February 19, 2010 – We vowed to bring you only the best guests and this week we have two great up and comers to keep your eye on! The first is film director Michael Sucsy, who currently has the number one movie in the country, The Vow starring Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams (and my personal favorite Scott Speedman!). Our second guest is Terry Ray, who has invented the hilarious Gaydar Gun (which was recently featured on The Rosie Show). We may not be curing memory loss, but we are are definitely having fun!
Michael Sucsy most recently won acclaim for directing, writing, and producing Grey Gardens for HBO. Sucsy was raised in Connecticut and New York and is a graduate of Deerfield Academy and of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service where he earned a degree in International Relations, Law & Organization.
Sucsy segued from studying international relations to film production via the advertising industry, where he worked for the award-winning agency Cliff Freeman & Partners on the first-ever Staples TV ads. Sucsy then pursued work as a production assistant, an art department coordinator, a production secretary, and an assistant director on feature films, commercials, and music videos in Washington DC, New York City, and Los Angeles. He later went on to earn a Masters of Fine Arts in film from Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. Sucsy then began directing commercials and was soon dubbed by Shoot! Magazine “as one of the industry’s crop of new directors to watch.” He was subsequently nominated for the Young Director of the Year Award given in conjunction with the 2002 Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival.
Sucsy was inspired to write and direct a narrative feature film about the famous true story of Jackie O’s eccentric relatives “Big Edie” and “Little Edie” Bouvier Beale called Grey Gardens after viewing the well-known documentary of the same name. The day after he first watched the documentary, Sucsy embarked on what was to become a six-year process to get Grey Gardens made. Sucsy began by crafting an original script using Little Edie’s personal correspondence, private journals, and poetry as well as interviews with family members and friends to trace the Beales’ tragic descendant from riches to rags over some forty years. Sucsy, attached as the director, then set Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange to star as the reclusive mother-daughter duo and brought the project to HBO.
Lange won an Emmy for her role and Barrymore won both the SAG Award and the Golden Globe for hers. The film received multiple awards including 6 Emmys, the Golden Globe, and both the Broadcast Film Critics and the Television Critics Association Awards. Sucsy was additionally nominated for the Directors Guild Award as well as the Writers Guild Award.
Sucsy’s next film Rosaline, for Fox 2000, is a comedic retelling of the classic Romeo and Juliet story set in 16th century Verona told from the point of view of Romeo’s jilted ex-girlfriend.
the Gaydar Gun as featured on The Rosie Show