Lili Taylor joins ROY’S WORLD: BARRY GIFFORD & CHICAGO.

Lili Taylor, via AV CLUB

Lili Taylor, via AV CLUB

Born in Glencoe, Illinois, as a young actress Lili had a brief stint at DePaul University and also spent some time training with Del Close. In other words, she’s perfect for a documentary about 1950s-era Chicago! I am so excited to have her onboard alongside Willem Dafoe and Matt Dillon.

I suppose my earliest memory of her as a filmgoer is the occasion when, as a college freshman in 1993, my dad came to visit me in Chicago. To pass the time one evening he suggested we go to a movie and asked me if there was anything playing I wanted to go see. Well, I was a huge fan of Robert Altman and Short Cuts had just opened (in 70mm!) at Piper’s Alley. So off we went. Little did I know that the film included such dad-and-son-unfriendly moments as a phone sex worker plying her trade, graphic nudity, and copious drug use. I don’t think my dad said two words about the movie after it was over. Over the years, I’ve seen it too many times to count and Lili’s performance as Honey has always been one of my favorite things. So it’s an amazing honor to work with her on ROY’S WORLD!

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3 things about Kasper Collin’s I CALLED HIM MORGAN

I Called Him Morgan [2016]

1. Most audacious creative choice: not featuring “The Sidewinder,” Morgan’s most famous tune, on the soundtrack!
2. The world’s dustiest cassette player.
3. An encounter with Miles Davis. “And who are you supposed to be?”

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3 things about George Cukor’s SYLVIA SCARLETT

Sylvia Scarlett [1935]

1. At certain moments Hepburn looks exactly like Low-era David Bowie!
2. Gymnastic rings in his living room. She sidles over and hoists herself onto them.
3. “You’re acting like a pig!”
“It’s a pig’s world.”

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3 things about Robert Altman’s SHORT CUTS

Short Cuts [1993]

1. Little sausage people.
2. Holding two cigarettes at the same time. “Oh, man. Oh, that could just fuck your life up!”
3. He wields a baking paddle.

3 other things.

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3 things about Richard LaGravenese’s LIVING OUT LOUD

Living Out Loud [1998]

1. She brushes the top of his head; he looks around.
2. “What if I was standing behind you?”
3. The masseur gets comfortable.

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Some exciting news about my documentary …

coming soon. ROY’S WORLD is about to add another narrator. Keep your eyes peeled right here.

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3 things about Bruce Weber’s LET’S GET LOST

Let’s Get Lost [1988]

1. The quartet was together for 11 months.
2. Behind him, a giant picture of Jean-Paul Belmondo.
3. “What’s your favorite high, Chet?”
“The kind that scares other people to death.” Speedball.

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