Puts His Life on the Big Screen?
Russell Harbaugh '06
The “Hollywood Reporter” calls “Love After Love” a “quietly accomplished feature debut” and said the director “clearly knows and loves his characters, even at their most imperfect.” Those characters are based on the family of director and co-writer Russell Harbaugh ’06, and the film reflects one of the hardest phases in his life. Right before Russell left for graduate school, his father passed away. Grief pushed Russell into unhealthy relationships, and he began to feel like he couldn’t catch up to his own life. That’s when he realized, “that’s a feeling a movie could make.” “Love After Love” is that movie, and it took him 10 years to get it onto the big screen. He took some time to enjoy the positive reviews from “Variety” to the “New York Times,” but he’s already working on his next movie— “Compound.” The idea for this film also came from Russell’s personal life and his experiences being an identical twin… but with some murder thrown in. “It doesn’t feel like I’ve arrived and there’s pressure on the second one to live up to the first. It’s very different.” Even though he doesn’t plan on slowing down, Russell said he’s still trying to process the way his life is changing. “Wabash gave me enough opportunities to be in the place I am right now. It feels like I was given a version of my life I could never have asked for on my own, and I’m extremely grateful.”
That’s a Wabash man for you. Seriously.