The Art of Self-Defense (2019 film)

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The Art of Self-Defense
Directed byRiley Stearns
Produced by
  • Andrew Kortschak
  • Walter Kortschak
  • Cody Ryder
  • Stephane Whonsetler
Written byRiley Stearns
Music byHeather McIntosh
CinematographyMichael Ragen
Edited bySarah Beth Shapiro
  • End Cue
Distributed byBleecker Street
Release date
  • March 10, 2019 (2019-03-10) (SXSW)
  • June 21, 2019 (2019-06-21) (United States)
Running time
104 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States

The Art of Self-Defense is an 2019 dark comedy film, written and directed by Riley Stearns. It stars Jesse Eisenberg, Alessandro Nivola, and Imogen Poots.

It had its world premiere at South by Southwest on March 10, 2019. It is scheduled to be released on June 21, 2019, by Bleecker Street.


Casey is a young man who after a rough encounter on the street, decides to take up martial arts into order to better protect himself, falling more and more in his paranoia in the process.



In May 2016, it was announced Mary Elizabeth Winstead had joined the cast of the film, with Riley Stearns directing from a screenplay he wrote.[2] In September 2017, it was announced Jesse Eisenberg, Imogen Poots and Alessandro Nivola joined the cast of the film, with Andrew Kortschak, Cody Ryder, Stephanie Whonsetler and Walter Kortschak serving as producers on the film, while Bleecker Street distributed the film.[3][4]

Principal photography began on September 11, 2017, in Kentucky.[5]


It had its world premiere at South by Southwest on March 10, 2019.[6] It is scheduled to be released on June 21, 2019.[7]


  1. ^ "The Art of Self-Defense". South by Southwest. Retrieved January 19, 2019.
  2. ^ Jagernauth, Kevin (May 26, 2016). "'Faults' Duo Riley Sterns & Mary Elizabeth Winstead Reteam For 'The Art Of Self Defence'". The Playlist. Retrieved January 19, 2019.
  3. ^ McNary, Dave (11 September 2017). "Jesse Eisenberg's 'Art of Self-Defense' Lands at Bleecker Street". Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  4. ^ "Jesse Eisenberg's 'The Art of Self-Defense' Picked Up by Bleecker Street". Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Bleecker Street to Distribute 'The Art of Self Defense' with Imogen Poots and Jesse Eisenberg". The Slanted. 20 September 2017. Retrieved 22 September 2017.
  6. ^ Kilday, Gregg (January 16, 2019). "SXSW: Olivia Wilde, Seth Rogen, Charlize Theron and Matthew McConaughey to Premiere New Work". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  7. ^ "The Art of a Self-Defense". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved January 29, 2019.

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