Filmmaking Brothers and 'Ex-Soulmates' Discuss a 15-Year Career

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Jay and Mark Duplass. (Carissa Dorson/Penguin Random House)

Everyone comes into the world of Jay and Mark Duplass in different ways. For me, it was The One I Love, one of the most surreal movies about a failing marriage in the past decade. The brothers, who like to call themselves "ex-soulmates," specialize in strange circumstances with an emotional core; their first film, This is John, is a seven-minute short about a man who, in the process of trying to record an outgoing message on his answering machine, has a breakdown. Haven't we all been there?

Now, the brothers Duplass have written a memoir, Like Brothers, detailing their relationship, their filmmaking process and their career highlights, including the HBO series Togetherness. In addition to making the press rounds, they appear at the San Francisco Jewish Community Center on Saturday, May 12, to talk with SFFILM's director of programming Rachel Rosen. All attendees receive a book — and among the rewards of being a Duplass fan is that their output is so prolific, there won't be any lack of their films to watch afterward.