Jaime Ray Newman in RUBBERNECK, a film by Alex Karpovsky and Garth Donovan and distributed by Tribeca Film. Photo courtesy Tribeca Film. All rights reserved.
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Opened: 02/22/2013 Limited
|Lincoln Ctr/NYC||02/22/2013 - 02/28/2013||7 days|
|Boston, MA||03/01/2013 - 03/07/2013||7 days|
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Months after a weekend fling, Boston research scientist Paul (Alex Karpovsky, "Girls") continues to lust after his beautiful coworker Danielle (Jamie Ray Newman), nurturing his fantasies with the occasional polite exchange at work. But once she starts dating another scientist at their lab, his infatuation quickly turns into obsession -- and he finds himself unable to control his desires. A slow-burn character study-turned-psychosexual thriller, co-written by Karpovsky and Garth Donovan, Rubberneck is a chillingly believable story of workplace romance gone wrong.
About the Production
A Note About Shooting In A Working Laboratory
The vast majority of scenes in RUBBERNECK occur in a scientific laboratory. Filming took place at TGA Sciences just north of Boston, which is a working facility devoted to malignant cancer research. The cast and crew worked side-by-side with TGA scientists in hopes of accurately depicting the everyday responsibilities of the laboratory. A workflow emerged where the words "action" and "cut" were seldom used and where the scientists began to increasingly ignore the shoot around them. With a small crew presence and minimal lighting, the production was able to seamlessly weave itself into the everyday fabric of the facility in hopes of capturing an atmospheric realism that was central to the film's raw and voyeuristic aesthetic.
A Note About Shooting In Boston
It seems like most of the films coming out of Boston today revolve around the world of crime; tales of heavily accented men with shamrock tattoos and closets full of hockey trophies and misguided pride. RUBBERNECK is a story about scientists and unreciprocated desire, and in its telling it was important for us to show that other stories lurk here in Boston besides those that slither through its seedy underbelly.
A Note About Our Fundraising Process
Some of our funds came from private investors and savings, but a good chunk came through old fashioned blood, sweat and metal. Filmmakers Garth Donovan & Alex Karpovsky raised a substantial portion of the film's budget by collecting discarded screen windows provided to them by a friendly contractor. They would fill the back of Garth's pickup (Donovan also runs a house painting company) with aluminum screens (after removing all the glass) and drive over to a scrap yard in Chelsea, just north of Boston. A full dump would typically land between $700-800, depending on the weight. The filmmakers estimate they made around 20 dumps during the "fundraising" stage of RUBBERNECK.
A Note About Our Influences
The slow-burning character-driven suspense and atmospheric tone of RUBBERNECK was, to some degree, inspired by the following films: BUBBLE (Steven Soderbergh), MORVERN CALLAR (Lynne Ramsay), MICHAEL CLAYTON (Tony Gilroy), CACHE (Michael Haneke), THE PIANO TEACHER (Michael Haneke), FATAL ATTRACTION (Adrian Lyne), and BIRTH (Jonathan Glazer).