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Karyn Kusama on The Invitation and Being Comfortable in Her Skin

The gifted director talks about recognizing the strangeness in great works of art.

Karyn Kusama.
Director Karyn Kusama in 2009 in Los Angeles.

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This week on the Moment, Brian talks to Karyn Kusama, director of The Invitation, which is currently available on-demand by clicking here. Karyn is the director of three additional films, including the Sundance award-winning movie Girlfight. Today on the show, Karyn talks about the movies that influenced The Invitation (4:00), recognizing the strangeness in great works of art (11:00), and why men are afforded more opportunities than women in the movie-making business (26:00). Plus, Brian and Karyn discuss how directing television keeps you creatively fit (38:00); how Karyn checks in with herself about the work she wants to be creating (42:00); and why, in adulthood, she’s finally finding strength in being a vulnerable human being (53:00).


Topics mentioned:
The Invitation
Jennifer’s Body
Aeon Flux
The Parallax View
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Rosemary’s Baby
Halt and Catch Fire
Chicago Fire
Man in the High Castle
Mickey One
McCabe and Mrs. Miller
The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone
Bonnie and Clyde
Splendor in the Grass
She’s Gotta Have It
Raising Arizona
Parting Glances
The Brother From Another Planet
Stranger than Paradise
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Valley Girl
Look Who’s Talking
You Can Count on Me
Berlin Alexanderplatz
The Kingdom
Series 1
Marjorie Morningstar by Herman Wouk

People mentioned:
The Wachowskis
Harold Bloom
Agnès Varda
Jim Jarmusch
Steven Soderbergh
Jean-Luc Godard
Rainer Werner Fassbinder
Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi
Derek Haas
John Sayles
Haruki Murakami

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