Cooper Raiff is the writer, director, producer, editor and star of one of my favorite films of the year, Shithouse, which won the Grand Jury Prize at this year's SXSW Film Festival. The 23-year-old has a cinematic instinct and a sophisticated perception of people and himself that denies his years. In this episode he tells a wonderful story about how Jay Duplass got to see his short film and how he was instrumental in producing Shithouse. He talks at length about his time at the Dallas Young Actors Studio and how this foundational work gave him the tools he needed to tell his story on both sides of the camera. Also, why it was important for him to bring a certain kind of love, comfort and care to the film, the brilliance of his co-star Dylan Gelula, why he's not afraid of losing his voice in the film business and much more. (Shithouse opens on Friday, October 16.)
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