How do we grapple with the insatiable feeling of wanting more out of life?
How do we quell the “what if’s” that plague us? The hungry ghosts that haunt us? And the dissatisfaction that prevents us from being grateful for what we have?
These are the questions that I explore with the very talented Zoe Lister-Jones: a writer, producer, director, and actor you likely already know from her many film and television appearances, including the CBS sitcom ‘Life In Pieces,’ recent guest Zach Braff’s film ‘A Good Person’ and Ari Aster’s recently released ‘Beau Is Afraid’ starring Joaquin Phoenix.
Zoe wrote, directed, and produced the film ‘Band-Aid.’ She has also starred in films she co-wrote, including ‘Breaking Upwards,’ ‘Consumed, and ‘How It Ends,’ which she also co-directed.
Today we dive into the creative process and philosophical inquiry behind Zoe’s newest creation, Slip—the binge-worthy comedy series with a bit of a surreal sci-fi twist that involves parallel realities and alternate identities.
“In any creative pursuit, making something with audience tastes in mind is a death knell. Focus on the story only you can tell.”
– ZOE LISTER-JONES
Not only did Zoe create the series. Not only does she star in it. Not only did she write all seven episodes, she also directed each and every one of those episodes, an absolutely stunning achievement.
In addition to discussing Zoe’s creative process and inspiration, today we dig into the messy terrain of love, marriage, fidelity, divorce, addiction, and self-discovery that Slip explores. We talk about what it’s like growing up in New York City in a family of artists, making deeply authentic work, the responsibility she shoulders to empower other women in the arts, and ultimately, how to quiet the hungry ghosts lurking within us all.
Zoe is an artist in the truest sense of the word and I loved getting to know her through this conversation. It’s a privilege to share her story with you today.
Note: You can watch SLIP on Roku—FREE. Every episode is out and ready to binge.
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- Connect With Zoe: Twitter | Instagram
- Roku: Watch Slip
- IMDb: Zoe Lister-Jones
- YouTube: Beau Is Afraid | Official Trailer
- YouTube: SLIP | Official Trailer
- Collider: ‘Slip’ Review: Zoe Lister-Jones Explores Love & Identity in Poignant, Experimental Series | SXSW 2023
- The New York Times: Zoe Lister-Jones on ‘The Craft’ and Women’s Power
- Time: Zoe Lister-Jones on What Happens When You Only Hire Women Behind the Camera
- Entertainment Weekly: Study: Women behind the camera were just as scarce in 2014 as in 1998
- The Bare Magazine: Zoe Lister-Jones
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