John O'Brien (filmmaker)
John O'Brien (born 1962, Tunbridge, Vermont, United States) is an American film director, sheep farmer, Justice of the Peace and former campaign manager. In 2015, John was elected to the Town of Tunbridge, Vermont selectboard.
O'Brien is the director of the Tunbridge Trilogy, three films that focus on the rural life of Tunbridge, Vermont. The director refers to his style of filmmaking as "community cinema" and his films as "anthropological comedies" as his cast consists mostly of local friends and neighbors from Tunbridge who play themselves in fictional stories. The most famous of these, Man with a Plan, starred the dairy farmer and one-time politician, Fred Tuttle. According to O'Brien, the film, in which Tuttle runs successfully for Congress, was inspired by 1979's Being There, a movie in which Peter Sellers plays a gardener named Chance, who becomes a trusted adviser to the presidency. In 2001 it was reported that Man With a Plan had sold 40,000 copies, most of them to Vermonters. O'Brien's other films include Vermont Is for Lovers and Nosey Parker.
O'Brien graduated from Harvard University in 1986.
- Filmmakers Redux: Then and Now
- Interview with Vermont Filmmaker John O'Brien
- John O'Brien's Company, Bellwether Films
- Joseph Gallivan, The Independent: "Run Tuttle Run", November 15, 1998
- Sara Rimer, The New York Times: "A Vermont Town Turns Schwab's Lunch Counter", September 3, 2001
- Michael Colton, The Washington Post: "A Running Gag?", September 04, 1998
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