Adam Christian Clark

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Adam Christian Clark
Adam Christian Clark TRIBECA PRESS PHOTO.jpg
Clark at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival
Born (1980-12-20) December 20, 1980 (age 38)
Alma materUniversity of Southern California
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter, editor
Years active2002–present
Notable work
Caroline and Jackie, Newly Single

Adam Christian Clark is an American film director, screenwriter, and editor, who is best known for combining naturalistic techniques in performance and dialog with stylized cinematic devices in editing and camerawork.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Adam Christian Clark was raised in Seattle, Washington.


Early career[edit]

Clark attended the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts.[3] While still a student, he worked as a director on the CBS network television series Big Brother.[4] He then worked as a roster director at Quentin Tarantino's and Lawrence Bender's production company A Band Apart, where he wrote and directed television, music videos, and commercials. Clark has worked with such artists as Kanye West, Jackie Chan, Gnarls Barkley, Lupe Fiasco, and Girl Talk; and such brands as Pepsi, Lays, Motorola, MAC, and Diesel.[5]

Clark spent 2006 in Shanghai, writing and directing Mainland China's first reality television series.[6]

In 2008, Clark collaborated on two projects with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Charlie LeDuff: The Editor, a short film starring Richard Riehle based on LeDuff's career at The New York Times, and Bag Men, a feature screenplay written for Plan B Entertainment.[7]

In 2009, Clark returned to China to shoot Goodbye Shanghai, a short film he also wrote about Western spies working as international bankers in Shanghai. The film garnished several national and international festival awards.[8]


Caroline and Jackie[edit]

Clark's first feature film Caroline and Jackie premiered at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival, and was met with positive reviews.[9]

John Anderson of Variety said, "Displaying nerves of steel and a generous heart, helmer Adam Christian Clark takes a lot of chances with Caroline and Jackie, a tale of troubled sisters that keeps the viewer off balance throughout before delivering a payoff that serves as both catharsis and absolution. While it does make demands of its audience, the cumulative emotional impact is startling".[10]

Steve Dollar of the Wall Street Journal called it "a delicious dinner party meltdown, visually polished and emotionally raw". He praised Moreau and Tulloch for "playing their yin/yang roles with gleaming intensity".[11]

Miranda Siegel of New York Magazine named it a must-see film, praising its "top-notch performances" and its "unique combination of naturalistic acting and stylized technique".[12]

The film was theatrically released by Phase 4 Films in 2013.[13]

Newly Single[edit]

Clark's second feature film Newly Single, premiered in the main competition of the 2017 edition of PÖFF,[14] and marks Clark's first time acting in a feature film.[15]

The New York Times described the film as a dark comedy “probing the sexual and professional misadventures of a struggling filmmaker.”[16]

The film was released in 2018 by Gravitas Ventures,[17] and currently holds an 88% "Fresh" rating from the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes.[18]

Influences and style[edit]


While an undergraduate film student at USC, Clark became close friends with his professor, Academy Award-nominated cinematographer William A. Fraker, A.S.C., B.S.C. Clark accredits Fraker as an influence for hard lighting and formalistic production design.[19]

Clark has attributed strong influence to the American New Wave[3][20] film movement, and directors John Cassavetes,[3] and Robert Altman.[1]

Themes and style[edit]

Clark's films are very character driven, and often explore themes centered around family, isolation, and unrequited love.[20]

When asked to describe his style in a 2012 interview with IndieWire, Clark stated,

Stylistically my number one goal at all stages of production is for the narrative to always maintain the highest level of reality possible. My hope would be that the camera, the lighting, the sound, the performances, and my own ego will go as unnoticed as possible, and that you may feel, if just for a moment, that you are watching your own family interact. That view may come as a surprise, as the films' characters are highly vapid and their worlds’ greatly stylized. My answer would be that in being truly honest, we have to admit that we are all vapid, and our own little world is forever increasing in style and conformity.[21]


Feature films[edit]

Short films[edit]

  • The Editor: a man i despise. (2008)
  • Goodbye Shanghai (2010)


  1. ^ a b Lloyd, Christopher (July 18, 2012). "Caroline and Jackie". The Film Yap. The Film Yap.
  2. ^ Dollar, Steve (July 22, 2012). "TRIBECA 2012: Critic's Notebook #1". GreenCine. Archived from the original on 2012-05-13. Retrieved 2012-10-05.
  3. ^ a b c Erkara, Busra (April 28, 2012). "Tribeca: Director Adam C. Clark on 'Caroline and Jackie'". Bullett Magazine. Bullett.
  4. ^ Wes (August 29, 2012). "Director Talks: Adam Christian Clark of "Caroline and Jackie"". IndiPix. IndiPix.
  5. ^ Tribeca, Staff (April 1, 2012). "Caroline and Jackie". Tribeca Film Guide. Tribeca Film.
  6. ^ Popova, Maria (November 22, 2010). "PICKED: Goodbye Shanghai". Brain Pickings.
  7. ^ Ago, Alessandro (September 2013). "Caroline and Jackie". Q&A with Adam Christian Clark. University of Southern California.
  8. ^ Official Site. "". Archived from the original on 2012-09-25. Retrieved 2012-10-05.
  9. ^ "Caroline and Jackie". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2012-10-05.
  10. ^ Anderson, John (April 23, 2012). "Caroline and Jackie". Variety.
  11. ^ "TRIBECA 2012: Critic's Notebook #1 review". April 22, 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-05-13. Retrieved 2012-10-05.
  12. ^ Siegel, Miranda. "Tribeca 9". New York Magazine. Retrieved April 20, 2012.
  13. ^ Yamato, Jen. "Phase 4 Dates 'Caroline And Jackie'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 3, 2013.
  14. ^ "Newly Single World Premiere". PÖFF 21. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  15. ^ Saito, Stephen (13 December 2018). "Interview: Adam Christian Clark on Breaking Away from Running Around in Circles with "Newly Single"". The Moveable Fest. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  16. ^ Tsai, Martin (4 January 2019). "'Newly Single' Review: A Breakup Leaves a Director Directionless". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  17. ^ "Gravitas Ventures to Release Adam Christian Clark's Relationship Drama NEWLY SINGLE". Vimooz. 16 October 2018. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  18. ^ "NEWLY SINGLE (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  19. ^ McCracken, Kristin (April 6, 2012). "Camelot? It's Not". Tribeca Film.
  20. ^ a b Benardello, Karen (May 8, 2012). "Interview With The Cast And Crew Of Caroline and Jackie [Tribeca Film Festival]". WGTC.
  21. ^ IndieWire, Staff (April 13, 2012). "Meet the 2012 Tribeca Filmmakers #24: 'Caroline and Jackie' Director Adam Christian Clark". IndieWire.

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