When he stepped onto his first film set in the spring of 1974 at the age of 19, playing the part of Cassidy in Jaws, Jonathan Filley never could have imagined what was to come.
After that first role as an actor, Filley found himself working on the other side of the camera, managing the nuts and bolts of production. Now a seasoned film producer, his career has taken him from small independent films such as 1996’s Big Night starring Stanley Tucci, to Emmy-winning TV dramas like Succession.
We had a chance to catch up with the producer as he wrapped up work on Spike Lee’s critically acclaimed new film, Da 5 Bloods.
Read on to hear about Filley’s favorite artist and restaurant, and which artworks he’s currently eyeing on Artnet Galleries.
Jonathan’s Favorite Things
Movie: Local Hero. It still holds up almost 40 years later.
Bucket-list destination: Scotland.
Party favor: A mini replica of the Stanley Cup.
Restaurant: It’s been a while, but I love Le Coucou.
Museum: The new Whitney.
Emoji: Can’t stand ‘em.
Quarantine hobby: Being out on my tractor.
Artist: David Hockney.
Book you have read recently: Squeeze, Carl Hiaasen’s newest book.
TV show: Luther.
Podcast: This American Life and Trump, Inc.
Breakfast food: I love my oatmeal with fresh fruit and yogurt.
Way to celebrate success: A good meal with a good bottle of wine with friends.
Thing about having a career in film: It’s never boring, every job is different.
Jonathan Filley’s Gallery Picks
I grew up around works by painters such as John Singer Sargent, Edward Munnings, and minor Hudson River painters such as Olin Dows. While I still enjoy a landscape, in my later life I find myself more drawn towards mass and scale. My dream is to own one of Richard Serra’s Torqued Ellipses. That’s why I play the lotto.
– Jonathan Filley
Hiroshi SugimotoArctic Ocean (1980)
Courtesy of Fraenkel Gallery.
Brice MardenRichard’s Muse (2001)
Courtesy of Sims Reed Gallery.
Edward HopperOld Ice Pond at Nyack (ca. 1897)
Courtesy of Heather James Fine Art.
David HockneyThe Arrival of Spring in Woldgate, East Yorkshire in 2011 (twenty eleven) – 23 Feburary 2011 (2011)
Courtesy of Lougher Contemporary.
Richard SerraBetween the torus and the sphere II (2006)
Courtesy of Upsilon Gallery.
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