Your new movie BB - in
a few words, what is it about?
is about doing any and everything, inside
and outside your means, for the person you love.
Basic question of course,
why make a movie about a camgirl, and - even if this might sound silly -
did you do any research on the subject?
I often have a bunch of 20 minute chunks of
films in my head and as new fragments or elements occur to me, they get
added to the pile. Occasionally the pieces fuse themselves together and
become something that people havenít really seen before.
A lot of stories I enjoy, things like Taxi
Driver, involve the dark-side of the world willingly invited into the lead
characterís life for one reason or another.
I hadnít spent any time on web-cam sites
previous to writing this or meeting Jen, our lead. If youíre looking for
porn, watching a web-cam girl is like putting on Stairway
To Heaven when you want to hear some heavy
rock music quickly and just carry on with your day.
Other sources of
inspiration when writing BB?
And since you wrote your movie's story together with your lead actress
Jennifer Mae, what was her input like?
One of those chunks that was in my head was
several tapes I saw in high school featuring Ricardo Lopez, who filmed 18
hours of himself building an acid bomb to mail to his true-love - BjŲrk.
There are mash-ups of the tapes on YouTube, but watching the un-cut
footage is fascinating and horrifying.
This mindset introduced into a world where
people serve up their lives minute to minute to the world on social media
with the ability to hack into embedded laptop cameras, mixed with our most
primal urges seemed like a modern version of a peeping tom.
My only direction in the script for the Candy
Cummings character was the rainbow colors & pink wig. After we had a
few discussions, she came up with all the looks, wardrobes and is a web
cam girl in her daily life, so seemed only fair to share a credit for the
creation of the character.
To what extent
could you actually identify with both of your lead characters, Leah and
Iíve never stripped or filmed porn like
Leah, but Iíve sacrificed a lot and worked with people who became
two-faced and vanished. Things that felt like the professional equivalent of
covering up a mohawk with a pink wig.
I think itís a fairly universal experience for people to hook into.
Same as Hal projecting his ideals onto a dream-girl assuming she will be
the answer to everything thatís missing.
Do talk about your directorial approach to your
story at hand for a bit!
I wanted to show people what I could do and
with the least amount of resources possible. Everyone in the cast was
first-time or non actors, I had a 2 person crew and performed all the jobs
myself from marketing to making it.
Iíve done a lot of work as the Robin to
someone elseís Batman - ghost-directing projects or re-editing films and
trailers for studios that get a lot of attention and praise for the
Iíve always been happy to do it. Every
project always taught me a new trick, but it was 18+ hours a day for years
and drained my energy. I felt like my own projects suffered by the time I
got around to them.
A few words about
your movie's rather impressive soundtrack, and how did you even get all
soundtrack cover art
I spent a lot of time in New Orleans doing all
the visuals, design & marketing for Atlantic artist Curren$y and the
roster on his record label Jet Life.
Iíve done 60 or more music videos and over 9
features filmís worth of documentary work in hip hop, so over the years
Iíve met and worked with the best and biggest names in the industry, so
it was just a matter of handing them a joint and asking.
What can you tell us about the shoot as
such, and the on-set atmosphere?
of my projects Iíve made completely on my own, so having John Sovie,
Russ Matoes and Kristian Hanson around every day helped a ton. The film is
dark and claustrophobic to film so some days were better than others, but
I am a marijuana advocate so anytime things could get tense, thereís
always a simple way to relax and bounce back quickly.
The $64-question of
course, where can your movie be seen?
are deals in the works to get it around in stores. Today, the film can be
downloaded exclusively from Bit Torrent Bundle. For $9.99 you legally
download a torrent file with the film, 37 song soundtrack and score, 2
music videos, several art prints and more here:
Anything you can
tell us about audience and critical reception of BB?
We screened a cut for market at Cannes earlier
this year, and we have about 20 write-ups so far and I can objectively say
we are one of the best reviewed independent films of this year.
Every once and awhile on Twitter, Iíll offer
to send the film to a handful of my followers and their reaction has been
universally enthusiastic - for a film I thought might turn off as many
people as it turned on.
future projects you'd like to share?
Right now I am in pre-production on my second
film called Umerica (pronounced you-merica) - which is sort of a satirical
love letter to conspiracy theories and the mediaís role in it all.
Itís a big ensemble cast with faces you know
and love. Cannes deadline is March 17th, so we are aiming to shoot towards
the end of January 2017 to be able to get a cut over to them in time.
What got you into
filmmaking in the first place, and did you receive any formal training on
I am self-taught and
quit a professional hockey career in the 90s after drinking the Weinstien
Kool-Aid - believing all their rags-to-riches marketing fairy tales they
seemed to tag onto all their young directing talent at the time.
would you describe yourself as a director?
was delivered in June almost to the day I started my career ten years ago
and I consider it my ďcompromisesĒ decade. Certain things I let slide or choosing to work with people despite knowing
they were high-disaster-risk would always come back to haunt me or the end
result of the project time and time again. Iíve escaped all this largely injury-free and will make sure the next
fifty years or so are described as ďuncompromisingĒ.
who inspire you?
This is the
question that ends up haunting every future film review ever, haha.
Uhhh...everything from Stanley Kubrick to Tom Berninger.
Your favourite movies?
have about 100 movies that I love that I watch over and over. Dancer in
The Dark probably influenced me the most with everything leading up to,
and including BB. I watch King Of Kong: Fistful Of Quarters a lot.
and of course, films you really deplore?
donít despise any film. Except Boyhood.
I've never got into the made-for-retweet cinema thing that's been taking
over the last while. I feel like if I wrote a script called
ďCocktapusĒ about an evil octopus with dicks for arms, Iíd be a
billionaire, but Iím not ready to go to the dark side yet.
movie's website, Facebook, whatever else?
social media handles and websites are fortyfps
you're dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
producer of Sharknado follows me on Twitter, I DMíd him about Umerica
and he read it and didnít reply, so if he wants to work within his
wheelhouse on #Cocktapus someone tell him to hit me back with some figures
and letís get after it, haha.
for the interview!