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Flashback: Director Joseph Lewis Discusses His Film “Tyler B Nice”

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Cast of “Tyler B Nice” (l. to r.) Tyler Jenich, Director Joseph Lewis, Emilia Richeson

by Legendary Lew

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the production of the Joseph Lewis feature, Tyler B Nice, the strange film about a party gone wrong. It’s gotten the critical acclaim of people like Andrew Bujalski and is really due for a discovery.

We present here comments by the director and TUGM co-founder Joseph R. Lewis. His statements from ten years ago still hold truth for those who want to get the best results in independent media.


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“She’s the one that you left me for so why don’t you tell me who she is and why she’s so special and why you love her more than me!”  -Emilia in TBN

I quickly, inconspicuously poured a quick nip of whiskey into my friends’ Starbucks coffee cups.    Tyler and Emilia were sitting across from me.  I hadn’t told them anything except that I wanted us all to sit down together.

The previous day I had been walking down Tremont Street and it suddenly struck me that I would be graduating from college in 8 months and then many things would vanish: friends, time, the equipment cage, Boston…that’s when I realized that I needed to make another movie immediately.  I thought of Tyler and Emilia first thing and said to myself: TYLER B NICE.  It was October, 2004.

That fall I was reeling, as I usually was right before deciding to make a movie.  I hadn’t yet learned how to not be a mess without making a movie.  I had just ended my marriage with Sarah.  I hated her then for making me confront the fact that I wasn’t happy and the marriage wasn’t working.  I’m not a quitter.  This was before I knew the difference between quitting and moving on.  Anger.  Desperation.  Stupidity.  That was plenty to make a movie with back then.

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I screwed the cap back onto my flask and passed Ty and Em their whiskey-tainted beverages and I said, “I want to make a movie with you.  I don’t know what it’s about yet…all I know is that you two are siblings.  CHEERS!”

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