Your new movie Lattie
- in a few words, what is it about?
It's a film about how this particular person (Lattie) deals with a
series of disturbing events. We all deal with things like that differently
and I wanted to explore how this character would.
What were your
sources of inspiration when writing Lattie,
and was any of it based on personal experiences?
really based on personal experiences exactly, but there are certain
aspects of my personality within Lattie as a character. I was thinking
about the Coen Brothers a lot while writing it and during our production.
just have to talk about Lattie's
brand of comedy!
I'm happy that you thought it was funny.
I'm never quite sure if it is just me who finds humor in it. During some
scenes of the movie it felt more slapstick than anything else I have ever
written and I was completely ok with that. We just rolled with whatever
Do talk about your directorial approach
to your story at hand for a bit!
Well this was quite a bit
different than previous films that I have directed because I'm in almost
every frame of this one. During production, I relied heavily on Lavender
Timmons (producer) and Eddy Scully (cinematographer) to be honest about my
performance and keep me in line if they noticed anything that didn't work.
You also play the lead
in Lattie - so what did
you draw upon to bring him to live, and have you written him with yourself
in mind? And how much of Kevin Chenault can we find in Lattie, actually?
the end of the writing process I began thinking about playing the
character. Emily McArdle (my girlfriend) helped convince me to play the
character. Also, it was basically a necessity because Eddy Scully
(cinematographer) was only going to be in town for 2 weeks and I didn't
have time to cast a lead. There are aspects of my personality in Lattie,
though I'm usually much more expressive with my emotions. Lattie tends to
bottle up a lot of his troubles.
can you tell us about the rest of your cast, and why exactly these people?
rest of the cast was an amazing bunch to work with. Audrey Hillyer
(Lattie's sister) & Paula Von (Lattie's mom) are both literature professors
and brought a lot to their characters.
talk about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere!
relaxed and smooth. In my experience, the filmmaking process is usually
filled with a series of tragic events and how you deal with those micro
tragedies says a lot about you as a person and the entire production. We
felt with our micro tragedies well.
$64 question of course, when and where will your movie be released onto
the general public?
We are sending it out to film festivals
currently and after that it will be available online somewhere for sure.
Anything you can tell us about
audience and critical reception of Lattie
Honestly, I used to never read reviews and now I read
them immediately when they come in. Even the bad ones I enjoy. I'm just
excited for people to see the film and if a handful of people enjoy it
then I'm more than happy. We'll see how the critical reception of the film
Any future projects you'd like to share?
currently working on a script and the working title is Hellen.
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got you into filmmaking to begin with, and did you receive any formal
education on the subject?
No formal education at all. I
just wanted to use a visual medium to showcase characters. I dropped out
of high school, took out a $1,000 loan to buy a Canon xl1, talked my
friends into helping me with a film, and started shooting.
What can you tell us about
your filmwork prior to Lattie?
Islands (2011) & Different Drum (2013). I worked with a lot of the
same friends who helped out with Lattie.
would you describe yourself as a director?
I never want to stop learning.
who inspire you?
David Lynch, Coen Brothers, Wes Anderson,
Noah Baumbach, Jim Jarmusch, and I could go on and on for days.
Your favourite movies?
on the week, but the movies that I think about often are: Squid And The
Whale, The Life Aquatic, Wild At Heart, and the sound design of
and of course, films you really deplore?
Haha, the only
films I deplore are those that talk down to the audience and thankfully
those are rare.
movie's website, Facebook, whatever else?
you're dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
a lot for checking out Lattie
and taking your time to ask me a few
for the interview!