SUNDANCE PREVIEW 2007
(World Premiere at Sundance Film Festival - January 22, 2007)
Director: Justin Theroux
Screenwriter: David Bromberg
Cast: Billy Crudup, Tom Wilkinson, Mandy Moore, Bob Balaban, Dianne Weist
New York City actor Justin Theroux has made a smart, stylish directorial debut with DEDICATION, a love story in which a misanthropic, emotionally complex author of a hit children’s book series (Billy Crudup) is forced to team with a beautiful illustrator (Mandy Moore) after his best friend and creative collaborator (Tom Wilkinson) passes away.
Theroux brings an actor’s pitch-perfect casting sense to the film: Bob Balaban and Dianne Weist are priceless as Crudup’s publisher and Moore’s mother, while Moore, very much a grown-up here, comes into her own opposite powerhouse Crudup. DEDICATION was shot entirely on location in New York City by cinematographer Stephen Kazmierski, whose sharp eye for detail is equally at home in Balaban’s sleek midtown office as it is in Crudup’s dingy Lower East Side loft, while the film’s excellent soundtrack, featuring Deerhoof, Leadbelly, Cat Power, Fischerspooner and The Strokes completes DEDICATION’s youthfully restless mood.