Shannon Plumb

Shannon Plumb has shot over 200 short films, which have been exhibited in museums, galleries, and on international screens. She started by shooting herself as various characters, acting out three-minute situations using humor and silence as her vehicles for storytelling. In 2013, her first feature film, Towheads, premiered at MoMA as part of New Directors / New Films. You can see her short films at shannonplumb.com and Towheads is available on Netflix and iTunes. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, director Derek Cianfrance, and their two sons.

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I’ve Been a Clown and I’m Terrified of Scary Movies, So Of Course I Saw It

By Shannon Plumb | September 19, 2017

I’ve Been a Clown and I’m Terrified of Scary Movies, So Of Course I Saw It

Shannon Plumb braves her first horror movie in two decades, and ponders how a beloved comic figure became an icon of evil.

Marjorie Prime and Memories of My Father (Still-Living)

By Shannon Plumb | August 23, 2017

Marjorie Prime and Memories of My Father (Still-Living)

Shannon Plumb pens a beautiful, idiosyncratic response to Michael Almereyda's movie about love, death and memory.

Physical Comedy is Thrillingly Alive in Lost in Paris

By Shannon Plumb | June 14, 2017

Physical Comedy is Thrillingly Alive in Lost in Paris

Shannon Plumb finds kindred spirits in the comedy double act of Fiona Gordon and Dominique Abel, whose delightful new movie is out this week.

Shannon Plumb (Towheads) Talks with Azazel Jacobs (The Lovers) for the Talkhouse Podcast

By Shannon Plumb | May 11, 2017

Shannon Plumb (Towheads) Talks with Azazel Jacobs (The Lovers) for the Talkhouse Podcast

Two of the most distinctive voices in indie cinema share a bed and a chat from NYC's Ludlow Hotel.

Fighting the Sickness, or Being an Artist in the Trump’s America

By Shannon Plumb | February 9, 2017

Fighting the Sickness, or Being an Artist in the Trump’s America

Shannon Plumb tries to counter the flu bug sweeping through her household, and to formulate a plan to defeat a much bigger problem.

The Man in the Ring: With Derek Cianfrance in Venice for the Premiere of The Light Between Oceans

By Shannon Plumb | September 14, 2016

The Man in the Ring: With Derek Cianfrance in Venice for the Premiere of The Light Between Oceans

Shannon Plumb on red carpets, press embargoes, critical slapdowns, standing ovations and more, as her husband's new movie premieres on the Lido.

That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore: Looking for Comedy’s Place in the Modern World

By Shannon Plumb | August 1, 2016

That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore: Looking for Comedy’s Place in the Modern World

Filmmaker and actor Shannon Plumb struggles with what direction to take in her work when nothing in the world now seems funny.

Playing Cowboys and Indians in France and the Middle East

By Shannon Plumb | July 13, 2016

Playing Cowboys and Indians in France and the Middle East

Shannon Plumb on Thomas Bidegain's Les Cowboys, which updates the Western for the post-9/11 world.

The Kind of Women You Don’t See in Hollywood Movies Anymore

By Shannon Plumb | May 27, 2016

The Kind of Women You Don’t See in Hollywood Movies Anymore

Shannon Plumb has a singular experience going to the Upper West Side to watch Maggie's Plan, a movie about real, funny, sexy women.

A Fairytale Feast of Feeling, the Saga of the Thorny Bush and Shitting Out Origami Butterflies

By Shannon Plumb | April 26, 2016

A Fairytale Feast of Feeling, the Saga of the Thorny Bush and Shitting Out Origami Butterflies

Shannon Plumb is so enchanted by the profound fables of Matteo Garrone's Tale of Tales that the film permeates her own life...

Shannon Plumb (Towheads) Talks Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth

By Shannon Plumb | December 10, 2015

Shannon Plumb (Towheads) Talks Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth

Being inside the new Sorrentino movie is guaranteed to make you ponder both your past and your present...

Shannon Plumb (Towheads) Talks Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s Mustang

By Shannon Plumb | November 19, 2015

Shannon Plumb (Towheads) Talks Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s Mustang

When and why did we start treating children like adults? And when did men get so scared of women?

Shannon Plumb (Towheads) Talks Nancy Meyers’ The Intern

By Shannon Plumb | September 30, 2015

Shannon Plumb (Towheads) Talks Nancy Meyers’ The Intern

Some thoughts on Meyers' latest comedy, the elderly, the pleasure of the old school, this generation's hyperactive multi-tasking, and Robert De Niro.

Shannon Plumb (Towheads) Talks Liv Corfixen’s My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn

By Shannon Plumb | February 26, 2015

Shannon Plumb (Towheads) Talks Liv Corfixen’s My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn

A filmmaker sees strong parallels with her own life in this film that puts a personal spin on the behind-the-scenes documentary.