What do Jessica Chastain, Kevin Kline, Viola Davis and Anthony Mackie all have in common? They are but a few of the extraordinary actors who have studied under the renowned acting teacher Moni Yakim at Juilliard, America's greatest performing arts school.

Creating a Character takes us inside the drama classes where Moni and his wife Mina pour their love and passion into preparing the next generation of actors for the spotlight. Insightful interviews with luminaries including Oscar Isaac, Laura Linney and Michael Stuhlbarg provide the context in the creation of this unique and inspiring portrait of the master teacher - the sole remaining founder of Juilliard’s legendary Drama Division.
On DVD & VOD (Apple TV, Amazon VOD)
August 18, 2020

"Moni Yakim has taught movement at Juilliard since 1968.
A new film captures his impact on scores of actors.
'He's not a coddler,' says Jessica Chastain."
- The New York Times (read the full story here)

"One of the more insightful films about acting in some time, an observational tribute to acting teacher Moni Yakim. It's almost like auditing a class." - Kent Turner, Film-Forward

"A love letter to a teacher who shaped the futures of so many wonderful actors, and who is an incredible performer in his own right. A great story of a life devoted to the arts."
- Lorry Kikta, Film Threat

"Engaging...fascinating. The nature of drama and the creative process is visceral and difficult to explain, but this documentary particularly flourishes in the careful observation of the young actors learning from Yakim."
- Caroline Madden, Screen Queens
UPC: 7-20229-91804-6 | Catalog #: FRF 918046D | MSRP: $24.95
Directed by Rauzar Alexander | 76 minutes, color, 2019
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