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Along with his brother Mark (who’s also also a prolific actor and stars on The League), Jay Duplassis the co-writer/director of films like Cyrus and Jeff, Who Lives at Home. The Duplass brothers broke onto the scene with their Sundance and SXSW hit, The Puffy Chair. Along with a group of other upcoming indie filmmakers, the two focused on inexpensive digital video productions and lo-fi films involving naturalistic dialogue and amateur actors (commonly referred to as “mumblecore“). Jay was in town for the Vancouver International Film Festival, speaking at the VIFF Industry conference on Totally Indie Day talking Crossing Over: From Indie to Studio on his experiences in filmmaking.
This past year has been a whirlwind for Jay as he was busy working on writing and directing (with his brother, of course) his upcoming HBO show, Togetherness, premiering in early 2015. Aside from that, he was in front of the camera filming a starring role as a series regular (his only other notable acting job is a few guest appearances with Mark on The Mindy Project) on Jill Solloway’s excellent Amazon streaming television series, Transparent, a family comedy/drama centred on a transgendered women played by Jeffrey Tambor). He accidentally gained the part through ironically discussing the difficulty of casting the role (Joshy, a successful, Jewish womanizer in his thirties) with Solloway at a dinner with other filmmakers.
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