Podtalk: Director Lila Neugebauer on the ‘Causeway’ Effect

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CHICAGO – Lila Neugebauer has made the transition complete. The well-known stage director morphed into a behind the camera director, beginning with TV and culminating in her recent Apple TV+ film debut “Causeway,” featuring Jennifer Lawrence and Brian Tyree Henry in a film of hope and redemption.

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In this intimate drama, Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence is a army veteran struggling to adapt to her life in New Orleans after experiencing a head injury in Afghanistan. When she meets James (Brian Tyree Henry), a local mechanic with a difficult past of his own, she forges a bond that both helps and complicates her own road to recovery.

Lila Neugebauer made her mark as a stage director in New York. Her Off-Broadway work led to her Broadway debut in 2018 as a director of “The Waverly Gallery,” featuring show business legend Elaine May. This revival received a Tony nomination for Best Play, and garnered a win for Elaine May as Best Actress. This led into directing episodic television, including Mindy Kaling’s “The Sex Life of College Girls” on HBO Max. “Causeway” began streaming on Apple TV+ on November 4th.

Director Lila Neugebauer of ‘Causeway’
Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com

In a Podtalk with Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com, director Lila Neugebauer reflects on her directorial debut “Causeway” …

In a Podtalk Bonus Clip, Lila Neugebauer on the Red Carpet at the 58th Chicago International Film Festival …

”Causeway” is streaming on Apple TV+. Featuring Jennifer Lawrence, Brian Tyree Henry, Linda Emond, Danny Wolohan and Jayne Houdyshell. Written by Ottessa Moshfegh, Luke Goebel and Elizabeth Sanders. Directed by Lila Neugebauer. Rated “R”

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