From Westport to Hollywood
Westport has a long history of connections to Hollywood. Although probably best known as the home of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, and current resident, producer Harvey Weinstein, there have been many other representatives of the movie industry who have lived in Westport. Just last week a former resident and graduate of Staples HS, Sarah Koskoff, was in the news when her movie, Hello I Must be Going, opened in New York City. Ms. Koskoff wrote the screenplay and her director husband, Todd Luiso, filmed scenes in Westport at the home of Ms. Koskoff’s parents. Starring Melanie Lynskey and Blythe Danner, this movie was the opening night selection at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. Ms. Lynskey received great reviews as a recent divorcee who returns to the home of her parents as she attempts to come to terms with her life.
Ms. Koskoff is one of several Staples HS graduates who are making their marks on Hollywood. Luke Greenfield, (class of 1990), went on to attend the University of Southern California’s renowned film school and is now directing and producing both movies and television. You can find two of his films, The Girl Next Door and Something Borrowed (based on the Emily Giffen novel) in our collection. Luke also produced Role Models, featuring Paul Rudd and Jane Lynch.
Just released on DVD is another movie from a Staples grad- Lola Versus, directed by Darryl Wein, class of 2002. Lola Versus is the story of a young woman who has been dumped by her fiancée a few weeks before her wedding. Actress Greta Gerwig stars in the movie along with Zoe Lister Jones. Lola Versus debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival this year and was co-written by Wein and Ms. Jones. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School, this is Darryl’s second full length film and his second collaboration with Ms. Jones. His first feature length film was Breaking Upwards which he also directed, co-wrote and starred in with Ms. Jones. Breaking Upwards is about a young couple who are trying to break up their relationshipin a way that will allow them to avoid getting hurt, but still have an open relationship. Some of the reviews compared Mr. Wein to an early Woody Allen, and the NY Times called it “a thoroughly charming romantic comedy that takes a fresh look at a spoiled relationship.”
I’m looking forward to seeing what this next generation of movie makers is planning and hope that the Westport to Hollywood connection continues to grow.