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An Interview with Alex DiVincenzo, Director of Be Us

by Mike Haberfelner

May 2018

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Your new movie Be Us - in a few words, what is it about?

 

In Be Us, a man is interrogated after encountering an otherworldly being. The entire short is comprised of a single actor sitting in a chair recounting his story.

 

With Be Us being an alien invasion story of sorts, is that a genre at all dear to you, and some of your genre favourites?

 

I like my science fiction infused with horror. I think the idea of an alien invasion is terrifying. Alien, Aliens, and The Thing are among my favorite movies of all time.

 

(Other) sources of inspiration when writing Be Us?

 

Be Us was initially conceived to serve as an acting reel for T.J. Frizzi, who stars in the film. I was happy to help him hash out the script so that it told a compelling story while showcasing his range as an actor.

 

You co-wrote Be Us with the film's lone actor T.J. Frizzi - so what was your collaboration like when writing, and what made him perfect for the role?

 

T.J. is one of my closest friends, and writing with him is always a blast. We challenge one another to ensure that the story is the best it can possibly be until we are both completely satisfied. It was always written for him, and I knew he could pull it off.

 

What can you tell us about your directorial approach to your story at hand, and since the film never leaves exactly one rather featureless room, what kind of a challenge was it to keep things interesting?

 

I try to challenge myself with each project, and Be Us presented a big challenge in maintaining viewer interest within the confines of a single actor in an empty room. It may not be my most dynamic work as a director, although I sneaked in a couple of small flourishes to keep it interesting, and I think the performance and story carry the film.

 

Do talk about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?

 

The entire set consisted of only me, T.J., our cinematographer, Neil Guliano, and our special effects artist, Jordan Pacheco [Jordan Pacheco interview - click here], working together in my brother's basement. We're all good friends and have been working on each other's projects for several years, so it was a very loose, fun atmosphere.

 

The $64-question of course, where can your movie be seen?

 

You can watch Be Us on YouTube now! https://youtu.be/ldNnvePjFKU

 

Anything you can tell us about audience and critical reception of Be Us yet?

 

I was nervous about the reaction to Be Us. I knew T.J. gave a great performance, but it's not a typical short film. It's essentially a 5-minute monologue, but I'm really pleased that people seem to be connecting with it. We didn't think it would play many film festivals due to the unconventional approach, but we played at some great ones and received a positive response.

 

Any future projects you'd like to share?

 

My latest short, The Misplaced, is currently on the festival circuit and will probably be online later this year. It was also co-written by T.J., but it's a more traditional horror short. It recently premiered to a sold-out audience at the Boston Underground Film Festival, and I'm really happy with how it came out.

I always have a couple of projects in various stages of development. My next short film will bet titled As It Rots, which I'm co-directing with my good friend and talented filmmaker Jordan Pacheco [Jordan Pacheco interview - click here] very soon.

 

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Your/your movie's website, Facebook, YouTube, whatever else?

 

You can find my production company, Lockbridge Productions, on Facebook (https://facebook.com/lockbridgeprods) for updates on future projects, and check out our YouTube (http://bit.ly/LockbridgeProds) to watch some of our shorts. You can also follow my personal Twitter (https://twitter.com/alexislegend) and Facebook (https://facebook.com/alexdivincenzo) to keep in touch. If you're a horror movie fan, I also run BrokeHorrorFan.com.

 

Anything else you're dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?

 

I just want to thank you for taking the time to speak with me! I can't wait to share the next one with you.

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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