Media Week For A Short History of Decay

Writer/director Michael Maren with stars Linda Lavin and Bryan Greenberg at a VIP screening for A Short History of Decay at The Crosby Street Hotel

Writer/director Michael Maren with stars Linda Lavin and Bryan Greenberg at a VIP screening for A Short History of Decay at The Crosby Street Hotel




A Short History of Decay Picked Up By Paladin


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Cucalorus 19 – ‘Short History’ is a crowd-pleaser

From The Wilmington Star News – 11/15/2013


“A Short History of Decay,” a dark comedy filmed in Wilmington last fall, returned to town Thursday for its Southeastern premiere at the Cucalorus Film Festival.tumblr_mlmxhox3wj1qgk0x7o1_500-395x600-1

Festival attendees stood in a line that trailed out the door of Thalian Hall to grab a seat for the film’s only screening.

The film follows a young writer (Bryan Greenberg) who returns to his Florida home to care for his ailing parents — his mother (Linda Lavin) suffering from Alzheimer’s and his father (Harris Yulin) recovering from a stroke.

Following the film, director Michael Maren participated in a Q&A with festival director Dan Brawley about the film’s local production and his personal inspiration for the film.

But before talk could get under way, the team at Cucalorus brought out a birthday cake for Maren, whose birthday is Friday. The cake read “A Short History of a Birthday.”

After blowing out the candles, Maren began to discuss the film, revealing that first person cast was Lavin, who was always his first choice to play the role. Maren’s grandfather and Lavin’s father were actually best friends who fished together in the 1940s. Yulin, a friend of Lavin’s, was the next to step on board.

According to Maren, the film was originally supposed to shoot in Florida, where it is set, until an investor pulled out at the last minute, after the crews had already spent $30,000 on pre-production. Unfortunately, delaying production meant losing original cast members Johnny Galecki (“The Big Bang Theory”) and America Ferrera (“Ugly Betty”), who were no longer available. The production was forced to recast the roles but Maren said he is happy with how it all turned out.

“Every time I see this film, I just marvel at the performances that are turned in by the entire cast,” he said.

The film’s story is a personal one for Maren, whose mother suffers from Alzheimer’s and whose father suffered a stroke, causing him to return home to care for them. In fact, he said he began writing the script for this film the first night he returned home sitting in his parent’s living room.

Maren went on to speak about filming in Wilmington, which was suggested to him by a producer after Florida fell through.

“We had the best time making this film in Wilmington,” he said. “We are trying to find a way to make another movie here. As long as you keep the incentives.”

Near the end of the Q&A, as Maren began fielding questions from the audience. Judy Duncan raised her hand, not to ask a question, but to thank Maren the opportunity to be a part of the film.

“I was talking to you a while on set and I didn’t get the chance to tell you that it was a privilege for me to donate my time because my dad died of Alzheimer’s. It was a tribute to him. So thank you,” she said.

Maren closed out the discussion by revealing that after he takes the film festival circuit, it will be released theatrically in mid-April.

A Short History of Decay at the Cucalorus Film Festival

A Short History of Decay goes home to Wilmington, NC on November 14 where it will play the Cucalorus Film Festival.

The Wilmcucalorus-logoington Star News calls A Short History of Decay one of the films to watch at the Cucalorus Film Festival.

You can purchase tickets and get more information about Cucalorus here.

A Short History of Decay in The Sag Harbor Express


Bryan Greenberg and Harris Yulin in Michael Maren’s film “A Short History of Decay.”

End of life issues are never easy to address… and are topics of discussion that families often push off for another day, despite the fact they are as inevitable as tomorrow’s sunrise.

Among the films screening as part of the Hamptons International Film Festival is “A Short History of Decay,” directed by Michael Maren and starring Bridgehampton’s own Harris Yulin.

The film tells the story of aspiring Brooklyn writer Nathan Fisher (Bryan Greenberg) and his brother, Jack (Benjamin King), who travel to Florida to deal with their aging parents. Their mother (Linda Lavin), is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s while their father (played by Yulin) has recently suffered a stroke, raising serious questions about what’s next.  Continue reading:

Hamptons Premier for A Short History of Decay

A Short History of Decay  premiered at the Hamptons International Film Festival on October 12.


Bryan Greenberg, director Michael Maren, and Emmanuelle Chriqui


Big Fan in Deal with Millennium Films

From Variety‘s coverage. The deal was also covered in The Wrap.


Millennium Films signs Darryl Marshak to production deal

Pact with Avi Lerner’s shingle is for two years

By Rachel Abrams

Millennium Films has signed Marshak Zachary Co.’s Darryl Marshak to a two-year first-look production deal.

Marshak is currently working on a film version of Peabody Award-winning NPR correspondent John Hockenberry’s memoir “Moving Violations,” which Michael Maren will adapt with Alfred Sapse producing.

“Darryl’s eye for material, his great relationships with talent and our twenty plus years of successful collaboration are the factors that led to this agreement,” said Millennium chairman Avi Lerner in a statement announcing Marshak’s deal.

Marshak is well-known for developing young actors. As an agent with Marshak, Liedtke Gold, the former rep famously advised Leonardo DiCaprio to take a role in “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” which earned the thesp an Oscar nomination.

“A Short History of Decay” is Wrapped

The Wilmington portion of A Short History of Decay is now a wrap.  The production received considerable attention in the local press, including this feature in the Wilmington Star News:

During the month-long shoot, Maren’s collaborative approach to filmmaking gave cast members an opportunity to weigh in on a process they know well.

“He (Maren) is very easy going. He doesn’t protect the script as much as some other writers do,” Lavin said during filming at a Wrightsville Beach home on Tuesday. “He’s working to let things go and allows improvisation. That’s a director that is going to get gold, because he’s doing the best thing a director can do – hopefully, hiring talented people and letting them do what they do best.” more…

And there was coverage on local television as well:

Linda Lavin joins “A Short History of Decay”

Fresh off her TONY nomination for The Lyons, Linda Lavin has joined the cast of A Short History of Decay and will be playing Sandy Fisher, a woman in the early stages of Alzheimer’s fighting to be there for her troubled family.  Filming begins Oct 1, 2012.

Film could put spotlight on Key

This article is from the Longboat Key Observer. We are no longer shooting the film on Longboat Key, but the spirit remains.

Longboat Key Observer

Bob and Sandy Fisher live in a condominium on Longboat Key.

Their son, Nathan, is a Brooklyn, N.Y., hipster/writer with no “real” job whose girlfriend, who works as a paralegal but has just written a book, dumped him. He ventured to the Key to be with his parents.

They may sound like your next-door neighbors, but the Fishers don’t live in your condominium.

They’re characters in the independent film, “A Short History of Decay,” that is both set on and will most likely be filmed on the Key.