Since having their first taste of the festival circuit at Sundance in 2002 with This is John, Mark and Jay Duplass have acquired a reputation for making emotional family-driven films on the budget of a shoestring. While some directors go through periods of messing around with what works, the Duplass brothers have stayed consistent in capturing the best in their actors whether it’s transitioning from an independent release to making their modest leap into mainstream.
Although Jay and Mark shouldn’t be underestimated by how they can spread a buck, the studios backing bigger films like Cyrus and Jeff, Who Lives At Home ultimately gave the brothers a little breathing room to accomplish the task of creating stories about everyday people, and how they relate to one another. In the time between The Puffy Chair and Cyrus, the brothers were given space to create The Do-Deca-Pentathlon.
With Pentathlon they’re back to their humble beginnings; the film follows two sports-driven brothers (played by Mark Kelly and Steve Zissis) with a handheld camera in a guerilla-styled manner that brings the audience in from macro to micro, beat to beat. Mark and Jay capture the moments that unfurl in between the chaos with their lens, proving that two filmmakers can evolve as creators without having to change what they ultimately know how to do best. (Read the full interview @ The Rumpus)