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Mighty Movie Podcast: Lawrence Michael Levine and Sophia Takal on Gabi on the Roof in July

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2011-01-20-wcgabgar_410.jpgThe people behind Gabi on the Roof in July pretty much created their film on a whim: director/star Lawrence Michael Levine wanted to follow up his previous project, Territory, but was finding trouble matching his ambitions with what the market would fund. Meanwhile, co-star/ producer Sophia Takal was willing to put up some residuals from a commercial shoot if Levine could strip his aspirations back enough to get things done on a shoestring budget. The result: a spontaneous, semi-improvised, sometimes funny and occasionally raunchy tale of a New York artist (Levine), prompted into personal reevaluation by Gabi, his impulsive, college-age younger sister (Takal).

The film's been making the rounds of fests and will be playing in Brooklyn for the next week -- hopefully someone will recognize that its energy and naturalistic performances deserve to be seen by a wider audience. In the meantime, click on the player to hear my conversation with Levine and Takal.

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