Searching for Salinger: On the Making of ‘Coming Through the Rye’

Feature piece written from interviews with cast and director of indie film, ‘Coming Through the Rye,’ which debuted at the 2015 Heartland Film Festival. Publication: The Campus Citizen, IUPUI undergraduate student media outlet.



Just two years after publishing “The Catcher in the Rye,” renowned author J.D. Salinger retreated from the public sphere by moving to a remote cabin in New Hampshire. Here, he withdrew from the spotlight, cut back on all communication, and successfully escaped his growing fan base–well, except for James Sadwith.

“Coming Through the Rye” tells the autobiographical story of director James Sadwith, a longtime TV producer and Holden Caulfield sympathizer. Throughout the film, Sadwith captures his own true story searching for the reclusive Salinger out in the countryside. Driven by the desire to play Holden Caulfield in a theatrical adaptation of the novel, actor Alex Wolff plays a young Sadwith as the character of Jamie, a 16-year-old boy who feels misunderstood and rejected at his boarding school. After much difficulty, Jamie runs off to find Salinger, played by Chris Cooper, at his home in the woods. Oddly enough, the film wasn’t Sadwith’s first attempt at telling the tale…. Read full story here.


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