This week’s episode of The Road to Cinema Podcast features Maya Forbes, the writer/director of the new film “Infinitely Polar Bear.” Forbes turned her personal story of family dysfunction into a humanistic dramedy of pathos featuring a standout cast. Based on Forbes’ own father, Mark Ruffalo gives one of his most subtle and exuberant performances as a father suffering from bi-polar disorder while being forced to supervise his two young daughters while his wife, played by Zoe Saldana, pursues a masters degree in New York City. The film is immersed in late 1970s Boston, giving us the nuanced detail of Forbes’ own childhood experience.
Maya Forbes shares her development process for the screenplay, delving into her personal recollections of her father which inspired Mark Ruffalo’s performance in the film. We also explore Forbes’ journey into directing her first feature film as well as her collaboration process with her production designer and editor to craft “Infinitely Polar Bear” with the utmost attention to detail.
Watch the trailer for “Infinitely Polar Bear” Now playing in theaters in New York and Los Angeles and coming soon to theaters around the U.S.!
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2014. Sundance Film Festival. Writer/director Maya Forbes surrounded by her “Infinitely Polar Bear” family; Zoe Saldana, Mark Ruffalo, Forbes’ on and off-screen daughter Imogene Wolodarsky, and Ashley Aufderhide.