January 21, 2010

SUNDANCE '10 PODCAST: Dax Shepard & Katie Aselton ("The Freebie")

THE FREEBIE's Katie Aselton and Dax Shepard

The 2010 Sundance Film Festival opens today, and indieWIRE correspondent Eric Kohn and LA Weekly's Karina Longworth have already both weighed in rather astutely on the festival's NEXT section, a showcase for low-budget indies. In that particular mix is the intimate relationship dramedy The Freebie, the directorial debut of The Puffy Chair star Katie Aselton—who can also be seen at the fest in Cyrus, co-directed by her husband Mark Duplass. Dax Shepard (Idiocracy, Employee of the Month) co-stars:

Darren (Shepard) and Annie (Aselton) have an enviable relationship built on love, trust, and communication. After seven years of marriage, they wouldn’t change their relationship one bit. They still enjoy each other’s company and laugh at each other’s jokes, but, unfortunately, they can’t remember the last time they had sex. When a dinner party conversation leads to an honest discussion about the state of their love life, and a bikini photo shoot leads to crossword puzzles instead of sex, they begin to flirt with a way to spice things up. The deal: one night of no-strings-attached sex with a stranger for each of them. Can one night of freedom be just what they need?

A few days before The Freebie's world premiere, I spoke with Aselton and Shepard about their collaboration, being too candid among friends, whether Aselton is concerned with the film's passing resemblance to Humpday, and if Shepard recognizes how miserably prescient Idiocracy seems with each passing year.

To listen to the podcast, click here. (18:10)

Podcast Music
INTRO: Antonio Carlos Jobim: "Dax Rides"
OUTRO: The Anomalies: "Employee of the Month"

[The Freebie screens at the Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30. For more info, visit the festival website.]



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Posted by ahillis at January 21, 2010 2:31 PM