Guest: Director Neil LaBute & Writer Jami O’Brien
Hungry Ghosts (5×06) http://www.amc.com/shows/
Cullen and Mei take a dangerous journey through the California wilderness, escorting precious cargo. Eva nurses Louise back to health.
Acclaimed and highly discussed filmmaker Neil LaBute has made himself a force to be reckoned with and a name to watch. With his true-to-life cynical and self-absorbed characters and all-too-true social themes, he has firmly established himself as an unforgiving judge of the ugliest side of human nature.
LaBute was originally a playwright. He attended Brigham Young University and took theater as his major. Many say that Pulitzer-Prize winner David Mamet was a strong influence on him. He chose to attack subjects that many don’t really want to talk about and showed the way that people really talk amongst themselves. His piece entitled “Filthy Talk for Troubled Times” featured two guys just sitting around and making small talk and ridiculing homosexuals and their ways, in a manner not unlike the conversations in his In the Company of Men (1997). The play was not, unsurprisingly, a hit with the critics.
Jami O’Brien is an American motion picture writer and producer. She is an Co-Producer, Executive Story Editor, and writer for Hell on Wheels. She joined the crew as an Executive Story Editor for the first season in 2011. She wrote the fourth episode “Jamais Je Ne T’oublierai“. She was promoted to Co-Producer for thesecond season in 2012. She has also worked on the series Big Love, The Deep End, Close to Home, and Lie To Me.