The films of Marcus Cohlan are a great example of low budget movie making through the leveraging of relationships. Marcus, referred to by those who know him professionally as “The Closer” was able to obtain a downtown, Chicago penthouse in which to film Fast As You Can through his close connection to a college buddy, Jonah Enbar who works for UBS. For 684 Brewster, he enticed 20 Chasidim to function as extras by negotiating with Rav Klein, his campus Rabbi. Rushed was shot with a budget of less than $500 and through one testimonial, Marcus was able to create the most controversial film to ever hit Northwestern.

In general, Marcus tends to focus his writings on family centered dramas. He draws his influences from independent minded filmmakers including, but not limited to Paul Thomas Anderson, Noah Baumbach, and Todd Solondz.

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