What does your film express about today’s generation?
The big thing is how lonely and confused we are. We're always looking
for that god-like being who will come and save us from ourselves. We
revere cruel and narcissistic behavior and view earnestness and
sincerity as naive. We are trying so hard not to live
within our reality and escape into the screen around us.
What social circumstances lead you to make your new film?
Women in film are always represented as damsels and victims so we also
wanted confront that idea and flip it on its head. So many honest people
getting taken advantage of by a con man who pretends to be holy or
represent some higher authority so we wanted to
address that too with Mouth of Dog. Tinder being this cold miserably
cold new way of meeting people to fuck really terrifies me too so we
created an app called Bendr for the show. The big thing is taking Snake
who represents a new born baby but also an alien
baby who is thrown into the void and forced to make sense of it all. It
was like "how would we have to explain all this shit to an alien?" When
you try to explain or justify our societal norms you realize how
dangerous and sad a lot of it.
What do you think about the PINK8 Manifesto & Punk Cinema?
It's the only way!! Without the DIY culture of Chicago's
underground art scene YOTS would have been very difficult to make. One
thing that always infuriates me is someone saying that they can't make
art because it costs too much. WELL THEN FIGURE OUT HOW
TO MAKE IT WITH NOTHING. Im just so used to having no budget and having
to pool resources and fund my own stuff I don't know how else to do it. I
want filmmaking to feel like I'm playing with my friends and DIY/Punk
cinema allows me to do so!
Whats next for you?
I'm making a movie about Martin Shkreli right now that's very close
to being done. Also developing a paranormal sci film about an exorcist.
I have some exciting music video projects coming up so that'll be fun
to pour some weird ideas into! My next thing
is probably going to be something more grounded and deals with the human
condition and how loneliness leads us to regretful, sometimes painful
decisions. Love movies, I guess but you know the messy sloppy bits of
CINEMA (Cult, Independent, Underground, Art House)