Charlie Kaufman, until recently a screenwriter, received the Time Machine Award. The screenwriter for works like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Being John Malkovich presented his first movie as a director, Synecdoche, New York. The films, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, explains the story of a man who, after getting separated from his wife, decides to take his own life to the stage.
Charlie Kaufman, screenwriter for films like Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind said "I had been kicking around the idea of directing and I think this was the right time". Kaufman added that "the harder part was filming the screenplay's 204 scenes in 45 shooting days and with a budget of about 20 millions dollars from independent production companies".