Produced in partnership with, and directed by Drake Doremus
The 17th annual Tribeca Film Festival is in full swing in New York City, showcasing 96 incredible films over 12 days. Included in this lineup is Scott Free Productions’ Zoe, produced by Kevin Walsh and Michael Pruss in partnership with Director Drake Doremus (“Like Crazy,” “Newness”). The new feature film made its world premiere at the festival as this year’s Centerpiece Gala.
Zoe is a sci-fi drama based on two colleagues at a revolutionary research lab that yearn for a connection that’s real in a future world where cutting-edge technologies can simulate the high of true love. The feature film starring Ewan McGregor, Léa Seydoux, Rashida Jones, and Theo James is what The Hollywood Reporter called “a beautifully acted, affecting drama that teases some questions society may need to answer sooner than we expect.”
An expert in mixing improvised and scripted work, Drake created an environment on set that encouraged organic reactions from the actors to create that intimacy and authenticity that fans have come to know and adore in his work. His style overall provided a very unique experience for the actors:
“I didn’t know that I would enjoy improvisations as much as I did. We had a script, and we would do versions of the script, and then we would do versions where we didn’t do the dialogue at all—like a piece of jazz music, something you improvised around those lines,” Ewan McGregor said to Deadline. “I thought that perhaps, as an actor, a part of your brain would be so concerned about finding clever words to say that you would not be in the moment, but I found it not to be the case at all. I really liked it, and I found it very freeing.”
When discussing the film, Drake told The Hollywood Reporter, “hopefully, it’s a very modern movie about all the struggles that everyone goes through thinking about how technology can somehow fix any hole in your heart, and how at the end of the day, we’re just humans still and we’re trying to figure that out.”
On top of premiering as Tribeca’s Centerpiece Gala, Zoe has officially been picked up by Amazon Studios and is set to hit Pime this summer. (Full story on DEADLINE.)
Congrats to the cast and crew for all the success!