Born Alexandra Brittany Marling in Chicago, Illinois, 1983, Brit Marling is an American writer, producer, director, and actress. She first gained heady recognition at the 27th Sundance Film Festival in 2011 with the premier of “Another Earth” which she co-wrote and co-directed with Mike Cahill. The film won the Alfred P. Sloan Prize for outstanding film with science, technology or math as a major theme and the Audience Award in the category of Narrative Feature at the 2011 Maui Film Festival.
Though Brit Marling dabbled in acting with school plays during her younger days in school, she ended up attending college at Georgetown University where she majored in economics and art, graduating in 2005. She interned shortly for Goldman Sachs during a summer and was headed towards making it as an accomplished analyst. However, she felt that life wasn’t the one she wanted and opted to move to L.A. with Mike Cahill, a former boyfriend and aspiring director whom she would later collaborate with. Despite having no formal training in acting, she met Harry Master George who took her under his wing.
Brit has spent most of her career as a writer and actress working alongside Cahill, first with the documentary film, “Boxers and Ballerinas” (2004), which Cahill directed, and “Sound of My Voice”, which debuted at Sundance alongside “Another Earth”.
“Another Earth” tells the tale of a young woman Rhonda (Marling) who discovers a new planet while driving home one night. Trying to get a better look, she inadvertently causes a car accident, killing the mother and child in the other vehicle. After serving a prison sentence of four years, Rhonda goes on a search to find the husband who survived the accident. Meanwhile, the whole of the scientific community is preoccupied with this seemingly mirror Earth that appeared mysteriously in the sky and there is talk of an expedition to send someone to the planet’s surface to see if it really is a parallel world. Both Marling and Cahill admit they wrote the script together with the intention of a story heavily inspired by their dual love of science fiction, and the prospect of confronting one’s self and destiny.
Ever since the release of this film at the Sundance Film Festival, attention has been focused on this up-and-rising starlette who majored in economics. Rumors swirl of her working on films with such A-listers as Tom Cruise in the near future. Right now, she appears in one episode of the NBC drama “Community” and is shooting on the set of the film “Arbitrage” with Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon.
Rumors flew at a recent screening of the Sundance sci-fi standout “Another Earth” that the film’s striking blond lead and co-writer, Brit Marling, was dating one of the indie rockers in Vampire Weekend. But the reason the hipster band was on hand at the premiere — and at the after-party at the Top of the Standard — was purely platonic. Zal Batmanglij, the director of one of Marling’s other upcoming movies, “Sound of My Voice,” is the brother of Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij. Marling has been friends with members of the New York band since her days as an undergrad at Georgetown.
Source: HD Digest
Now open in a limited, but expanding release is Sundance 2011 award winner ‘Another Earth.’ Star Brit Marling co-wrote the screenplay with director Mike Cahill and recently took some time to talk with High-Def Digest about her life, her motivations, her influences, her experiences.
Although the name Brit Marling may not ring a bell, with her talent, it will in the very near future. Her face, though, may be recognizable. If you watched the second season of NBC’s ‘Community,’ you know her as Britta’s “gay friend” Page.
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Sometimes the Sundance Film Festival plucks an actor or filmmaker from obscurity and completely changes their life. For the 2011 edition of the festival, there was no talent more lauded out of nowhere than Brit Marling.
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Step aside, comic-book heroes, teen wizards and hapless hangover sufferers. Sundance breakout Brit Marling aims to upend the male domination of this year’s summer cinema when her festival hit, Another Earth, opens Friday.
No superpowers, magical spells or Advil required. Instead, this economics major has bewitched audiences with a potent combination of beauty and brains that some say recalls the young Meryl Streep. She has been lauded for possessing what The Hollywood Reporter has described as “a face of utter transparency,” one that allows Marling to express myriad emotions without uttering a sound. Although this might not work to her advantage during a game of party poker, it certainly seems to serve her well on screen. Not only is Marling hotly tipped for big things on screen, she is also receiving a great deal of critical acclaim for her work behind the camera.
It might have taken a while for another multi-talented blonde, Kristen Wiig, to realize she could crack the A-list ranks by co-writing a showcase like Bridesmaids. But Marling, 27, a class valedictorian at Georgetown University, started spinning the sorts of stories she wanted to appear in soon after she realized that acting, not investment banking, was her true calling.