Riley Stearns

Riley Stearns is the writer-director of Faults (2014), The Art of Self-Defense (2019) and his new film Dual, starring Karen Gillan and Aaron Paul, which is available on digital, on demand and AMC+ on May 20. He lives in Los Angeles. You can visit his website here.

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Untitled Riley Stearns Jiu-jitsu Article

By Riley Stearns | May 19, 2022

Untitled Riley Stearns Jiu-jitsu Article

Writer-director Riley Stearns, whose new movie Dual is out now, on the pivotal role the martial art plays in his life away from movies.

“It Got One Star, for the Cat”: Filmmakers Choose More of Their Favorite Negative User Reviews

By Filmmakers | March 30, 2016

“It Got One Star, for the Cat”: Filmmakers Choose More of Their Favorite Negative User Reviews

It's no fun to read a major critic tear down your vision, but it's sometimes a different matter when the writer is a trolling internet commenter...

Talkhouse Film Contributors Talk Sundance Recommendations

By Filmmakers | January 30, 2016

Talkhouse Film Contributors Talk Sundance Recommendations

In bed with a cup of tea, having lunch or stifling a sneeze, Talkhouse Film contributors share their Sundance picks from Park City and beyond.

Riley Stearns (Faults) Talks Ariel Kleiman’s Partisan

By Riley Stearns | October 5, 2015

Riley Stearns (Faults) Talks Ariel Kleiman’s Partisan

A longtime fan of one of the best short filmmakers around dives into his much-anticipated debut feature.

Riley Stearns (Faults) Talks Noel Marshall’s Roar

By Riley Stearns | April 20, 2015

Riley Stearns (Faults) Talks Noel Marshall’s Roar

A previously hard-to-find cult movie gets a second lease on life. The reason? Lions, motherfucker.

Riley Stearns (Faults) Talks Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive

By Riley Stearns | January 9, 2015

Riley Stearns (Faults) Talks Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive

Watching this richly musical vampire movie is like lying on your bedroom floor with headphones on, listening to a great record for the first time.

Riley Stearns (Faults) Talks Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game

By Riley Stearns | November 25, 2014

Riley Stearns (Faults) Talks Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game

Flashing back to his high-school days, the LA-based writer-director ponders how you should discuss a film you don't feel strongly about either way.

Riley Stearns (Faults) Talks Alex van Warmerdam’s Borgman

By Riley Stearns | June 2, 2014

Riley Stearns (Faults) Talks Alex van Warmerdam’s Borgman

I’m a predictable person. Last April, I saw an unsubtitled trailer for a film called Borgman and even though I didn’t understand...