Your new movie Deany
Bean is Dead - in a few words, what is it about?
Bean is Dead is about a woman who tries to win back her ex-boyfriend at
his engagement party without revealing that her freshly-strangled boss is
in the trunk of her car outside. Comedy, of course!
outrageous as Deany
Bean is Dead might be as a whole, is any of it based on personal
Though I should clarify that I have never stalked or physically harmed
anyone (never thought I’d have to say that, but there ya go). The
experience Deany is based on is more in terms of the emotional content:
Deany feels hurt, abandoned, rejected and vulnerable, and all her actions
come from those feelings, which I have definitely felt! I think most
people have at some point. And, like Deany, I have certainly felt rejected
by a love interest. Isn’t that just part of being human?
(Other) sources of inspiration when writing Deany
Bean is Dead?
I wrote the script I went through a pretty rigorous Hitchcock phase.
Movies like Rope, Dial M for Murder and Rear Window were fresh in my mind
when I was working on Deany
Bean is Dead. I think it’s pretty clear to see how those
influences shine through!
Do talk about Deany
Bean is Dead's brand of humour for a bit!
identities, missed messages, happy accidents - those are some of my
favorite kinds of humor, and they run rampant in this movie. I guess I’d
say that it’s classic humor (just look at any Shakespeare comedy and
you’ll see many of the same tricks), but in this movie, it can also feel
subtle. One of my favorite lines is when Christopher Glenn Cannon, as Tom,
tells Deany, “I don’t want you to waste your life with him.” Deany
responds, completely seriously, “Who should I waste my life with?” That
kind of dry humor is my favorite.
can you tell us about bringing Deany
Bean is Dead to the screen from a producer's point of view?
dealt with some major limitations on this production, as most indie
projects do, and like most indie producers, we knew that when there’s a
will, there’s a way! I would say that overall, the production was
incredibly nimble as we found creative solutions to all our limiting
factors. We found ways to tell the story using the resources we had:
locations we knew we could use, actors who were flexible, and crew who
were eager to jump in despite our small-scale production.
also play the lead in Deany
Bean is Dead - so what did you draw upon to bring her to life, and
have you written Deany with yourself in mind from the get-go?
the beginning I knew I was going to play Deany. Sometimes that actually
makes writing the character a bit more challenging — when you see
yourself playing the role in your mind’s eye, you have to focus a little
more on defining character quirks and traits. I think it’s because we
can never truly have an outside perspective of ourselves, but through
rounds of feedback and edits Deany the character was able to take shape.
I stepped into the role as an actress, Deany really came to life. I drew
upon my own experiences of heartache, longing, and rejection to find a
character who is driven to extreme action from the intensity of those
can you tell us about the rest of Deany
Bean is Dead's cast, and why exactly these people?
am so proud of this cast. Australian actress Wendy Wilkins plays Maxine, a
role she booked off a really fabulous self-taped audition. Christopher
Glenn Cannon (Tom) is someone I had worked with previously; he and I were
in a stage production of August: Osage County together in Orange County,
CA, and I wrote the part of Tom with him in mind. Chris is great because
you always sense there’s something more happening beneath the surface
that you can’t quite get a handle of; I think that’s why his portrayal
of Tom is so fantastic. It takes a little bit to realize that he’s got
some bad intentions beneath the polish of Tom!
Allison with Colin Taylor Martin
Taylor Martin is another actor I’ve worked with extensively. I really
admire Colin’s powers of observation and the sensitivity he brings to
every performance; I wrote the role of Myron specifically for him. I
should mention that the first time I ever met Colin he was playing Hamlet
on stage with the California Shakespeare Company, and I fell in love with
him instantly. We got married earlier this year.
Siadat as Angela, Paul Tigue as Dr. Harris, Melanie Leanne Miller as Tara,
Paulina Lule (Bugembe) as Issy, Jay Wallace as the voice of Jermaine
Liveswell and Kaitlin Huwe as Daisy (the meditation teacher) are all
fantastic. I had a great time working with these people and I hope to do
so again soon!
talk about Deany Bean
is Dead's director Mikael Kreuzriegler, and what was your
is incredibly collaborative, which makes him wonderful to work with as a
writer and an actress. He and I made a handful of short films together
before we took the plunge and worked on Deany
Bean is Dead. Though I wrote the script,
he and I developed and refined the script together, and it went through
many edits, revisions, table reads and even some last minute on-set
changes suggested by actors.
is really tuned in to what actors need in order to succeed. Similarly, he
knows how to shape a protagonist so that she’s likable — even if
she’s doing things that most people wouldn’t put in the “being a
good person” category!
How much of a say did you receive or
demand on the creative side of things during the actual shoot of the
had a lot of input through the project, but once we were on set, Mikael
was in charge of the creative direction. He often would pause and ask me
for clarification from the writer’s perspective, and if there was
confusion, we would talk through it together. Like I said, Mikael is
incredibly collaborative, and there was never a need to “demand”
creative input. He always invited me into the conversation.
So what can you tell us about the shoot as such,
and the on-set atmosphere?
it was so much fun! Some film sets are fraught with tension: Directors
feeling under the gun, actors feeling like they don’t know what’s
happening, producers wondering if they’re going to make their days.
Fortunately, those things were rare on the set of Deany
Bean is Dead. From my
perspective, 95% of the shoot was pure fun and problem-solving. There were
some moments where we realized we’d run out of time and needed to
regroup, but in all, I was very impressed with the collaborative spirit
each person brought to the project.
The $64-question of course,
where can Deany Bean is
Dead be seen?
Bean is Dead will be available on VOD platforms starting July 10th.
Anything you can tell us about
audience and critical reception of Deany
Bean is Dead?
pleased to say that, overall, the reception has been very good. Some
reviewers point out that there is a “rough around the edges” feel to Deany
Bean is Dead, but I think that’s to be expected in the world of
ultra-low budget film. However, the most important things to me and Mikael
are story and character — and I would say that, for the most part, those
two components have been celebrated, which is great!
Any future projects you'd like to
short film I wrote and directed, What Katy Did, is about to premiere at
The Valley Film Festival in North Hollywood this August (pending COVID
restrictions, of course). That film stars Elyse Mirto in the lead role and
Bean is Dead’s own Paul Tigue in a supporting role.
What got you into the filmworld to begin with,
and did you receive any formal training on the subject?
studied acting and playwriting at the National Theater Institute in
Connecticut when I was in college, and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a
career shortly thereafter. I’d say I knew from the age of 17 that I
wanted to be an actress. It’s just taken me a little while to figure out
exactly what that would look like.
it comes to filmmaking, you seem to fill positions in front of and behind
the camera with equal ease - so what aspects of filmmaking do you enjoy
the most, which could you do without?
is my favorite. Before anything else, I’m a writer. Acting is second.
I’ve recently begun to dabble in the realm of directing, which I find
very exciting — being able to take charge of bringing your specific
vision to life is really gratifying, and I look forward to more
opportunities in that arena.
What can you tell
us about your filmwork prior to Deany
Bean is Dead, in whatever position?
started writing and producing my own films pretty early on in my career,
after I realized that auditioning for anything and everything wasn’t
going to get me where I wanted to go very quickly.
actors, filmmakers, whoever else who inspire you?
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was really inspired this year by the new Amazon Original The Great
starring Elle Fanning. And doubly impressed that she served as executive
producer! Talk about a woman taking charge.
love romantic comedies. Lately I’ve really enjoyed Table 19 and Juliet,
... and of course, films you really
have trouble sitting through action movies. Too many fight sequences where
I can’t really tell what’s happening, or I haven’t been given a
chance to get emotionally invested in the characters and I lose interest.
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Anything else you're dying to mention and
I have merely forgotten to ask?
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Thanks for the
Thank you very much!