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Zoe Lister-Jones and the female power behind 'Band Aid'




Adam Pally, director Zoe Lister-Jones and Fred Armisen attend the
Adam Pally, director Zoe Lister-Jones and Fred Armisen attend the "Band Aid" premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.
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Adam Pally, director Zoe Lister-Jones and Fred Armisen attend the
(L-R) Adam Pally, Fred Armisen and Zoe Lister-Jones in "Band Aid," written and directed by Lister-Jones.


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The movie “Band Aid” is about a couple at an unhappy juncture in their marriage. They fight — a lot— over everything from the unwashed dishes piled up in the sink to personality traits. Therapy is only getting them so far. So what do they do? They turn their conflicts into songs.

In this scene the main characters – played by Zoe Lister-Jones and Adam Pally – discuss the things that annoy them about each other.

The two take those tense moments and actually make pretty great music out of it. Lister-Jones is on bass, Pally is on guitar and Fred Armisen, who plays their bizarre neighbor, is on drums.

“Band Aid” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was picked up for distribution by IFC.

It's just one of the projects that Lister-Jones and Pally each have coming out this year. She's on a TV show on CBS called "Life in Pieces," and he'll be be in a new show on Fox called "Making History," which starts in March.

The Frame host John Horn caught up with Lister-Jones and Pally the day before the Sundance premiere of "Band Aid."

Interview Highlights:

On the theme of rupture and repair in "Band Aid":

PALLY: I think that's a fair way to describe marriage. I've been married six years now and I feel like it is that, because you're growing and maturing and living a life that you're sharing with someone else. It is elastic. You know when The Flaming Lips go on tour and Wayne Coyne gets in that plastic bubble? That's like what marriage is. You can push out a little bit away, but if you're committed both to being in that bubble together, then you're going to roll over the crowd together.

LISTER-JONES: We've both been with our partners for a very long amount of time — for relatively young people. I've been with my husband for 13 years. I do think it is really interesting. I was interested in seeing the ways in which couples fight because I think that is also often a testament to the way that they love. So many of those fights are about fighting to stay together.

On making the film with an all-female crew:

LISTER-JONES: I was raised by a feminist. So I think those values are a big part of who I am as a person. I think I was also raised looking at the world through a lens that was specifically targeted at misogyny. Being an actress and also being a filmmaker, [movie] sets are so predominantly male. And it's something that I've always been very aware of. I also am pretty aware of the dynamics between men on set and the few women who are represented there, and what it means to be a woman on a predominantly male crew. I wanted to see what it would be like if that dynamic was totally subverted. So from top to bottom, there was not one man on the crew. Adam was the only man on set many days.



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