Writer-director Dustin Guy Defa joins The Close-Up to discuss his new film Person to Person, which was an official selection at the New Directors/New Films festival earlier this year, and is now playing at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Click here for tickets.

This understated yet ambitious sophomore feature by one of American independent cinema‚Äôs most exciting young voices features an ensemble cast that includes Michael Cera, Abbi Jacobson, Philip Baker Hall, and Tavi Gevinson. The Film Society’s assistant programmer Dan Sullivan caught up with Dustin Guy Defa this week to talk about his influences, his approach to the film’s ensemble structure, and his many notable shorts.

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