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An Interview with Josh Mitchell, Writer, Director and Star of Lack of Cockery

by Mike Haberfelner

September 2014

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It's about a venture capitalist who enlists a desperate indie singer to engage in a life swap with him. But when an unexpected female guest shows up at his door, he is forced to question his perspective on identity and love.


What were your inspirations when writing Lack of Cockery? And is any of the film autobiographical?


The story was inspired by my work as a Hollywood publicist and by my observations of actors and musicians hustling non-stop to reach their dreams. There are huge chunks of autobiographical pieces in the film but the main narrative is purely fiction.


Do talk about your directorial approach to your story at hand for a bit!


More than most of my pieces, I had a specific aesthetic in mind for this film in terms of its look and feel. This is a dialogue-heavy picture that could have easily excelled on the stage so when approaching it as a film I wanted to make sure we got intimate with the characters by covering most of the monologues with supreme close-ups. My overall directing approach was to keep it loose and organic but there was little improvising and the talent was extremely prepared in terms of locking down the scripted lines.


You also play the lead in Lack of Cockery - so have you written the character with yourself in mind, what did you draw upon to bring him to life, and how much of Josh Mitchell can we find in Jimmy? And can you find bits of yourself in Jaysin as well, actually?


Mike Maolucci and Josh discuss a life swap

I am essentially trying to be the Boston Woody Allen - meaning I usually write, direct, and act in most of my projects. With that said, I definitely molded the Jimmy character for me to tackle mainly because I have written a lot of rap songs through the years and this piece was a vehicle for me to expunge them from my artistic slate. There was some potential Jimmy interest from Ian Ziering of Sharknado and Beverly Hills, 90210 but it didn't pan out so I stepped up to the plate. Besides the monster bank account, there are an array of similarities between me and Jimmy but I mainly used tech heavyweights like Mark Cuban and Mark Zuckerberg as my inspiration.

There is a major bit of me in Jaysin which is I am still working diligently to overdrive my career on a daily basis and sometimes it can be frustrating and soul-crushing.


What can you tell us about the rest of your key cast, and why exactly these people?


Alethea Sholomenko

We auditioned over 100 actresses for the female lead but there was something fresh and untainted about Alethea Sholomenko. She is from Canada and she had only been in LA for a few months and a plethora of good luck had found her immediately. I got a gut feeling about her potential and after taking a few meetings with her and gauging how serious she was to shine I made it official. Same thing with Mike Maolucci who plays Jaysin in the movie. His audition perfectly captured the angst and subtle arrogance I envisioned when drafting the words. Both leads were ideal collaborators and they even wrote a handful of original music that is featured in the film.


Lack of Cockery features quite a few performances by as of yet little known talent - so what can you tell us about them, and how did you find all these people?


This project was funny because we really found people in all different places. My producers Alex Helisek and Joe Newkirk hit the Sundance Film Festival with me and we got the buzz going and the talent started to fall into place. Alex and I discovered the amazing singer Alisa Berhorst at the Saddle Ranch on The Sunset Strip. She is a bartender there and a karaoke queen. A few actors were my PR clients like the dynamic Shawn Jermaine (who also has an awesome song on the soundtrack) and the sexy Johanna Rae who plays Jaysin's sizzling side dish in the film. My executive producer Scott Young brought the prolific and seasoned actor David Sheinkopf to the table so it really was a team effort in terms of gathering the right people.


What can you tell us about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?


It was an action-packed eight day shoot and we whistled while we worked. However, it was viciously hot and poor Alethea was forced to be surrounded by an all male crew and you know how that can go sometimes. She handled us with flying colors and I don't think we could have had more fun shooting this film.


A few words about critical and audience reception of your film so far?


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The film is currently available to the world on Vimeo Demand and the initial reception has been encouraging. We were nominated for a few awards at a quality film festival in Atlanta and people are discovering and championing the movie on a daily basis. It is a challenge to compete with the Hollywood studios without their marketing budgets and people are still embracing the idea of paying for online content.


Any future projects you'd like to share?


I recently wrapped a compelling documentary called Tony's Tale and I am gearing up to shoot a high-concept short film next month. I have a top-notch TV series I created and I will be testing the waters with the networks and deciding whether or not it is possible to execute it on an indie level.


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Thanks for the interview!


Thank you, my man, and keep shooting for the stars.


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