"To sit alone with images on a screen... given to us by people who do not love us but want our money. And that's fine in low doses, but if it's the basic main staple of your diet, you're gonna die." (From the Film)


SUMMARY

The story of the five-day interview between Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky and acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace, which took place right after the 1996 publication of Wallace`s groundbreaking epic novel, `Infinite Jest.`

Imagine David Foster Wallace in his unpretentious 90s home with his two black dogs, Alanis poster on his wall, Barney towel covering the bathroom window and copies of 'Infinite Jest' scattered around. Post 'Infinite Jest' fame, this cult figure of American literature is about to finish his reading tour of the book. He is joined by David Lipsky from Rolling Stone who would like to visit Wallace in his natural habitat and pen an article about him, after all Wallace is heralded by everyone as one of the best young writers. The two writers are in their thirties. One wants to be like the other one, the other is not sure what he has become. What follows is a very American treat: roadside diner conversations, chewed tobaccos, mega size soft drinks and snacks that sit at the core of loneliness and addiction, themes Wallace always returns to. The End of the Tour is a very simple film. In fact, it is so simple that you may want to rave to a chamber orchestra after its finished!

FESTIVALS

2015 SUNDANCE, Seattle

ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

American director, producer and screenwriter James Ponsoldt was born in 1978. He is known for his features Off the Black (2006), Smashed (2012), and The Spectacular Now (2013, !f 2014). The End of the Tour (2015) is his latest feature.

CREDITS


  • Director
    JAMES PONSOLDT
  • Screenplay
    DONALD MARGULIES
  • Cinematography
    JAKOB IHRE
  • Editing
    DARRIN NAVARRO
  • Music
    DANNY ELFMAN
  • Cast
    JESSE EISENBERG, JASON SEGEL, ANNA CHLUMSKY, JOAN CUSACK, MAMIE GUMMER
  • Producer
    DAVID KANTER, MATT DEROSS, JAMES DAHL, MARK MANUEL, TED O’NEAL
  • Production Co.
    KILBURN MEDIA
  • Distributor
    FABULA,