Your upcoming movie Sin Verite - in a few words, what is it
about, and what can you tell us about your character in it?
about a talented
but self destructive actress named "Abby" who falls under the
influence of a group of renegade thespians who practice
their craft in real life situations, where anything can happen and nothing
is what it seems.
far as I know, your character Abby in Sin Verite was written
specifically with you in mind - so to what extent do you find yourself in
Abby, and being an actress yourself, did you go through anything even
remotely comparable to her experiences? And what (else) do you draw upon
to bring Abby to life?
funny, I was playing around with the character last night and she is going
to be so much fun portraying. There are so many dynamics to her. She and I
are very similar in that we are both stubborn and stern yet
there is a very soft genuine side to her. Abby is a bit more daring than I
am. I could never go up to a stranger and just act out, I'm too shy for
that, but for Abby there seems to be no fear. I see her loneliness which
brings out her insecurities but only for brief moments. At the end she
does not know how to give up to get what she truly wants.
How did the project come into
being in the first place, and what convinced you to not only star in but
also produce the movie?
Tommy Sigmon [Tommy
"Lomai" Sigmon interview - slick here]
and I have been trying to find a project to work on together. He kept
telling me that he was going to write something for me after I moved to LA
from Chicago. Then one day he surprised me and sent the script for Sin
Verite. I expected it would need to go through some re-writes, but it was
very solid and unlike anything I have read or watched, so of course I was
in! I was not planning on producing this project because I knew how hard
it is to play the lead and produce. Plus I did not want people thinking
that the only way I get these roles is by producing the film. Then Tommy
told me that one of the executive producers said they were interested only
if I was producing as well... so I signed on as a producer.
What can you tell us about your
writer/director Tom Sigmon, how did you first hook up, and what has your
collaboration been like so far?
and I met at a screen festival where they were screening a film I was in,
either Sprinkles or Alex October. We vastly became friends and
kept talking about wanting to make a quality film together. I love collaborating with
Tommy because he thinks things through and continuously comes up
with new ideas. We discuss everything together, especially the crew and
cast. It's also nice that he is willing to do work on his end especially
since he is in Chicago (where the film will be shot) and I am on the West
Coast. The first film I ever produced, I was basically doing it all on my
end and it takes a lot out of you, so by the time we got to production I was
so worn out and looked very tired. I know that won't be repeated because
Tommy wants to see his project succeed and therefore he helps out in
any way he can.
Anything you can tell us
about your projected cast yet, and as a producer, how much say did you
have in casting the movie?
So far we have Tom
Wright and Jeremy Jordan attached and have some offers out to some great A-list names.
Tom Wright http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0942875/?ref_=fn_al_nm_2
Jeremy Jordan http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0430005/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1
We're hoping to have our IMDb-page up soon so we
can start listing the other cast members as they become announced. In
the mean time I have been up-dating our production site
When we started putting the business plan
together, I asked Tommy to send me a list of actors he would like to see
in each role. Our budget is only 350K so I knew we would not be able to
achieve all the names he listed. I then sent him links to amazing actors
I have either worked with or been following throughout my career. Lo and
behold, he has loved all my suggestions, so we started putting them on
As far as I know, Sin
Verite is still in pre-production as we speak. So what's the schedule,
and any idea when the film might be released yet (and I know it's probably
waaay too early to ask)?
mostly takes place in the fall early winter, so were aiming for
September/October of 2014. If we do get the full funding earlier, we could
begin shooting in December of 2013. Turnaround is usually at least a year
after the film is in the can.
Any future projects beyond Sin
I started filming part of
Eyes Upon Waking - www.eyesuponwaking.com
- and am hoping to
achieve further funding to finish up filming in Tucson by next summer.
T'aime, au Revoir by Bennie Woodell [Bennie
Woodell interview - click here] just finished wrapping so it is now in post.
You can follow my future projects at
As a producer, what are some of the
qualities you look for in projects, and how would you describe yourself as
a producer to begin with?
for projects that will not only have a market but will bring in an appeal
because of their uniqueness. It all comes down to how solid the story
is. Without a good story you will not have a good movie. As a producer I
need to prove that I can get my investors a return on their money. In
order to achieve this I need to build up great relations with
distribution. I am very honest in my approach and am a no-bullshit kinda
gal. I would love to earn the respect in this industry so I can continue
to move forward onto bigger projects.
they change daily, here are a few I have off the top of my head: Newfound
Girl, Spork, Butter, Skateland, Devil's
Carnival, Red White & Blue, Lawless, Red State,
Country Strong, Jolene, Shakespeare in Love, Cabin
Fever, It's Complicated, Fargo, Something's Gotta
Give, Five Easy Pieces, Whip it, Thumbsucker, Almost
Famous, Wrist Cutters and Orphan.
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