Interview: Max Mayer - Writer & Director of Adam - Updated!
by Alex Billington
July 29, 2009
I first saw Max Mayer's Adam at Sundance back in January. I fell in love with it there in Park City and gave it a glowing review. My quote later ended up in the trailer and I have since been mentioning it it as much as I can (to the right people) because it is certainly a film I think a few people will fall in love with. While I didn't have the chance to talk with Max Mayer while I was at Sundance, I did finally catch up with him a few weeks ago in Hollywood while he was here promoting the release of the film (which will hit limited theaters starting tomorrow). And I'm certainly glad I finally got to talk with him! Read on to watch the full interview.
Watch my interview with Adam writer and director Max Mayer:
This interview was shot using my Flip Mino camera. As everyone knows, I only really do interviews when I really have something to talk about with the filmmaker, and this time that was certainly the case. I really wanted to get to the bottom of the change in the ending of the film (as I saw both the Sundance version and the latest version which had a completely new scene at the end that had been shot after Sundance). Adam stars Hugh Dancy and Rose Byrne and is being released by Fox Searchlight. It arrives in limited theaters tomorrow, but head to the official Fox Searchlight website for details: www.foxsearchlight.com/adam/.
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Bfrancis on Jul 28, 2009
Nate on Jul 28, 2009
I just wanted to send a shout out to folks about the new film "Adam". My husband and I attended a screening tonight and would highly recommend the film for many reasons. The writer/director Max Mayer has done a wonderful job with this in capturing what a person living with Asperger Syndrome experiences. From Adam's routines, to developing a relationship, challenges with employment, and living through loss, the film is very respectful and at the same time enlightening. There are many scenes in the film that will provide some foundation for a better understanding of Asperger Syndrome and the differing complexities and how those may affect individuals living with AS. There are scenes that we were grateful to see as parents; one involving an encounter with police, another where there is a discussion by a father with his daughter about compromising to have a relationship with Adam, and those about what transpires when parents pass away, are all done well and in a way that really embraces uniqueness and diversity. This film also doesn't focus on AS as much as it does in just the development of the two main characters as individuals and their relationship. The film too is visually stunning at times and if you love New York, that's another selling point. I'd urge folks to attend and am glad that an Indie film like this was picked up for wide release. There are several more free screenings being offered nationwide and you can find out about those and see the trailer here: http://www.foxsearchlight.com/adam/ There is also an interview with Max Mayer which can be located at the link below, but I'd urge folks to see the film first because it will be a spoiler for the ending otherwise. However after seeing this I knew that this film was made for a reason and had the insight of someone with AS, it's very obvious and I wanted to see why Mr. Mayer made the film. He discusses that in the interview. Enjoy and urge other folks that may support your family to go and see the film. It's worth it. One last suggestion, if you love a person with ASD, take some tissue...even my husband was moved by this film. Carolyn Proud mother of an eighteen year old son with ASD http://www.firstshowing.net/2009/07/29/interview-writer-and-director-of-adam-max-mayer/
Carolyn on Jul 29, 2009
Good interview Alex, I didn't really like the ending though. To me I think I needed more information about what happened to Beth.
Ken on Jul 30, 2009
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