James White

2015, 85 minutes

James, a twenty-something New Yorker, struggles to take control of his self-destructive behavior in the face of momentous family challenges.

In the middle of writing the script, Mond made an experimental short film precursor called ‘1009’ and had his close-friend, actor Christopher Abbott play the leading role. After the short, he decided that the part of James White was going to be written for Abbott. Abbott based his performance on people he'd met, especially New Yorkers, Josh Mond and himself. Cynthia Nixon met up with Mond after reading the script. Mond and Nixon bonded over the fact that they both were from Manhattan with artsy parents. Unfortunately, both Nixon and Mond's mother died of cancer, and Nixon herself being a cancer survivor.

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