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Day For Night: Director Nicole Holofcener

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Welcome to the first installment of the "Day for Night" series of filmmaker and cast conversations. Private screenings of upcoming films take place in New York and Los Angeles on a regular basis, after which the people who made them come and talk to the audience of other writers, directors and actors. I am frequently asked to moderate these discussions so I decided to start recording them, and to make them available to a wider audience here on The Huffington Post.

As the series develops, viewers will be able to submit questions for the filmmakers and cast, and have opportunities to attend. For today, however, I am just going to include a few clips from a recent conversation with writer/director Nicole Holofcener (Walking and Talking, Lovely & Amazing, Friends with Money, Please Give) about working with James Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfus on her new film, Enough Said.

If you are only familiar with Gandolfini from The Sopranos, there's much to appreciate in the work he does here, and more reason to selfishly mourn his recent passing. Louis-Dreyfus is a master of the sit-com form but also shows her ability to carry a romantic lead through a full narrative arc, which is a whole other skill set.

Here Holofcener talks about working with both, what they each bring to the table as actors, and the perhaps unlikely chemistry they sparked together. More extended conversations will follow this awards season, so follow us on Twitter to be alerted when they post.

Thank you for joining us. I'm looking forward to the events to come. Stay tuned!

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Working with James Gandolfini

Working with James from Gotham Arts on Vimeo.

Chemistry between Gandolfini and Louis-Dreyfus

Chemestry from Gotham Arts on Vimeo.

Gandolfini's method

Gandolfini's method from Gotham Arts on Vimeo.

Casting Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Casting Julia from Gotham Arts on Vimeo.

Casting James Gandolfini

Casting James from Gotham Arts on Vimeo.

Rob Feld is a contributing writer to the DGA QUARTERLY, WRITTEN BY magazine and CINEMONTAGE, the journals of the Directors Guild of America, Writers Guild of America, and the Motion Pictures Editors Guild, respectively, where his interviews with noted filmmakers appear regularly. He has also contributed to AMERICAN CINEMATOGRAPHER, and is a contributing editor of Newmarket Press' SHOOTING SCRIPT book series.

Feld teaches screenwriting/directing at the School of Visual Arts and New York University, and his short film, Love, Lots of It, which starred Campbell Scott, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and is now available on iTunes.