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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

How Dasha Nekrasova is calling the shots

You know how some people are always talking about directing a movie and co-hosting a popular podcast and being on the most popular show on television? Someone has done it all: Dasha Nekrasova.

Nekrasova, 30, is a self-proclaimed provocateur and artistic polymath whom fans of the recently completed season of “Succession” will recognize as Comfrey, a crisis public relations representative cast to hell by Kendall Roy. Before that, she was best known for Red Scare, an irreverent cultural-criticism podcast she co-hosts with her friend Anna Khachiyan.

She first came to public attention through a “woman on the street” interview with InfoWars, which went viral, and her interest in conspiracy theories may be unnerving to some fans, even if friends defend her. But it is this interest that underlies “The Scary of Sixty-First”, his directorial debut, which he starred in and wrote with Madeline Quinn.

The film (opening now in theaters and on digital platforms December 24) is a spooky, creepy horror film about young roommates, played by Betsy Brown and Nekrasova’s collaborator Quinn, who live in an apartment on the Upper East Side. go.

But not just any apartment: It was once owned by Jeffrey Epstein, the disgraced financier who killed himself in prison in 2019 following his arrest on sex trafficking charges.

Nekrasova said she decided to make a horror film centered on Epstein because she was “obsessed” with his death. “It kind of broke my mind,” she said in a phone interview. Nekrasova believes, as does her character in the film, that Epstein — “based on my research,” she said — did not die by suicide, but was killed.

“My interest in filmmaking and in Jeffrey Epstein matched the genre,” she said. “Apart from me already engaged in it, it was a good way to tell the story. It was so scary. It was so monstrous.”

In the film, Nekrasova plays a young woman who has an obsession with Epstein’s death, and the many conspiracy theories surrounding it grow, while a demonic force turns the characters into a mini-cauldron of paranoia, sexual frenzy, and the butcher. gives. Shot at 16 millimeters, the film almost looks like a lo-fi Sundance breakout from 1991, and brings to mind the gritty thriller of renegade filmmaker Abel Ferrara, whom Nekrasova cites as an inspiration.

“The Scary of Sixty-First” is receiving a mix of critical reactions. Its co-star, Brown, said that as dark as the film is, it is “a romp to watch” with audiences, especially horror ones, because “it says we can take the absurdity of this disgusting man.” and can laugh” of uneasiness.

“Dasha is doing something cathartic,” she said.

In conversation, Nekrasova comes across as the definitive Gen X, even if she’s a millennial—with a disaffected and deceptively unmistakable slacker. whatever The ethos that takes a keen interest in understanding even those with whom it disagrees.

Nekrasova was born in Minsk, Belarus, and moved with her parents several times to Las Vegas, where she attended a performing arts high school. She said she liked horror when she saw the trailer for “The Exorcist” and saw Linda Blair descend the stairs in a backbend.

“It really implanted itself into my consciousness,” she said.

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Nekrasova went viral in 2018 for a video in which an Infowars reporter held her in a corner on the south side of South West Interview about socialism. Nekrasova handled the gotcha exchange with grace, but also a “girl, please” troop. In the video, she wears a fitted sailor top, as if she is on a break from a rehearsal for “Anything Goes”, leading to what has been called sailor socialism on social media.

“It happened around the time I started my podcast, and it contributed to the audience we’ve been able to amass,” she said. “I’m glad people are still enjoying it.”

Three years later, the video doesn’t turn out to be an act of sabotage against Infowars as much as it does a meet-cute: In November, Nekrasova posted a photo to Instagram of herself and Khachiyan, that of Alex Jones, Infowars plays with the host. Fake stories spread about the deadly 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown, Conn., and defamation lawsuits were filed by the families of 10 victims, all of whom they lost. Nekrasova and Khachiyan also released an interview with Jones and Alex Lee Moyer, director of a documentary about the far-right broadcaster.

In later episodes, Nekrasova called Jones “an incredible entertainer” and wondered whether her belief about the Sandy Hook shooting might have been a psychotic episode set off by her childhood trauma.

She stands by herself, even as some of her social media followers blanched. (“Ooof that’s not a good look,” said one commenter.)

“I think yes, he’s an artist,” she said over the phone. “He’s in a space that not many people are. He’s between a pundit and an artist.”

Director Alex Ross Perry (“Her Smell”), a friend of Nekrasova, calls her “naturally a paradox”, as in a live issue of the news magazine The Week.

Perry, who conducted a Q&A with Nekrasova on Saturday after the screening, said, “One paragraph is a very pro-Bernie Sanders perspective from a newspaper and the next is a conservative paper telling you what you’ve read.” It is wrong.” He did his film in Manhattan. “I enjoy it – listening to that thing you hear a lot, followed by a very deliberation about why it might be bullshit, followed by an acknowledgment that it might be bullshit because We are powerless in this system, which is kind of what the film is about.”

Brown believes that Nekrasova is “provoking people to misunderstand her” to highlight the fact that you can’t understand someone based on who she decides to interview.

“To take her entire existence,” Brown said, “is to accept that people are complicated, and you can say one thing, but in a few weeks it doesn’t mean that and it’s not the end of the world.”

Nekrasova is calling the shots from all four perspectives: political provocateur, truth-seeker, ardent lampooner, outsider producer.

“We’re in a time where everything is shiny and over-produced, and to look something raw or off the cuff or DIY feels like a throwback to an early era,” Nekrasova said. “People talk about a culture war, but this isn’t the first time we’ve been in a culture war.”

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