Saturday Night Live and Broad City writer Chris Kelly’s feature directorial debut Other People has been the talk of Park City since its premiere last Thursday, which was met with a standing ovation. And this was no fluke—the pic received yet another ovation the very next morning. Kelly visited Deadline Sundance space at the Samsung Studio to discuss the making of the Valencia, CA-shot, Sacramento-set tragicomedy, which features an outstanding ensemble blending exciting up-and-coming talent (Maude Apatow, Madisen Beaty, J.J. Totah) as well as notable thesps Bradley Whitford, Silicon Valley‘s Zach Woods, SNL alum Molly Shannon and Breaking Bad‘s Jesse Plemons. Other People follows David (Plemons) a struggling New York City writer, who in the wake of breaking up with his boyfriend, moves back to his home in Sacramento to tend to his dying mother (Shannon). For Kelly, Other People was a chance for him to break free from his comedic sensibilities and transition to drama. Sundance screenings are still left: Tomorrow at The Marc and Saturday at Peery’s Egyptian Theater.
Deadline’s Sundance production team includes Leica Camera USA, Rotolight, Ben Turok and Sydney Cahoon as camera operators, John Kreidler as DP and Sal Castellanos and Carson Culver as editors.