Filmmaker Ry Russo-Young tosses a key on a string out the window to let the Henry crew into her apartment, where she instantly proves she’s as comfortable in front of the camera as behind it. Her reading from “The Factory of Facts” a memoir by Luc about piecing together one’s identity, is so fluid Russo-Young jokes that she feels like the host of a program on PBS.
Of her Sante selection she says:
I first read Sante in Germany, feeling all alone in a foreign place, and in a way, the amorphous quality of identify and anonymity felt very well suited to my own feelings of displacement at the time. And even when I’m back in New York I find myself often thinking of him during self-reflexive moments of not knowing.
Her reflection pays off, creating a foundation for inspiring projects. Like her film Nobody Walks, co-written with Lena Dunham and starring John Krasinski and Olivia Thirlby, which came out this year on Magnolia Pictures. She also has new work in the works: a feature and a television pilot for Bravo called Witch Hunt. Figuring out the parts that make you a person is a challenge, but we appreciate Russo-Young’s take. The work she shares opens up new realms of thought for us, like she’s thrown us a fresh key on a string.