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An Interview with the Mansa Mojo Brothas (a.k.a. P.W. Simon, Artii Smith), Directors of Lilin's Brood

by Mike Haberfelner

January 2016

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Your new movie Lilin's Brood - in a few words, what is it about?


The movie is about a “new media” news coverage team (W.H.I.S.T.L.E.) that is stranded near a beleaguered brothel in the middle of nowhere. The footage that is recovered will reveal what happens when they encounter a group of women with a terrifying secret.


What were your inspirations when writing Lilin's Brood?


We were inspired by the mythology of Lilith being the first wife of Adam who mated with the Archangel Samuel, which is like a hidden Jewish mysticism story that isn’t known by everyone. The children produced from their union were all female creatures that tend to take form of beautiful young women, but closer inspection may reveal deformities upon their bodies, such as bird-like claws or serpentine tails, etc.  These children of Lilith are called LILIN. The Lilins fascinated us and we thus created a world around them as these secretly treasured beings. We became even more inspired when we saw the first V/H/S film and their compilation of shorts, which gave us the idea to put the story in a more realistic found-footage style setting.


With Lilin's Brood being a horror film - is that a genre at all dear to you, and your movie's approach to the genre?


We are both big fans of the horror genre. We both love all different types of horror films. We wanted to be creative with our approach to making a really good horror/thriller movie. Some independent horror films we’ve seen focus more on the gore and spectacle rather than creating a solid coherent story. We set out to create a suspenseful, tension building and thrilling story that people could really get sucked into while throwing horrific elements at them. With that approach we feel we’ve paid really good homage to a genre we love so much.


Why did you choose the found footage approach for Lilin's Brood?


We always intended for the movie to be shot from a character’s POV. We thought that was always an interesting perspective because it immerses the audience into the middle of the world and action rather than keep them just as third-party voyeurs. We added the additional notion of found footage to enhance the movie even more because we could tell the story through multiple POV’s instead of just one. That provided a window for us to tell many simultaneous stories happening all at the same time over the course of one night.


To turn the last question on its head, what did you experience the main challenges making a found footage movie?


We faced a few challenges throughout the process, which we overcame through well thought out execution. One problem was giving the characters a really good reason to have cameras with them during the entire course of their actions. What made that harder was making sure they had good enough reasons not to leave the cameras behind. In a lot of found footage movies we’ve seen, in the most intense moments the characters always go for the camera instead of worrying about their lives first, which we think is not realistic or true to survival. We overcame that issue by having an investigative team who uses miniature spy cameras that stay on them so they don’t have to worry about lugging around a camcorder or leaving it behind.


Another issue was shooting non-stop flowing scenes where we would go from room to room and see the entirety of each room. That made it hard to light scenes and we had to figure out creative ways to shape light in the rooms for quality images with restricting what the camera could see. But with the camera we used, we were able to create quality images using less unnatural light while keeping the integrity of flowing movement natural & continuous.


Do talk about your key cast, and why exactly these people?


We chose these individuals because they just naturally embodied the personalities and looks of the characters we created. They didn’t have to become the characters because they were these characters already. They all gave us grade A performances that we were impressed by. They were able to perform really long and elaborate scenes while delivering solid performances without stumbling over their lines. Maxine [Goynes] really dedicated herself to the role and gave us a naturalistic performance. Martin [Sensmeier] really gave us everything he had throughout the film and it will really shine through when you watch the film. Brent [King] was able to make the words his own and was very good with adlibbing, which made his character even more enjoyable. Alberto [Barros jr] gave us a solid performance and really stayed true to his character. Melinda [Milton] blew us away with her complete transformation into the alluring & mysterious Madame Plu.


What can you tell us about the collaboration between the two of you during the making of Lilin's Brood?


We handled every aspect of the film in a true team fashion. We went over every single detail of the production internally between ourselves to make sure that we were on the same page about every single thing before we relayed any information to the cast or crew. We were so in tune with each other about every detail that while on set we could split up and talk to two different actors or different crewmembers at the same time and already know what is being adjusted without having to be in the conversation. While on set, that saved us a lot of time because instead of one person having to give six individuals directions, we could split them into two groups direct their individual actions and have a take ready to shoot in half the time.


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


The shoot was very fast-paced and parts were moving in a kind of militant styled pace. There wasn’t much time to just sit around because we were shooting 6+ pages a day with highly complex scenes that had plenty of moving parts. You’ll see what I mean when you see the movie, especially when we get to the mansion. But we did have fun on set with each other and tried to keep things in good spirits no matter how hectic things got.


The $64-question of course, when and where will the film be released onto the general public?


Lilin’s Brood will be released/available on iTunes and Amazon VOD (Instant Video) for all capable devices. Pre-sales for Lilin’s Brood begin on JANUARY 28, 2016 on both platforms, so get out and reserve your copy ASAP! The movie will officially release on FEBRUARY 12, 2016 just in time for Valentine’s Day Weekend. So cuddle up with your loved and enjoy great Valentine’s evening with Lilin’s Brood.


Any future projects you'd like to share?


We have a part 2 for Lilin’s Brood that we have written up and are ready to shoot. We are developing a survival thriller that we think will also provide a fun and thrilling experience. We also have several other projects in different genres such as drama, comedy, historical biopics & science fiction that are in various completed development phases from treatment to full-draft scripts.


How did you actually get hooked up as a duo on the first place, and what can you tell us about your filmwork prior to Lilin's Brood?


We met few years ago when we both first moved to Los Angeles. Both of us were starting up our producing careers. We instantly clicked because we had the similar drive and passion for the film industry and all that it encompasses. From that point on we barrelled forward and started creating stuff. We’ve done 4 short-form projects together, Ain’t That A Trip, I’m Sorry Samantha, Lilin Concept and the Some Sirius Ship Productions opening sequence. We’ve been hard at work writing and now you can enjoy Lilin’s Brood.


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Anything else you're dying to mention that I've merely forgotten to ask?


We would like to add that Lilin’s Brood has a very diverse and multicultural cast from Native American, to Hispanic, to African American. We believe there is someone in the film that anyone could relate to. Each character has a strong personality. Since this movie is centered around women, we have a very strong female cast with a strong feminine message that we believe most women will like. I know people will enjoy this world and there is more to come soon.


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