'Love After Love', Acclaimed Film by Columbia Filmmakers Premieres March 30
March 28, 2018
UPDATE: Love After Love opened March 29th as the New York Times Critic's Pick.
Love After Love, a feature film starring Chris O’Dowd and Andie MacDowell, opens tomorrow, March 30th at the IFC Center, and then around the country. The film represents a collaboration among alumni, current students, and faculty.
Director and co-writer, Russ Harbaugh ’11 worked with Professor of Professional Practice Eric Mendelsohn who co-wrote and executive produced the film. An impressive team of Columbia filmmakers also worked on the film, including Chris Teague ’06 (Director of Photography), John Magary ’07 (Editor and Supporting Actor), recent adjunct and alumnus Andrew Hauser ’12 (Post Supervisor), Graham Mason ’11 (Supporting Actor), Alex Goldberg ’11 (Supporting Actor), Stephen Lee ’18, Federica Gianna ’17, and Pinar Yorgancioglu ’16 (Assistant Editors), and Mark Sean Haynes ’17 (Post Production Assistant).
“Following the death of their father, two sons deal with the trials of their lives while watching their mother explore new beginnings of her own,” according to the film’s synopsis.
The film had its World Premiere last summer at the Tribeca Film Festival where it received the award for Best Cinematography in a U.S. Narrative Feature and was nominated for Best U.S. Narrative Feature. The film also received early acclaim. The Hollywood Reporter called it, “Elegant and unsentimental… A granular portrait of a family in the years following the death of its patriarch, the film draws richly shaded performances from a strong cast headed by Chris O'Dowd, effectively tamping down his natural funnyman instincts, alongside Andie MacDowell in her most nuanced role in years.”
David Ehrlich of Indiewire wrote, “Like a traditional melodrama that’s been thoroughly filleted and then pounded flat, Russell Harbaugh’s raw and exquisite Love After Love is a very honest film about how things change when someone is gone, which means that it’s also a film about how they don’t.”
Following its Tribeca premiere, Love After Love was acquired by IFC Films.
“Love After Love was made by a hungry group of artists obsessed with movies and excited by the risk of attempting something new,” Harbaugh told Variety during that time. “I’m proud of what we made and how we made it and thrilled that our work has found a true champion in IFC Films.”
Nick Schager of Variety also gave the film a strong review: “Bolstered by superb lead turns from Chris O’Dowd and Andie MacDowell, as well as a formal structure that enhances the roiling emotions propelling its characters into a downward spiral, Love After Love is an assured debut feature that announces its writer-director as a formidable new American indie voice.”
“Harbaugh clearly knows and loves his characters, even at their most imperfect, and that intimacy allows him to dispense almost entirely with conventional exposition,” David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter goes on. “Harbaugh coaxes fine, unfalteringly natural work from the entire cast.”
Watch the complete trailer below.