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INTERVIEW: Zal Batmanglij Separates Fact from Fiction for thriller THE EAST

1:15 PM 5/31/2013 by Sara Vizcarrondo
In 2009, Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling took a journey. “We lived on the road, exploring America’s underground,” Batmanglij says. There they met men and women who were hopping trains, dumpster diving and living outside as a political gesture. At the time, “it wasn’t research, it was just living life.” The two were interested in “infiltrating the film industry” which makes this story of a piece with The Sound of My Voice, their last thriller about infiltrating a culture, but at the time they met this era’s conscientious objectors, they had no plans to make a film about them.

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