Meet Philipp Wolter and Michelle Glick, the husband and wife team behind the Brooklyn-born FilmGym Productions. Wanting to merge their love of acting with their dreams of creating introspective films for the masses, the pair decided to create independent production company FilmGym in 2004, and have proven to be a force to reckon with ever since. A jack-of-all-trades couple, Wolter edits, directs, acts, and writes FilmGym’s shorts while Glick produces and acts. Their first solid effort The Bridge (2010), an inspiring short about the importance of stopping to look at the world around us, qualified for an Oscar nomination, and was named Best Short Film at the Athens International Film Festival. They also co-produced The Sea is All I Know (2011) starring Melissa Leo, which was also in consideration for an academy award nomination.
At Film Gym, they host monthly screenings of shorts films, and bi-weekly readings where directors, playwrights and screenwriters get a chance to receive artistic feedback. Currently FilmGym has wrapped up their script readings from the DOGMA series, which allowed artists to introduce a handful of scripts about Occupy Wall Street. I sat down with both Michelle Glick and Philipp Wolter to discuss what drives their creative energy, their films, and their desire to work in a homey comfort zone. (Read the rest of the interview here)