Your upcoming film Chronic Insanity - in a few words, what is
it going to be about?
Insanity tells the story of a former dealer who needs some quick
cash, times are tough. So through a series of unfortunate circumstances he
finds himself pulled back into the fold with his former supplier setting
off a chain reaction of dangerous and hilarious situations that might just
get all involved killed.
What were your inspirations when
writing Chronic Insanity?
Multiple things I guess. I
really wanted to write something new and different than what I'm used to.
I always have tons of different ideas bouncing around in my head but one
night I was at work and started brainstorming with a co-worker and the
title Chronic Insanity just came up. I've known and do know a
lot of people who either smoke weed or sell it so the idea of writing a
script taking place in the drug scene just seemed to spike my interest.
is a hybrid of horror and stoner comedy - why did you figure the two
genres would gel?
Horror and comedy have always gone hand
in hand. There's always that moment in a horror movie where the scare is
building up and then when it hits there's that great moment after the jump
where you can relax and laugh. The laughter is a natural reaction to that
heightened state of paranoia, that fear of what might have just happened.
We laugh and shrug it off because after whatever we've just experienced
we're still okay! In essence, that laughing
becomes a defense mechanism to our fear of the unknown. So in reality the
comedy and horror genres have always co-existed in degrees. As far as the
whole stoner comedy dynamic, in my experience people who are impaired by
weed or even other things like alcohol are usually coming off in such
random and non-typical states that they beg to be laughed at. Hence, why
not take characters who will naturally bring a comedic element to the
proceeding and mix them into a scenario with lots of suspense, danger,
scary hallucinations, sweet drugs, tons of killing, blood, erotica, more
killings and even more drugs?! At the risk of sounding big-headed, I think
Is the stoner comedy a genre you're at
all into, and your genre favourites?
In all honesty, it's
actually not! A few years ago I had some buddies over and they insisted I
watch a Cheech & Chong flick because I'd never seen one
and apparently for a huge movie buff like myself this was blasphemy! They
had brought over Cheech & Chong's Next Movie, which I sat
through for nearly 90 minutes with a straight face. I got the humor but I
just didn't think it was funny! Smoking weed doesn't just make shit
hilarious and watching them do their antics in that movie was a bit
mind-blogging seriously. My two friends laughed until they cried while I
was sitting there with this look on my face like, "Why did I agree to
flush my next hour and a half down the toilet?" So yeah, the stoner
comedy isn't something I'm very fond of per se. I enjoyed the first Harold &
Kumar movie but thought the two sequels were
terrible. Director Aiden Dillard made a pair of movies that were so random
and wild you just had to love them called Meat Weed Madness
and Meat Weed America. Also, just because I'm a huge fan of
Full Moon Pictures I love the Evil Bong-trilogy but that has a
lot to do with the in-jokes of the company and the talent involved.
How would you
describe your film's brand of humour?
We'll be going for
natural humor all the way. No silly set-ups and acting like morons, just
natural and physical hilarity! I think we have some really funny
characters in Chronic Insanity and it helps that we've
assembled a really funny collection of actors and actresses to bring it
all to life. There will be tons of room for improvisation in this thing
also so the talent involved will have room to breath and really try to
infuse their respective characters with their own touches of humanity and
Since it's also a
horror movie, how far do you plan to go in terms of gore and violence?
will have it's decent share of really intense violence. That is a
guarantee! There are so many physical altercations and murders in this
thing it's almost ridiculous to be completely honest but I think that's
one thing that will keep people glued to the action.
would you describe your directorial approach to the proceedings?
On this one the directorial style is gonna be pretty loose. We're really
looking to push our players and experiment to degrees with the
improvisation and get the best out of each person and scenario.
Chronic Insanity, you share directing duties with scream
queen Nicola Fiore, who will make her directorial debut with the movie,
right? Why her, and would you like to talk about her for a bit?
and I go back many years. Her and I first worked together on For
Christ's Sake back in '07 and we really hit it off professionally.
Practically everything I've been involved in since she's had a hand in in
some way or another. We compliment each other. We think alike. We find
humor in the same things. She is an accomplished actress and producer but
really wants to broaden her film cannon so the idea of her sharing the
director's chair with me on this thing just makes sense. I think we can
and will learn a lot from each other on this too and film itself is always
a learning experience. It should be a lot of fun!
few words about your principal cast, and how did you find them?
cast is a pretty great group of people thus far. Our lead dealer that
causes all of this strife will be played by a really great comedic actor
named Andy McCain. I really think he's gonna be great as
"Jenkins", our lead lovable douchebag who's just trying to get
by but ends up causing a whole world of hurt for everyone he comes into
contact with. As far as our supporting cast we have a collection of great
newcomers that are so damned funny and talented including Joey Garcia,
Trevor Jessup and Kristina McCaughley! Mark my words, you'll see more of
these people! Plus, my good buddy Andrew Combs will be bringing our lead
kingpin to menacing life! Nicola will be doing a cameo as well. I'd never
write a script without creating a part for her. Plus, we have a really
funny cameo on tap from the Meat Weed-master himself Aiden
Dillard. He's a real character himself and he'll make a great addition
know it's probably waaay too early to ask, but any idea when and where the
film will be released onto the public yet?
That's a good
question! I'd like to think it should be done by year's end and that we
can be doing festival screenings with the start of 2013. Only time will
projects beyond Chronic Insanity?
Too many to
speak of really! Haha, I'm still overseeing the For Christ's
Sake projects and hope to have a finished version of For
Nicole's Sake soon. Slaughter Daughter is winding down
through post and will be ready to attack the festival circuit soon. I've
been helping cast and executive produce an indie comedy called Limo
Driver for my friend Joseph Mazzaferro. I'm currently writing a
sequel to Chronic Insanity. There's also discussion on a lot of other
things that are gestating!
film's website, Facebook, indiegogo, whatever else?
C Word Productions Youtube Channel:
Chronic Insanity Facebook Fan Page:
Slaughter Daughter Youtube Channel:
Limo Driver Facebook Fan Page:
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else you'd like to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
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for the interview!
Thanks again for your continued interest in me and my films.
It means a lot and I appreciate the support!