Interview: Dave McCary Spills on Sundance Hit “Brigsby Bear”

This past January Dave McCary, a first time feature director who has a wealth of experience on the small screen, took his small movie to Park City in hopes of scoring a hit at the beloved Sundance Film Festival.  A few days later the fans had spoken - Brigsby Bear was an overwhelming success.

A writer for NBS’ Saturday Night Live McCary forgoes the slapstick comedy in his feature directorial debut, dialing into the relationships as we watch a young man come into his own with the help of some newly discovered family members, a camera, and a world he never knew was all his own.

We got to sit down with the director to discuss the film’s stacked cast, its heartfelt innocence, and the nostalgia that sits at its core.


About Stephen Davis

Stephen Davis
I owe this hobby/career to the one and only Stephanie Peterman who, while interning at Fox, told me that I had too many opinions and irrelevant information to keep it all bottled up inside. I survived my first rated R film, Alive, at the ripe age of 8, it took me months to grasp the fact that Julia Roberts actually died at the end of Steel Magnolias, and I might be the only person alive who actually enjoyed Sorority Row…for its comedic value of course. While my friends can drink you under the table, I can outwatch you when it comes iconic, yet horrid 80s films like Adventures in Babysitting and Troop Beverly Hills. I have no shame when it comes to what I like, and if you have a problem with that, then we’ll settle it on the racquetball court. I see too many movies to actually win any film trivia contest, so don’t waste your first pick on me. My friends rent movies from my bookcase shelves, and one day I do plan to start charging. I long to live in LA, where my movie obsession will actually help me fit in, but for now I am content with my home in Austin. I prefer indies to blockbusters, Longhorns to Sooners and Halloween to Friday the 13th. I miss the classics, as well as John Ritter, and I hope to one day sit down and interview the amazing Kate Winslet.

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