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An Interview with Michael S. Rodriguez, Director of Dealings

by Mike Haberfelner

July 2021

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Your new movie Dealings - in a few words, what is it about?


Well, Dealings is abput unscrupulous people doing what they do best - lying, cheating, thieving and sometimes worse.


At least for me, Dealings has a definite film noir vibe to it - was that at all intentional, and is that a genre at all dear to you?


The decision to go noir was always the intention. The genre has always intrigued me and I wanted to test my range as a teller of stories.


(Other) sources of inspiration when writing Dealings?


Well I definitely took a page from early Coen brothers work as well as a touch of Tarantino to put this little piece together. I also took inspiration from a series of tragic events in my personal life where two of the dearest people that helped in my upbringing passed within 4 months of each other and I witnessed a feeding frenzy amongst loved ones that still hasn't found resolve. It showed me people from all walks of life can have a desperation for need and want. Like insects or animals eating the carcass of something that ceases to exist. Ugly stuff.


Dealings isn't a film that exactly shies away from getting bloody - so do talk about the violent bits in your movie for a bit!


I felt that although dealing (pun) with a different genre and subject matter I just had to be Rodriguez and give you some red. The gore is minor but effective in this piece, and I hope the critics appreciat it as I was behind the SFX makeup.


What can you tell us about your overall directorial approach to your story at hand?


Yes, and I am glad you ask this. I shot a majority of the movie in a wide aspect as for the reason I felt none of these characters needed any form of sympathy from the audience ,and bringing them into tight shots to show their contempt for one another was a choice. These are characters in real life I'd warn you to stay clear of.


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


The cast were mostly people I've worked with before in some capacity and knew they could bring the intensity I needed in each performance. I did a few character breakdowns with a couple of actors that were new to my direction, but in the end everyone brought their A game and it shows.


A few words about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?


The shoot was as smooth as butter. Everyone on the team was a complete joy to work with and we wrapped the complete shoot in three days. I had a top notch team.


The $64-question of course, where can Dealings be seen?


I am debating that at the moment. I may do a one time premiere online via YouTube or Facebook, Then eventually put it away until I find a suitable place for it such as an episodic show or anthology. The producers and I would actually like to expand on the idea and re-write it feature length with more character development. Only the future will tell.


Anything you can tell us about audience and critical reception of Dealings?


I can only hope they see the dynamic in my abilities to tell interesting stories and that they don't always have to involve fictional ghouls and monsters.


Any future projects you'd like to share?


Oh yes! Tons! I have just wrapped as a co-producer on a feature titled Dead Community Guild featuring the iconic Eric Roberts, get this! Shot on Kodak film. I also play Brother Charles in Realm of Shadows starring Tony Todd, Vernon Wells and Mel Novak. I have the long awaited Last American Horror Show Vol. 2 releasing worldwide this fall, and Lake of Shadows: The Legend of Avocado Lake getting some theatrical premieres and a release in 2022. It's been a decent year.


Your/your movie's website, social media, whatever else?


Please find me and my movie pages on Facebook under Michael S. Rodriguez and Instagram @mrsstudios1


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Anything else you're dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?


Not necessarily a mention, but a beautiful period at the end of the conversation:

"I'll never take for granted to opportunities I've been given to live out what I only dreamt about as an 8 year old wide-eyed boy. Never!"


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