Film Production Design

Judy Rhee - 2 Days in New York2 Days in New York

2 Days in New York, 2011

Director: Julie Delpy
Production Designer: Judy Rhee
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The Greatest - Judy RheeThe Greatest

The Greatest, 2009

Allen (Pierce Brosnan) and Grace (Susan Sarandon) Brewer are still mourning the accidental death of their teenage son, Bennett (Aaron Johnson), when the boy's troubled girlfriend reveals that she is carrying his baby. Now Bennett's family must release their anger to make room for the new life. Shana Feste writes and directs this moving drama; Carey Mulligan, Michael Shannon, Johnny Simmons and Zoë Kravitz co-star.

Director: Shana Feste
Production Designer: Judy Rhee
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The Stoning of Soraya M. - Judy RheeThe Stoning of Soraya M.

The Stoning of Soraya M., 2008

Set in 1986 Iran at the start of Khomeini's reign, director Cyrus Nowrasteh's drama tells the true story of Soraya (Mozhan Marnò), whose husband plots to have her falsely accused of adultery so he can divorce her and marry a young girl. French journalist Freidoune (Jim Caviezel) is pulled into Soraya's tragic story when he meets a desperate woman named Zahra (Shohreh Aghdashloo).

Director: Cyrus Nowrasteh
Production Designer: Judy Rhee
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Film Art Direction

My Blueberry Nights - Judy RheeMy Blueberry Nights

My Blueberry Nights, 2006-2007

Restless and young Elizabeth (Norah Jones) travels cross-country working a variety of waitressing jobs and connecting with an odd assortment of characters along the way, including policeman Arnie (David Strathairn), his unfaithful wife, Sue Lynne (Rachel Weisz), and a flighty young gambler (Natalie Portman). But Elizabeth realizes that her touchstone is Jeremy (Jude Law), the owner of a café she haunted back home in New York.

Director: Wong Kar Wai
Production Designer: William Chang
Art Director: Judy Rhee

The Hours - Judy RheeThe Hours

The Hours, 2001

In 1951, Laura Brown, a pregnant housewife, is planning a party for her husband, but she can't stop reading the novel 'Mrs. Dalloway'. Clarissa Vaughn, a modern woman living in present times is throwing a party for her friend Richard, a famous author dying of AIDS. These two stories are simultaneously linked to the work and life of Virginia Woolf, who's writing the novel mentioned before.

Director: Stephen Daldry
Production Designer: Maria Djurkovic
Art Director: Judy Rhee

Hysterical Blindness - Judy RheeHysterical Blindness

Hysterical Blindness, 2001

In this bittersweet slice of working class single New Jersey life, best friends Debby and Beth (both pushing thirty) go looking for love in the wrong place - namely their favorite bar, Oliver's. Rugged contractor Rick eyes Beth but ends up going home with the more assertive Debby. Beth's style is further cramped by the responsibilities of single motherhood. As Debby tries to parlay what was essentially a casual fling into possible marriage with an indifferent Rick, her mother Virginia wonders if her affair with widower Nick is the real thing. Rounding out the romantic possibilities is Bobby, the bartender who flirts with Beth. The women clash as plans go awry, tragedy strikes, and hearts get broken. In the end, Debby, Beth, and Virginia find, if not the relationships of their dreams, peace with each other and within themselves.

Director: Mira Nair
Production Designer: Stephanie Carroll
Art Director: Judy Rhee

Story Telling - Judy RheeStory Telling

Story Telling, 2000

Storytelling follows two separate, unrelated stories of the angst, frustration, depression of the youth of today against two backdrops. In "Fiction", Vi is a hip college teenager who allows herself to be exploited and abused by any guy, including her writing professor, in order to get inspiration for her creative writing class. In "Non-fiction", Toby Oxman is a hapless loser/shoe salesman who wants to be a famous documentary filmmaker. For his first project, Toby explores the dysfunctional Livingston family, focusing mostly on the oldest son Scooby, an alienated, hates-the-world, ticking-time-bomb, bisexual, high school student with dreams of being famous

Director: Todd Solondz
Production Designer: James Chinlund
Art Director: Judy Rhee

Requiem for a Dream - Judy RheeRequiem for a Dream

Requiem for a Dream, 1999

Requiem for a Dream (Darren Aronofsky) exposes four paralleled individuals and their menacing addiction to heroin, cocaine, and diet pills (speed). Taking place in Brooklyn amidst the waning Coney Island, the drugs are very easily obtained and keep each main character in its cycle of dependence. The protagonist Harry Goldfarb (Jared Leto) is your typical heroin junky with an ambitious plan of "Getting off hard knocks," with help from his cocaine crazed girlfriend Marion (Jennifer Connelly) and his long time friend Tyrone (Marlon Wayans). Meanwhile his widowed mother (Sarah Goldfarb) is obsessed with the glamour of television and eventually finds her way to a dietician who pushes her into the cycle of drug induced enslavement.

Director: Darren Aronofsky
Production Designer: James Chinlund
Art Director: Judy Rhee

The Yards - Judy RheeThe Yards

The Yards, 1998

In the rail yards of Queens, contractors repair and rebuild the city's subway cars. These contracts are lucrative, so graft and corruption are rife. When Leo Handler gets out of prison, he finds his aunt married to Frank Olchin, one of the big contractors; he's battling with a minority-owned firm for contracts. Willie Gutierrez, Leo's best friend, is Frank's bag man and heads a crew of midnight saboteurs who ruin the work of the Puerto Rican-owned firm. Leo needs a job, so Willie pays him to be his back-up. Then things go badly wrong one night, a cop IDs Leo, and everyone now wants him out of the picture. Besides his ailing mom and his cousin Erica, to whom can Leo turn?

Director: James Gray
Production Designer: Kevin Thompson
Art Director: Judy Rhee

Flirting with Disaster - Judy RheeFlirting with Disaster

Flirting with Disaster, 1995

Five months after the birth of his son, Mel Coplin remains unable to name the child until he has met his own biological parents and discovered who he "really is." He, his wife Nancy, and his social-worker-in-training Tina Kalb jet off to California to meet his birth mother--who turns out not to be his mother, due to an error with the agency's adoption records. The quartet sets out in search of Mel's real parents, with tensions growing because of the sexual chemistry lacking between Mel and Nancy and growing between Mel and Tina.

Director: David O. Russell
Production Designer: Kevin Thompson
Art Director: Judy Rhee

Little Odessa - Judy RheeLittle Odessa

Little Odessa, 1994

This film tells a bitter tale of a dysfunctional family. Joshua, a cold-blooded professional killer, returns to his Brighton Beach boyhood home for a "job." He knows it will be difficult to return to the Russian-immigrant community of his youth--in his eyes, we see anticipation of the inevitable emotional pain and psychic turmoil that seeing his forsaken family and estranged companions will bring him. To do his job, and try to maintain some semblence of sanity, he has had to wall off his humanity from even himself. As his steely demeanor begins to dissolve, we are shown the soul of a hit-man crumbling away, piece by piece. Finally, all that he now allows himself to admit that he loves is agonizingly torn away from him and he is left with the ultimate punishment for his transgressions.

Director: James Gray
Production Designer: Kevin Thompson
Art Director: Judy Rhee

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