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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.