Published On: Sun, Apr 20th, 2014

Jesse Zwick puts together an impressive cast for his directorial debut

Jesse, the son of renowned Hollywood director Edward Zwick, also wrote the screenplay for “About Alex” which premiered at the recent Tribeca Film Festival.

"About Alex" Premiere - 2014 Tribeca Film Festival

(L-R) Nate Parker, Max Greenfield, Maggie Grace, Jesse Zwick, Aubrey Plaza, Jason Ritter, Adam Saunders and Edward Zwick attend the ‘About Alex’ Premiere during the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival

Jesse Zwick, son of renowned Hollywood director Edward Zwick, has already learned the benefits about having connections in the film industry, having succeeded in putting together a very strong cast for his recently released movie, “About Alex” which premiered last week at the Tribeca Film Festival in Manhattan.

Among the cast of  “About Alex”, which Jesse also wrote  were Aubrey Plaza, Jane Levy, Maggie Grace, Max Greenfield, Nate Parker, Jason Ritter and  Max Minghella.

Discussing the screenplay, Zwick recalled that he drew his inspiration as a student at Harvard University, and the strong friendships that he made there as well as the long term  pressures  that he and his circle of friends  had to cope with during their years of intensive study.

The story line of “About Alex” is based around a form of reunion to help and console one of the group who has suffered a form of breakdown leading to a failed suicide attempt, re-igniting emotions that had lain dormant within the group since their student years.

"About Alex" Premiere - 2014 Tribeca Film Festival

(R-L) Jesse Zwick ,  Edward Zwick

With obvious comparisons made to the  classic Eighties movie   Lawrence Kasdan’s  “The Big Chill”, although the storyline in “About Alex” differs considerably  in that the hero of the movie  Alex (played by Jason Ritter), does not succeed in his  suicide attempt, and was present at  the reunion of  his former college buddies, with  Max Greenfield , best known for his long running role in the TV  sitcom New Girl putting in a particularly outstanding performance.

Despite his strong family background in the movie industry, Jesse Zwick did not immediately gravitate towards the big screen after graduation, instead spending some time as a reporter  for the Washington DC-based magazine The New Republic, famous for their hard-hitting commentary on politics and the arts,   as well as as well as creating a number of screenplays and pilots, and eventually the writing team on  the long-running TV series “Parenthood”, which brought him back into the center of the movie world in Los Angeles.

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