); Paul Lucas in LOVERS OF HATE (2010 Sundance Film Festival); Vlad in BASS ACKWARDS (2010 Sundance Film Festival); Jed in TINY FURNITURE (2010 SXSW Film Festival); Paul in THE GROWNUPS, (2010 Cannes Film Festival); CODEPENDENT LESBIAN SPACE ALIEN SEEKS SAME (2011 Sundance Film Festival); Wally Combs in WUSS, (2011 SXSW Film Festival); Ian Gilmore in SLEEPWALK WITH ME (2012 Sundance Film Festival); and Nick Berger in SUPPORTING CHARACTERS (2012 Tribeca Film Fetsival). He will also appear as Marty Green in the upcoming Coen Brothers film, INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS.