Your upcoming film Feast or Famine - in a few words, what's
it going to be about?
Famine is a post-apocalyptic thriller that
personifies 21st century thinking: How many of us choose to believe lies
on a daily basis, because we find comfort in the safety of our boxes? We
operate out of fear, and constantly choose comfortable lies over the
What were your inspirations when
writing Feast or Famine?
Feast or Famine is
most obviously inspired by The Omega Man, I Am
Legend, The Road, and many other post-apocalyptic films,
but at its heart, if we're talking pure story, it takes its true
inspiration from films like Donnie Darko and
Since Feast or Famine
is taking place in a post-apocalyptic world - which kind of apocalypse are
we talking about? And what can you tell us about your movie's approach to
the post-apocalyptic genre as such?
much more to this story than your typical post-apocalyptic survival film.
It's a psychological roller coaster ride. What motivates Cole, the
protagonist, is his desire to connect to someone - anyone - after his wife's
passing. It's not until he's visited
by Sasha, a desperate woman searching for her lost boyfriend, that he's
drawn out of his home, and forced to confront his inner turmoil. There's a
lot of mystery to the story and the root cause of the apocalypse, but what
I can tell you is there aren't many people around.
What can you tell us
about your movie's intended look and feel?
What we're going for in
this film is a feeling of isolation. What would you do if you
believed you were the last two people on Earth? How far would you go
to prove to yourself that you're not alone? It's Cole's inability to
open up to anyone else since his wife's death that stands in the way
of potentially answering these questions.
As far as the overall
look is concerned, I want the feeling of Cole's remorse to come
through in Earth tones, and a relatively bland color pallet. There
are moments of clarity and solace that will play a little warmer,
but the desperation of the situation will come through visually. We
have an extremely talented and experienced camera crew led by
Michael T. Sanchez, who is our director of photography, and Mikey
Pounds, our 1st AC. Michael Sanchez shot our previous feature Killer Ink, and has worked on such films as
Hatchet 2, MacGruber, and most recently Star Raiders: The Adventures of Saber Raine, which stars
Casper Van Dien.
Bill Oberst jr
Do talk about
Feast or Famine's projected cast for a bit, and why exactly these
The film's assistant
director / production manager / my business partner at Under Fire
Studios Melissa Bazis and I could not be more excited about the cast
Famine stars the deeply talented Hollywood actor Bill Oberst jr [Bill
Oberst jr interview - click here],
known for his Emmy award-winning performance in Take This
Lollipop, a ratings-winning role on CBS-TV's
Minds, and a featured episode of True Blood. Bill plays
Flynn, a mysterious visitor who warns Cole of the dangers of getting
too close to Sasha.
Andrew J. Katers plays
Cole Nye. Cole is a loving husband turned recluse after his wife's
untimely death. Some of Andrew's more notable roles include playing
the lead role of Calvin in the upcoming crime-thriller series Anomaly, the heart-broken lover Thomas in
and Tom, a drug addict, in Hungry Ghost.
They will be surrounded
by Colorado's finest talent, including young up-and-comer Lily
Clibon. Lily is the daughter of assistant director Melissa Bazis.
She recently starred in the emotionally charged film Faith.
Charismatic actress Amirah Lee Counts will play Sasha, the female
lead in the film, and longtime Under Fire Studios alum Kendra Buck
will bring to life the character of Candace, Cole's deceased wife.
The multi-talented Jim
LeVasseur will harness his inner conflict to play Blake, Sasha's
missing boyfriend, and the extremely versatile Nissa Von Reiter will
play Jenna, Cole's mother.
Andrew J. Katers
From the sound of it, Feast or Famine
also seems to be dependent on the right sort of location - so anything you
can tell us about yours yet?
Feast or Famine will
be shot entirely in the town of Gunnison, Colorado, which was named in
honor of John W. Gunnison, a United States Army officer who surveyed for
the transcontinental railroad in 1853. It is home to Western State
Colorado University. Although the film wasn't shot there, it is the
setting of the science fiction film Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem. The
isolation of the location, and the beautiful landscape, are most
definitely a character in the film in their own right. The use of a place
like this will bring a unique look to the film that I'm certain will
provide audiences with something they've never before experienced.
According to my
information, the film is still in pre-production - so what's the schedule,
and any idea when and where Feast or Famine might be released onto
the general public yet, however tentatively?
begin filming September 28th, and will be shooting for three weeks on the
project. Melissa and I are planning to hit the festival circuit beginning
the second quarter of 2015 to showcase the finished film.
Lewis with Melissa Bazis
projects beyond Feast or Famine you'd like to share?
We have several
projects in development, including The Diary of Melvin
Sanborn, a psychological thriller about a young boy who
witnesses his parents' death at the hands of a gruesome monster.
It's a coming-of-age story that follows Melvin as he's tormented by
visions of the monster into college, where he must choose to
confront the beast, or continue to watch in anguish as all of his
relationships are destroyed by his obsession.
Taking a slightly different
tone, we are also developing a gritty faith-based drama called
Faithbook, which is the
inspirational story of H.S. student Taylor Morgan & her struggle to
nurture friendships amid a constant sea of texts & status updates.
This isn't your typical sugar-coated faith-based film.
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I want to mention a few more talented crew members we have on
this project: Charles A. Baird, Kate Lowell, Mel Klein, Kathryn
McGirl, Ross Smith, Curtis Devore, Dave Wellington, Michael D.
McFarland, Helen Wilson, and our SFX Makeup artist Evil John Mays.
I'd also like to thank you for the interview, and send a huge
thanks to the town of Gunnison, Colorado for having us out to shoot
this amazing film!
for the interview!