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Dana Adam Shapiro Tries ‘Monogamy’ with Oscilloscope Laboratories

Dana Adam Shapiro blasted onto the scene with Murderball, a Sundance doc about fear-less wheelchair warriors consumed by a modified full-contact sport of rugby. His first narrative feature film Monogamy, which just got picked up by Oscilloscope Laboratories, is described as a cautionary tale about sex, photography, and fear of marriage.

Dana Adam Shapiro blasted onto the scene with Murderball, a Sundance doc about fear-less wheelchair warriors consumed by a modified full-contact sport of rugby. His first narrative feature film Monogamy, which just got picked up by Oscilloscope Laboratories, is described as a cautionary tale about sex, photography, and fear of marriage. I found this clip on the filmmaker’s site that sees actress Rashida Jones totally nail it – love her character’s response. Here’s the synopsis on the film which Oscilloscope will peg with a 2011 date – and below is a Youtube clip of premiere night at the Tribeca Film Festival which may contain some spoilers.

Co-written by Shapiro and Evan M. Wiener, anxious about his impending marriage to Nat (Jones) and thoroughly bored with his day job as a wedding photographer, Theo (Chris Messina) establishes a hobby: he’s hired by clients to clandestinely snap voyeuristic photos of them as they go about their days. Things go smoothly until a sexy exhibitionist (Meital Dohan) leads him into an all-consuming obsession. Stalking her day and night, the woman’s mysterious public trysts send Theo reeling, forcing him to confront uncomfortable truths about his sex life at home.

 



 

 

 

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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