The Myth of Fingerprints
Bart Freundlich is an American film and television director,
screenwriter and film producer. His first film, “The Myth of
Fingerprints” (1997), was nominated for Grand Jury Prize in the
Dramatic category at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival. It also brought
Freundlich the Audience Award and Grand Special Prize nomination from
the Deauville Film Festival and a Chlotrudis nomination for Best
Screenplay. “The Myth of Fingerprints” marked his first
collaboration with his actress wife Julianne Moore. He also directed
Moore in “World Traveler” (2001) and “Trust the
Man” (2005). On the small screen, Freundlich has directed
episodes of Showtime's “Californication” (8 episodes,
2007-2012) and NBC's “Prime Suspect” (1 episodes, 2012).
Freundlich resides with wife Julianne Moore, whom he wed in 2003 after
seven years of relationship, in the West Village neighborhood of
Manhattan. They have two children together.
Childhood and Family:
Bart Freundlich was born Bartholomew Freundlich on January 17, 1970, in
Manhattan, New York. His father was a publisher, while his mother
worked as a marketing consultant for restaurants. He was educated at a
Quaker school in Manhattan for 12 years before goes on to attend
Northwestern University. After a year, he transferred to New York
University's Tisch School of the Arts, from which he graduated with a
double major in Cinema Studies and Film and Television Production.
While at NYU, he interned at John Lyons Casting Company.
In 1996, Bart began a relationship with actress Julianne Moore (born
December 3, 1960), whom he met on the set of “The Myth of
Fingerprints.” They welcomed their first child, son Caleb
Freundlich, on December 4, 1997. Their second child, daughter Liv
Freundlich, was born on April 11, 2002. The couple eventually married
on August 23, 2003.
Bart Freundlich made his directing debut with the short “A Dog
Race in Alaska” (1993). Thanks to his affiliation with John Lyons
Casting Company, he was able to secure a top level cast such as Bruce
Altman, Cara Buono and Jamie Harrold for his student film. After
graduating from NYU, Freundlich began working on the script for
“Fingerprints,” which eventually completed after a couple
of years. During this period, he worked at the Royalton Hotel for $200
a day to videotape conferences. He also made a short mockumentary about
personal trainers called “Hired Hands” (1994). After he got
enough money for selling “A Dog Race in Alaska,” Freundlich
decided to leave his day job to pursue a career as a filmmaker more
Freundlich directed, wrote and produced his full length film,
“The Myth of Fingerprints” (1997), which starred his future
wife Julianne Moore, Roy Scheider, Hope Davis, Blythe Danner, Noah
Wyle, Laurel Holloman and Michael Vartan. The film earned Grand
Jury Prize nomination for Dramatic at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival.
It also received the Audience Award and the Grand Special Prize
nomination at the 1997 Deauville Film Festival as well as nominations
at the Chlotrudis Awards, including Best Screenplay, Best
Cinematography and Best Supporting Actress (Moore). At the Independent
Spirit Awards, the film was nominated for the Best Supporting Male
category in 1997 and then for the Producers Award in 2001. “The
Myth of Fingerprints” grossed $458,815 against a production
budget of $2 million.
In 2000, Freundlich made his television debut with the made for
TV film “The Only Living Boy in New York,” which he
directed, wrote and executive produced. The drama starred Jill
Clayburgh, Amelia Heinle and Adam Kaufman.
Freundlich returned with his second feature, “World
Traveler,” which was screened at the Toronto Film Festival
on September 9, 2001 and later at the Sundance Film Festival on January
17, 2002. It starred Billy Crudup and Julianne Moore.
Freundlich made his studio film directing debut with “Catch That
Kid” (2004), which was a remake of the 2002 Danish
blockbuster “Klatretøsen.” Starring Kristen Stewart,
Corbin Bleu, Max Thieriot, Jennifer Beals and Sam Robards, the film
opened at No. 6 at the US box office with $5,824,860 in its first
opening weekend, and stayed at the top ten for two weeks. It went on to
gross a total of $16,930,762, against an original budget of $12
million. “Catch That Kid” received mostly negative reviews
In 2005, Freundlich directed, wrote and produced the romantic comedy
film “Trust the Man,” starring wife Julianne Moore, David
Duchovny, Billy Crudup and Maggie Gyllenhaal. It premiered at the
Toronto International Film Festival on September 12, 2005 before having
a limited release on August 18, 2006.
In September 2007, Freundlich directed an episode of the Showtime
dramedy television series “Californication” called
“LOL.” He went on to direct several other episodes, like
“La Petite Mort” (2008), “The Land of Rape and
Honey” and “Zoso” (both 2009), “Monkey
Business” (2011), “Waiting for the Miracle,”
“Raw” and “Perverts & Whores” (all 2012).
He directed Tracy L. Aldaz, Karin Anglin and Anne Archer in the
television film “Family Practice,” which was aired on the
Lifetime Network in February 2008. It was written by Jeffrey Lieber.
Freundlich returned to the big screen with “The Rebound”
(2009), which he directed, wrote and produced. The romantic comedy film
starred Catherine Zeta-Jones and Justin Bartha. It was released in
theaters in several countries in late 2009 and was originally scheduled
to be released in the United States on December 25, 2010. However. It
was canceled due to the film's distributor shutting down. It ended up
going direct to video in the United States on February 7, 2012.
Freundlich directed the final episode “Stuck in the Middle with
You” of the NBC police procedural television drama series
“Prime Suspect,” starring Maria Bello and Brian O'Byrne.
The episode broadcast on Sunday, January 22, 2012.
Deauville Film Festival: Audience Award, “The Myth of Fingerprints,” 1997