David Schwimmer, best known as Ross Geller in the situation comedy “Friends,” has directed his second feature film, and the 15-year-old actress who stars in “Trust,” Liana Liberato, was named Best Actress at the 46th Annual Chicago Film Festival on Saturday, October 16th. The film (reviewed on AC previously; see link at end of article) is the story of the online seduction of a 14-year-old girl by an adult sexual predator. On October 18th in Chicago “Trust” was shown as a benefit for the Santa Monica Rape Foundation of which Schwimmer serves as a director.
David Schwimmer was born in 1966 and was married in June of this year to Zoe Buckman. He was born in New York, but his family moved to Los Angeles when he was two. He began performing in plays at Beverly Hills High School and graduated from Northwestern University in 1988 with a BA degree in theater and speech. Schwimmer is a co-founder of the Lookingglass Theatre Company, and the play “Trust” was originally performed there with the child actors who walked the red carpet for the first time on October 18th performing their roles onstage, as well as in the film.
Schwimmer’s television work aside from “Friends,” includes the TV movie “A Deadly Silence” (1989), “L.A. Law,” The Wonder Years,””NYPD Blue,” “Monty,” and movie roles in “The Pallbearer”(1996), “Kissing A Fool” (1998), “Six Days Seven Nights” (1998), “Apt Pupil” (2000), “Picking Up the Pieces” (2000) and the mini-series “Band of Brothers” (2001) as Herbert Sobel. He also played the lead character in the 2005 drama “Duane Hopwood” in 2005, “Madagascar” in 2005, “Big Nothing” in 2006, “Nothing But the Truth” in 2008, “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa ” in 2008 and his London stage debut in “Some Girls” in 2005. He made his Broadway stage debut in “The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial” in 2006. Schwimmer directed the film “Run, Fatboy, Run” with Simon Pegg in 2007 and directed the Off-Broadway production “Fault Lines” in 2008.
Also appearing on the Red Carpet with Schwimmer were Spencer Curnutt, a student at Roosevelt University, who plays Anna’s brother (Peter) in the film, Zoe Levin who plays Brittany, Anna’s best friend who “narcs on her” to the school authorities in reporting her best friend’s rape, and Aislynn, the child actress who plays Anna’s younger sister in the film.
Read more about the film itself here: www.associatedcontent.com/…/trust_director_david_schwimmers_new.html?.
(Source: 46th Annual Chicago International Film Festival Benefit Showing of “Trust” on October 18th; www.wikipedia.com; www.IMDB.com.)