Texan Filmmakers Seeing Success at Festivals
These days Molly Green and James Leffler are writing and directing movies together, but when they first met, standing in line for a South by Southwest film screening in 2007, they were just a couple of University of Texas undergraduates with a similar Hollywood dream. They struck up a conversation, and Green told Leffler about a short film she was making. Leffler suggested an alternate title. Green considered his idea, then shot it down.
By all accounts, it was the beginning of a beautiful writing partnership.
On May 15, they celebrate the official release of their first collaborative film, Forev. It stars fellow UT alums Matt Mider and Noël Wells – the latter now a cast member on Saturday Night Live – as neighbors who, in the course of a desert road trip, half-sarcastically agree to get married.
The two leads had been performing together for years, going back to Esther’s Follies in Austin. “We wanted to build something that would be a good fit for Matt and Noël’s dynamic,” Green says. “We thought, what a good way to put that on display – two people who barely know each other who’ve decided to get married.”