If you’re interested in becoming a filmmaker, producer, director, or writer
Born in Framingham, Massachusetts in 1984, Hugo earned a B.A. in Film Studies from Columbia University in 2006. While studying at Columbia, Hugo interned for production companies, worked on various movie sets and worked in script development.
After graduating from Columbia, Hugo co-founded The Group Entertainment, a talent management and film production company, with 3 other partners. The company represents 25 leading film, television and theatre actors, and produces 3-5 films per year.
After 6 years, Carly left the company with her producing partner Matt Parker to found Loveless, a production company.
Hugo produced the video for Beyoncé’s “Rocket,” Vera Farmiga’s directorial debut, Higher Ground (2011), the documentary Hot Coffee (2011), which was awarded a Television Academy Honor from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and indie-hit Bachelorette (2012), starring Kirsten Dunst and Rebel Wilson. Carly also produced Mother of George, a film that recently won Best Cinematography at Sundance. Carly is also currently in production on the film Everything is Copy, a documentary for HBO about the late writer Nora Ephron.
My biggest advice for, in that early twenties, in that coming out of college is just to throw yourself into things. If you think you want to be a writer then do it, but actually do it and set goals for yourself and set deadlines and hit them.
So throw yourself into things. And really go for it and don’t be afraid of failing because what’s the worst that can happen? You won’t have any money. And in the end you can figure out a way to get money.
Just don’t half ass anything, even if you don’t know what you want to do. If you’re 22 years old, you’re graduating college and you don’t know what you want to do… then throw yourself into something foreal for a year, and if you don’t like it, then try something else.
Cinematography: Danielle Calodney
Audio by: Andreina Velazquez
Edited by: Danielle Calodney
Interviewed by: Isabel Castro