22-year-old Aura returns home to her artist mother's TriBeCa loft with the following: a useless film theory degree, 357 hits on her Youtube page, a boyfriend who's left her to find himself at Burning Man, a dying hamster, and her tail between her legs. Luckily, her trainwreck childhood best friend never left home, the restaurant down the block is hiring, and ill-advised romantic possibilities lurk around every corner. Aura quickly throws away her liberal-arts clogs and careens into her old/new life: a dead-end hostess job, parties on chilly East Village fire escapes, stealing twenties out of her mother's Prada purse, pathetic Brooklyn "art shows," prison-style tattoos done out of sheer boredom, drinking all the wine in her mother's neatly organized cabinets, competing with her prodigious teenage sister, and desperate sex in a giant metal pipe. Surrounded on all sides by what she could become, Aura just wants someone to tell her who she is.
Lena Dunham writes, directs and stars as Aura, the girl who really wants you to know that she is having a very, very hard time. Lena's mother, photographer Laurie Simmons, plays the fictional mother of Aura, and Dunham's precocious sister Grace Dunham plays Nadine, Aura's precocious sister. Alex Karpovsky and David Call are two very different but equally humiliating romantic interests; Jemima Kirke and Merritt Wever are Aura's diametrically opposed friends. This is Dunham's second feature film; the first, Creative Nonfiction, premiered at SXSW in March 2009.
Writer / Director / "Aura"
Lena graduated from Oberlin College in 2008, where she studied Creative Writing. Her first short film, Dealing, premiered at the 2007 Slamdance Film Festival. Her first feature, Creative Nonfiction, premiered at SXSW 2009. She has made two webseries, Tight Shots and Delusional Downtown Divas. In 2009, she was commissioned to make ten more episodes of DDD to project at the Guggenheim's first annual Art Awards, an event which the Divas hosted in character (and Lena co-wrote the teleplay.) In 2009, she was named one of Filmmaker Magazine's "25 New Faces of Independent Film". She writes about film and interesting characters for various publications, including Interview Magazine, Onion A/V Club, HammertoNail.com. She loves to tweet.
Laurie Simmons ("Siri") is an internationally recognized artist. Since the mid-70's, Simmons has staged scenes for her camera with dolls, ventriloquist dummies, mannequins and occasionally people, to create images with intensely psychological subtexts. Her photographic based works are collected by many museums including in New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art and the Guggenheim as well as The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Walker Art Center and the Hara Museum, Tokyo. In 2006 she produced and directed her first film titled "The Music of Regret", starring Meryl Streep, Adam Guettel and the Alvin Ailey 2 Dancers with cinematography by Ed Lachman. The film premiered at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and has been screened at many international museums and film festivals. Simmons was featured in Season 4 of the PBS series "Art 21: Art in the Twenty- First Century". She is currently preparing her next exhibition for the Sperone Westwater Gallery, NYC. Simmons lives and works in New York City and Cornwall, Connecticut with her husband, the painter Carroll Dunham and their two daughters Lena and Grace.
Grace was born in New York City in 1992. She is currently a senior at Saint Ann's School in Brooklyn, New York, where she is a contributing writer to the Saint Ann's Ram and a yearbook staff member. She is an involved playwright and theater director, and an active debater, having been one of four elected candidates for president of Princeton Model Congress (nb: "State of Grace" campaign buttons still available for purchase.) She is the 2009 recipient of the Poetry Society of America's Louise Louis/Emily F. Bourne poetry prize. She will matriculate at Brown University in the fall of 2010.
Alex's first feature-length film, The Hole Story, was described by Indiewire as "Amazing: smart, hilarious and surprisingly profound." The existential black comedy earned Alex a slot in Filmmaker Magazine's annual "25 New Faces of Independent Film" in 2006, a short-listing for the "Someone to Watch" Independent Spirit Award, and the key to a rural city in Northern Minnesota. Alex's award-winning follow-up, Woodpecker, premiered at the 2008 SXSW Film Festival and his next feature, Trust Us, This Is All Made Up, premiered at SXSW in 2009. Occasionally posing as a formidable actor, Alex most recently played the male lead in Beeswax, a new film by Andrew Bujalski which premiered at the 2009 Berlin Film Festival, the voices of several Russian gangsters in the recently released Grand Theft Auto IV, Mean Man Mike in Robert Byington's Harmony and Me, which premiered at the 2009 New Directors/New Films, and will appear in Bryan Poyser's Sundance 2010 Competition Film Lovers of Hate. Alex hopes to shoot his next film, a psychological thriller, in the Boston area later this year.
David Call left the mountains of the Northwest when he was 17 to come to New York to study acting and make generous donations to NYU. Since then he has appeared in several films, most recently Did You Hear About the Morgans? w/ Hugh Grant, as well as Evening w/ Vanessa Redgrave and Claire Danes, Beautiful Ohio, Breaking Upwards (SXSW '08) and The Notorious Bettie Page. He will soon be seen in Alistair Banks Griffin's Two Gates of Sleep w/ Brady Corbet. He has also worked extensively in television and can currently be seen in recurring roles on Rescue Me, Fringe, and Mercy, as well as past appearances on Numb3rs, Army Wives and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. He recently directed, produced and acted in the short film B.U.S.T., about a Marine visiting his sister on the eve of his redeployment to Iraq.
Soon to be seen in Oren Moverman's The Messenger and Noah Buschel's The Missing Person, Merritt Wever's film credits including supporting and featured roles in Into the Wild, Michael Clayton, Righteous Kill w/Al Pacino, M. Night Shyamalan's Signs, NBC's "Studio 60 On the Sunset Strip," A Hole in One w/ Meatloaf Aday & Michelle Williams, The Adventures of Sebastian Cole starring Adrian Grenier, All I Wanna Do w/Kirsten Dunst, Ed Zwick's "The 1/4 Life," "The Wire," "Law and Order," as well as numerous New York and Los Angeles stage credits. She currently co-stars on Showtime's "Nurse Jackie" with Edie Falco and is appearing in "The Female of the Species," with Annette Bening, at the Geffen Playhouse in LA.
Jemima was born on April 26th, 1985 in London and raised there until she was ten years old. Since then she has lived in New York City where she attended the Little Red School House and later Saint Ann's High School, where she met Lena Dunham. She moved on to study fine arts at the Rhode Island School of Design where she majored in painting. She now resides in the East Village and works from her studio in Williamsburg.
|Alicia Van Couvering
Alicia is a New York City native who began working in independent film at age 16, as an associate producer for Oscar-winning documentarian Barbara Kopple on her film My Generation. She has worked as an assistant to producer Mike S. Ryan on such films as Junebug, Todd Solondz's Palindromes and Life During Wartime; other production credits include Comedy Central's Important Things with Demetri Martin, Cruz Angeles Don't Let Me Drown, Alex Rivera's Sleep Dealer, Lee Daniels' Precious, Rebecca Miller's The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, and Bertha Bay-Sa Pan's Almost Perfect, numerous art installations and music videos and is currently in pre-production on the next feature by Ronald Bronstein (Frownland). She is a contributing editor to Filmmaker Magazine.
Kyle Martin graduated from NYU's Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television in 2007 and began working alternatively in advertising production as well as the independent film community. Working as a Producer for Jay Walter Thompson, Kyle has overseen production of broadcast television spots and branded online content for Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson, Smirnoff, Macy's, and Cadbury Adams. Kyle's first film as an independent Producer was the short film Blue Dress, winner of the Best Student Film Award at the Hamptons International Film Festival. Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell, his first feature length documentary, premiered at the 2007 Berlin Film Festival, was released theatrically by Plexi in the fall of 2008, and aired on the Sundance Channel in the spring of 2009. His follow up feature length documentary, Brock Enright: Good Times Will Never Be The Same, premiered at the 2009 South by Southwest Film Festival and is slated for release via Factory 25 in 2010. He recently completed production on NY Export: Opus Jazz, the first feature film adaptation of a Jerome Robbins work since "West Side Story". Opus Jazz will premiere this coming March nationwide on PBS's Great Performances series.
|Jody Lee Lipes
Director of Photography
One of Filmmaker Magazine's 25 New Faces 2009, Jody Lee Lipes wrote and directed a scripted adaptation of the Jerome Robbins ballet NY Export: Opus Jazz (SXSW '10). Starring members of the New York City Ballet and shot on 35mm, the film will air nationally on PBS's Great Performances as an hour long program in March of 2010. Jody's first feature length documentary, Brock Enright: Good Times Will Never Be The Same (slated for a 2010 release), premiered at SXSW '09, won a Special Jury Prize at Sarasota, and played the prestigious Hot Docs film festival in Toronto. In addition to lensing his own projects, Jody has earned DP credits on Afterschool (Cannes '08), Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell (Berlin '08), Tiny Furniture (SXSW '10), Only Good Things(Rotterdam '10), and the forthcoming narrative feature Two Gates of Sleep.
Lance Edmands graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in 2005. In addition to Tiny Furniture, his feature editing credits include Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell, and Brock Enright: Good Times Will Never Be The Same. His commercial clients include Sharp, Delta, Siemens, Citibank, and Adobe. As a writer/director, Lance has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Jane Morisson Film Fund, and the Warner Bros. Film Production Award. His short films have screened at the Director's Guild of America and the Student Academy Awards. He is currently developing his first feature, Bluebird, which was invited to the 2010 Sundance Screenwriters Lab.
Teddy is a singer-songwriter and performer whose debut solo EP, Complications, featuring six songs about strange diseases and medical trauma, was released in July 2009. Previously, as lead singer of synth-pop duo the Gaskets, he shared bills with a diverse group of artists, including Girl Talk, Camper Van Beethoven, R&B singer Monica, Daniel Johnston, Violent Femmes, Mudhoney, and Weird Al. He provided the score for Lena Dunham's first feature, Creative Nonfiction, as well as her web series Tight Shots. Along with Adam Squires, he runs the Brooklyn-based graphic design studio CHIPS, who made the film titles, website, and promotional materials for Tiny Furniture.
- Indiewire: Anne Thomson Profiles Lena Dunham
- Entertainment Weekly: Review by Lisa Schwartzbaum
- Salon: Review by Andrew O'Hehir
- The Village Voice: You Can Go Home Again
- Wall Street Journal : Tiny Voice Makes A Big Noise
- New York Times : Breakthrough Performances 2010
- New York Times : Lena Dunham Finds Her Worth in 'Tiny Furniture'
- Variety: SXSW Announces Award Winners
- Hammertonail.com: Attention Festival Programmers: 2010