A Short History of Decay (film)

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A Short History of Decay
Directed byMichael Maren
Produced byAlfred Sapse
Written byMichael Maren
StarringBryan Greenberg, Linda Lavin, Harris Yulin, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Kathleen Rose Perkins, Benjamin King
Music byJulia Kent
CinematographyNancy Schreiber
Edited byTimothy Snell
Release date
  • October 2013 (2013-10)
CountryUnited States

A Short History of Decay is an American comedy film written and directed by Michael Maren.[1] It stars Bryan Greenberg, Linda Lavin, Harris Yulin, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Benjamin King and Kathleen Rose Perkins. Though its title is taken from the work of philosophy by Emil Cioran, it is not an adaptation of the book.

The film was shot in October and November 2012 in Wilmington, North Carolina,[2] Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina,[3] and New York City. It premiered at the Hamptons International Film Festival on October 12, 2013 and it opened theatrically at the Village East Cinema on May 16, 2014.


It is a comedy from an original script by Michael Maren, about a failed Brooklyn writer, Nathan Fisher, played by Bryan Greenberg, who visits his ailing parents in Florida. His mother (Lavin) has Alzheimer's and his father (Yulin) has recently had a stroke.


Coffeehouse scene[edit]

On November 19, 2012 Maren, with Cinematographer Nancy Schreiber shot the final scenes of the film in at Kos Koffe, a coffee shop in Park Slope, Brooklyn. In the scene, Bryan Greenberg's Nathan Fisher walks into the shop intending to work on his writing to win his girlfriend back. In an elaborate sight gag, reported in New York magazine and The New York Times, Maren brought 43 New York Area writers to fill every seat in the coffee shop. Nathan Fisher looks at them with the feeling that he doesn't belong in their company. The writers included Jennifer Egan, Michael Cunningham, Philip Gourevich, Kurt Andersen, Gary Shteyngart, Darin Strauss, Jane Green, Jean Hanff Korelitz and Nick Flynn.[4][5]


  1. ^ Michael Maren on IMDb
  2. ^ Foss, Cassie (20 October 2012). "'Decay' cast, crew 'do what they do best'". Star-News. Retrieved 8 November 2012.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-10-15. Retrieved 2012-11-15.
  4. ^ " In a Brooklyn Cafe, It’s Write! Camera! Action!", The New York Times, November 19, 2012.
  5. ^ New York Magazine

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