Interview: Filmmaker Meredith Danluck

State Like Sleep is an intriguing noir about a woman discovering her celebrity husbands double life after his death. The film debut at the Tribeca Film Festival. I had a chance to speak to the writer and director of the film, Meredith Danluck. Meredith joined me from Tribeca to discuss the film. Check out the full audio of the interview:


It was much appreciated on my end that Meredith was able to join me in the middle of the chaos of Tribeca and her film debut. I asker her about the noir element of the film and she made a great point about noir being more than just the look and tone. It was a great perspective what noir means to her and makes total sense.

I asked her about Katherine Waterston’s performance. She was definitely the key to the film. Surrounded by accomplished veteran actors like Shannon and Evans, she really does a nice job navigating the story as it goes back and forth in time.

I was was pretty surprised when Meredith revealed she loved surfing in her free time. For some reason it wasn’t the most common activity and hobby I’d associate with a film director, but when you live in California and the beach is nearby, it makes total sense. Still it takes a adventurous adrenaline junkie to be an avid surfer. I found it to be pretty cool that she surfs.

State Like Sleep is a compelling modern noir. Very good performances by some talented actors and a story that you need to pay attention to as it moves back and forth in time. The film has no release date yet, as it just debut at Tribeca, but keep an eye out on the release.

STATE LIKE SLEEP has no release date yet (TBD)

Written by Jim Alexander

Jim Alexander hails from Chicago where he started his journalism career as a film critic and founder of the Chicago Independent Film Critics Circle (CIFCC). He's a Rotten Tomatoes approved critic. Jim founded Reel Talker as a platform to share his love of movies and entertainment. Jim's favorite part of being a journalist is getting to meet and interview actors, filmmakers and entertainers. Jim is a host and on-camera personality for AfterBuzz TV. Aside from his work with Reel Talker, he's the site owner of the Bachelor Universe website, where he recaps and talks about all this ABC's 'The Bachelor'. He also runs the Reel Talker Podcast that can be found on iTunes. In his free time he enjoys attending sports events and playing in recreational leagues. He currently resides in Los Angeles.

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