Nick Allen on the Duplass Brothers

Left to right: Jason Segel plays Jeff and Ed Helms plays Pat in JEFF, WHO LIVES AT HOME, from Paramount Pictures and Indian Paintbrush. Photo credit: Hilary Bronwyn Gayle/Paramount Pictures.

With the previous night’s screening of “The Dark Knight Rises” still rolling around in my head, I dove headfirst into entirely different territory–the cinema of Mark and Jay Duplass–with the invaluable company of Nick Allen (whose fine work is available at With an incredible number of pictures in the cinema this year (my favorite, thus far, being Lynn Shelton’s “Your Sister’s Sister”), Mark has proven himself to be one of the most engaging and prolific actors in the business. Yet it was his directorial efforts with his brother Jay that first put his name on the indie map. In this podcast, Nick and I discuss Mark and Jay’s impressive body of work, including their latest film, “The Do Deca Pentathlon,” which will be released on Blu-ray and DVD September 18th. We discuss our love of “The Puffy Chair,” our peeves with “Jeff, Who Lives at Home,” and get into a profoundly strange ongoing debate of precisely how to pronounce the name “Duplass” (I’m still sticking with my original instinct, though I know I’ve been wrong before…I still have no idea how to pronounce “Hazanavicius”).

The program was produced at Columbia College Chicago. Technical producer was Rebecca Nystedt. An Indie Outlook Production.

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