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Years active  1996–present
Music director  The Comedy
Role  Filmmaker

Name  Rick Alverson
Music group  Gregor Samsa
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Full Name  Patrick James Alverson Jr.
Born  June 25, 1971 (age 44) (1971-06-25) Spokane, Washington
Occupation  Film director, screenwriter, cinematographer, producer, musician
Movies  The Comedy, Entertainment, New Jerusalem, The Builder, This Is She
Similar People  Gregg Turkington, Tim Heidecker, Tye Sheridan, Eric Wareheim, Amy Seimetz

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Rick Alverson [R. Alverson] is an American independent filmmaker living in Richmond, VA. His films have been characterized by their departure from traditional 3 act structure, use of unscripted dialogue, and confrontational nature.


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Alverson’s first films were considered neorealist in style because of their use of non-actors and unscripted dialogue, as well as their immigrant, working class subject matter. His first, The Builder (2010), featured co-writer Colm O'Leary in his debut performance as an Irish immigrant struggling to reconcile the American ideal and its manifestation in the real world. Premiering at Rotterdam Film Festival, New Jerusalem (2011), his second feature, starring Colm O'Leary and Will Oldham, again considered the immigrant experience, this time through the lens of religious ideology.

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The Comedy (2012), a departure from the subtle form and subject matter of Alverson’s previous films, starred cult-comic Tim Heidecker in his first dramatic role. The film’s subject matter and refusal to cast moral judgment on its characters were considered controversial. It examined the flawed idea of an attainable American utopia, a concept recurrent throughout Alverson’s work. Heidecker played Swanson, an upper class, white male confrontationally attempting to define the limitations of the world around him. The third film to be executive produced and funded by the independent record label Jagjaguwar, The Comedy premiered in U.S. dramatic competition at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

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His fourth feature, Entertainment (2015), starring Gregg Turkington, also cast comedic actors in a dramatic context, exploring the relationship between viewership and performance. Both formally and visually his most ambitious to date, the film garnered high praise from critics upon its U.S. premiere at Sundance. It premiered in international competition at the Locarno Film Festival. The Guardian called it “a road trip to the center of a harrowing abyss.” Magnolia Pictures released Entertainment in November 2015 to further critical praise.


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Alverson has directed music videos for Sharon Van Etten, Angel Olsen, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Benjamin Booker, Strand of Oaks, Night Beds, Gregor Samsa and Oneohtrix Point Never.


In addition to his directorial work he has released 9 records on Jagjaguwar, most recently with his band Spokane in 2007.


  • The Builder (2010)
  • New Jerusalem (2011)
  • The Comedy (2012)
  • Entertainment (2015)
  • Discography


  • Little Hours | Jagjaguwar (2007)
  • Measurement | Jagjaguwar (2005)
  • Able Bodies | Jagjaguwar (2003)
  • Close Quarters | Acuarela (2001)
  • Proud Graduates | Jagjaguwar (2001)
  • Leisure and Other Songs | Jagjaguwar (2000)
  • References

    Rick Alverson Wikipedia

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