Shepard & Dark

Shepard & Dark

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Shepard & Dark (2012/2013)

Opened: 09/25/2013 Limited

IFC Center09/25/2013 - 10/03/20139 days
Music Hall 310/11/2013 - 10/17/20137 days

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Genre: Documentary

Rated: Unrated

A documentary by Treva Wurmfeld featuring Sam Shepard and Johnny Dark.


Sam Shepard and Johnny Dark met in Greenwich Village in the early 1960s and, despite leading very different lives, remained close friends ever since. Shepard became a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright (Buried Child) and an Academy Award-nominated actor (THE RIGHT STUFF), while Dark was a homebody who supported himself with odd jobs. Through the decades, they stayed bonded by family ties. Dark married an older woman named Scarlett and Shepard married her daughter. For years, the two couples lived together, until Shepard broke away for a relationship with Jessica Lange in 1983, leaving Johnny to help father his first son. Nevertheless, he and Dark continued writing to each other, amassing hundreds of letters.

Director Treva Wurmfeld began filming the two friends in 2010 during a period of transition and reflection for Shepard. At the time, he had quietly ended his relationship with Lange and agreed to publish his correspondence with Dark. The task required them to meet and sift through years of their shared history, stirring memories both good and bad. Wurmfeld observes the two men over a period of 18 months and captures an indelible portrait of a complex male friendship rarely depicted on screen.

About the Director

Treva Wurmfeld has been working in documentary and television since 2005. Her feature debut SHEPARD AND DARK made its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2012 and won top awards at the Woodstock, Florida and Cleveland Film Festivals.

Recently Wurmfeld was nominated for the Camera d'Or at Cannes. Previously, she produced for the Emmy Award winning A&E series Intervention. In 2008, she wrote, directed and produced the short film Oyster. She began her career as a visual effects assistant on Doug Liman's MR. AND MRS. SMITH and went on to produce the EPK for Liman's JUMPER, FAIR GAME, and ALL YOU NEED TO KILL. She received her MFA in Video Art from Hunter College in 2006.