Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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WRITER/DIRECTOR: Don Jon


Synopsis


Jon Martello (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a strong, handsome, good old fashioned guy. His buddies call him Don Jon due to his ability to “pull” a different woman every weekend, but even the finest fling doesn’t compare to the bliss he finds alone in front of the computer watching pornography. Barbara Sugarman (Scarlett Johansson) is a bright, beautiful, good old fashioned girl. Raised on romantic Hollywood movies, she’s determined to find her Prince Charming and ride off into the sunset. Wrestling with good old fashioned expectations of the opposite sex, Jon and Barbara struggle against a media culture full of false fantasies to try and find true intimacy.

 


BIOGRAPHY


JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT marks his feature film directorial debut with Don Jon, which made its domestic premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival as well as its international premiere at the 2013 Berlin Film Festival. He also completed production on Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, in which he plays Johnny, a character Miller created for the film.

Gordon-Levitt’s additional film credits include Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-nominated Lincoln with Daniel Day Lewis and Sally Field; Looper, for which he reunited with his Brick director, Rian Johnson, and starred opposite Bruce Willis and Emily Blunt; The Dark Knight Rises, Christopher Nolan’s third and final installment in the Batman series (People’s Choice Award nomination for Favorite Movie Actor); Premium Rush, directed by David Koepp; 50/50, directed by Jonathan Levine and also starring Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick and Bryce Dallas Howard, for which he received a Golden Globe nomination; Christopher Nolan’s Academy Award-nominated action-drama Inception, also starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Marion Cotillard and Ellen Page; Hesher, directed by Spencer Susser with Natalie Portman and Rainn Wilson (Sundance Film Festival 2010); Marc Webb’s (500) Days Of Summer, also starring Zooey Deschanel, for which he received Golden Globe, Independent Spirit Award and People’s Choice Award nominations; the global action hit G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra for director Stephen Sommers; Spike Lee’s World War II drama Miracle at St. Anna; the controversial drama Stop-Loss, in which he starred with Ryan Phillippe under the direction of Kimberly Peirce; and the crime drama The Lookout, which marked Scott Frank’s directorial debut. In addition, Gordon-Levitt has received widespread praise for his performances in such independent features as John Madden’s Killshot with Diane Lane and Mickey Rourke; Lee Daniels’ Shadowboxer; Rian Johnson’s award-winning debut film, Brick; Mysterious Skin for writer/director Gregg Araki; and Manic with Don Cheadle. He also adapted the Elmore Leonard short story Sparks into a 24-minute short film that he directed (Sundance Film Festival 2009).

Early in his career, Gordon-Levitt won a Young Artist Award for his first major role, in Robert Redford’s drama A River Runs Through It. He went on to co-star in Angels in the Outfield, The Juror, Halloween H20 and 10 Things I Hate About You.

Gordon-Levitt is also well known to television audiences for his starring role on NBC’s award-winning comedy series 3rd Rock from the Sun. During his six seasons on the show, he won two YoungStar Awards and also shared in three Screen Actors Guild Award® nominations for Outstanding Performance by a Comedy Series Ensemble. Following the series, Gordon-Levitt took a short break from acting to attend Columbia University.

Gordon-Levitt founded and directs an open collaborative production company called hitRECord. Anyone with an internet connection can join the online community of hundreds of thousands of artists from all over the world. Over the last several years, hitRECord has screened its short films at Sundance and other festivals, published books, put out records as well as toured its live shows. For each production, the profits are split, half going back into the company, and half going to the contributing artists. Currently, “RegularJOE” (as he’s known on the site) is leading the community in its biggest collaboration yet—HITRECORD ON TV! Gordon-Levitt will host the half hour variety show series, set to premiere on Participant Media’s new cable network, Pivot, in January 2014.