A woman’s car continues to give her trouble, and she has very little confidence keeping it together. —Red Bucket Films
As one of the more unusual independent film success stories during the mid- to late 2000s, Josh Safdie grew up in a Manhattan home with a New Yorker mother and a cinema-obsessed European father, who translated his love of filmmaking to Josh and his brother by constantly filming them. In his teens, Josh founded an eight-member production collective called Red Bucket Films, then formally enrolled in the film production program at Boston University.
Safdie and company produced a number of shorts under the Red Bucket imprimatur, such as the twin 2007 efforts The Back of Her Head and We’re Going to the Zoo, but took a step up in profile and recognition thanks to Josh’s meeting (via a mutual acquaintance, video artist Casey Neistadt) with the handbag entrepreneur Andy Spade, co-founder of Kate Spade Handbags. At the time, Safdie wanted to obtain funding for a feature entitled Yeah, Get On My Shoulders; Spade agreed on the condition that Safdie first direct a… read more