Your upcoming movie Amor Sangre - in a few words, what's it
going to be about?
Amor Sangre, ‘love blood’, follows 426-year-old vampire, the out-of-touch
Lucianna, as she kidnaps a housewife with whom she’s fallen in love.
Veronica, a wholesome, old fashioned mother of two, is whisked away to a
‘love nest,’ and Lucianna tries desperately to make Veronica her
loving bride. Comedy ensues when the couple meet Serena, a witty
prostitute, who goes from being their next meal to a lifelong friend. With
Serena's help, can Lucianna win Veronica’s heart?
How did the project fall together in
the first place, and what were your sources of inspiration when writing Amor
began writing this as a short story 3 years ago. When I wrote this I was
obsessed with online role playing and one day an old friend and I began
a similar role play. However, it was totally different. The concept has
had a major makeover since then. I didn't want to keep it a short story.
It was too good to not see it in action.
With Amor Sangre being a vampire
movie - is that a genre you're especially fond of, and what do you think
will make your movie stand out of the crowd?
Jocelyn Padilla, Lindsey Elisabeth Cork
loved vampire films as a child. But it was the old Bela Lugosi and
Nosferatu types. I am also a huge comedy fan. I love finding humor in
strange or dark situations. This film will stand out because even though
it is a comedy there is a lot of heart and beauty in it. Plus, it a
vampire film about a lesbian couple. It speaks subtly that it doesn't
matter that the two lovers are women. The conflict is found outside of the
gender of the pair.
play one of the leads in Amor Sangre - so what can you tell us
about your character, and what will you draw upon to bring her to life?
And have you written your character with yourself in mind, based her on
is an old fashioned, and naive housewife who doesn't quite understand a
world outside of her own. I have observed the Stepford type of wife in
films, and even women I see here in New England to help me get the idea of
how to approach her. I actually have planned to play Veronica since I
wrote this as a script. The reason being that actually Veronica is
completely different from me. I am not at ALL like a traditional
housewife. I don't have children, I don't pride myself in cleaning, or
baking. I am far more out there and rebellious. But that is part of the
fun. I love playing people totally different from me.
What can you tell us about the rest of your
projected cast, and why exactly these people?
in this film first we have Jocelyn Padilla [Jocelyn
Padilla interview - click here] playing Lucianna the lead.
Jocelyn is not only a very close person in my life but a prominent New
England filmmaker and actress. She was the main reason I got a chance
here. She helped me so much. I chose
her because like me with Veronica Jocelyn is nothing like Lucianna.
Jocelyn is usually type cast as a goody-goody or normal girl. I wanted
people to see that she can branch out and go wild with her roles.
Dawn Shea, Leo Ariea
have Dawn Shea playing Serena. Dawn hasn't had many oppourtunities in the
acting world thus far. She is talented and deserves a chance to shine.
Serena is a perfect role for her because Dawn has the perfect balance of
feirceness, sexiness, and warmth.
Finally we have Leo Ariea playing
Carlos. It is a first for Leo. Leo has never acted before. He got this
role because he is a friend who I saw great potential in. When he
auditioned for me I was blown away. I cannot wait for everyone to see the
great potentional and sheer raw talent this cast is made of.
director Geena Matuson [Geena
Matuson interview - click here] - what will she bring to the table?
met Geena through another friend in the industry, Mike Messier [Mike
Messier interview - click here]. He told me
to check out her work and I did. I was very impressed. She is not only
extremely talented as a director but she and I have a great working
chemistry that we can communicate and have similar ideas for what we want
for this film. Plus, Geena has taught me a lot about the production part
of the business along the way. She has been such a God send for me and the
rest of crew. I could never thank her enough for all she has done and
taught me for this film.
far as I know, the film is still in its fundraising stages - so what can
you tell us about your fundraising efforts?
now we are launching our Kickstarter campaign. Our goal is $2,500.00.This
will pay for special effects, make up, costumes, food, and even festival
fees. So we can put together an amazing project.
funds are raised, how do you plan to proceed, and any idea when and where
the movie might be released onto the general public yet?
the Kickstarter reaches its goal and we have the funds in hand we plan to
shoot this film the last three days in March. Once it is shot, edited, we
plan to send this film to festivals, and have DVDs made, and of course the
future projects beyond Amor Sangre?
have several projects in mind. Jocelyn [Jocelyn
Padilla interview - click here] has a film I am co-starring in, and
she and I have collaborated on several ideas for future scripts. But,
shhh... no word on them yet. That is for later.
What got you
into the filmworld to begin with, and what can you tell us about our
filmwork prior to Amor Sangre?
have wanted to act since I was 3. I began looking into it when I
was eighteen while I still lived in my native home in West
Virginia. No luck there. But I then moved to Arizona when I was
twenty-one. I acted in a few indie films out there as an extra and got my
feet wet in both acting and modeling. It was when I moved to Rhode Island
in 2012 that I got any kind of break. I am writing my own projects now
because I decided if I want a chance to prove myself I had to make my own
work. From there I am hoping other filmmakers can see my potential.
How would you
describe yourself as a writer and as an actress?
am an eccentric in life. So my scripts are very outside the box. I like
being an adventurous actress and writer. I like to escape myself and play
characters I am very different from. However, very relateable. I love
escaping myself. That is what makes an actor a real actor.
writers, filmmakers, whatever else who inspire you?
Burton is my absolute favourite director. He has been my favourite since I
was a baby. I have wanted to work with him for years. His child-like
qualities mixed with the dark side of life is just a perfect blend. Also
as actors/actresses go Helena Bonham Carter is another inspiration, along
with Johnny Depp, and Shirley Maclaine. All three are to me unique, and
the epitomy of talent. Plus beyond that they are just real. I love anyone
who keeps it real.
love psychological movies with dark humor like Fight Club, Heathers and
Secret Window. Also older films like The Seven Year Itch, Irma La
and The Trouble with Harry. Of course Tim Burton works like Beetlejuice
and The Corpse Bride. I could really ramble about movies I love all day
... and of course, films you deplore?
cannot stand films that are stupid attempting to be funny. Such as,
National Lampoon's Van Wilder. That is just not my humor. Also, extremely
gorey horror films with no plot. You know the type that has half naked
women for no reason. None of the actors can act and they think by adding
breasts it makes the bad story better.
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