AMARANTHINE will be screening at the Straight-Jacket Guerrilla Film Festival
*How did you get into making films? I was watching Titanic for the 20th time or something and I thought to myself "I want to do this". Tell stories that make people feel but in the exact opposite way.
*What inspired you to make your movie? There was this performance by the glam/glitter rock band The Sweet on Top of the Pops in the '70s that I watched religiously. It was the song Blockbuster and the bass player was decked out in a glam rockified Nazi uniform--silver platforms, red swastika armband and a Hitler moustache. I was so interested by the fact that he could perform like that on TV and what that meant during the times. So I delved into researching swastikas worn by punks during the seventies and the story for AMARANTHINE was built around that.
*How has your style evolved? I used to be a lot more impulsive and think a lot less about themes and what things meant when I was making films. I just made them, it was very visceral. Now after hearing people's critique and input on what my films were about I am evolving my filmmaking style. It is still extremely "campy, satiric, and unique" but more of an organized chaos now than just chaos.
*Tell us any strange or funny stories while making the film? I don't really like to sugarcoat things especially when it's about racism. So I remember a certain moment when shooting a scene with three Nazi boys. I made a small cameo as a bartender. The three Nazi boys were enjoying there time at the bar when the main one calls out to me for more drinks. I remember I told him to be as rude as possible to me when calling me over, telling him that Donovan (the Nazi character) would throw out a certain slur towards the black bartender. He was very hesitant in doing that, but I said that it would make me very happy. So we shot the scene and he said it and I couldn't have been more happy. After we cut, he crumbled, said he felt so awful, I comforted him and gave him a hug.
*The Misrule Film Movement & Pink8 manifesto bring what to mind? Making movies with what's in front of you basically. I remembered when I first started plotting scene design and art direction for AMARANTHINE I knew I would never be able to make an authentic looking '70s film set in London. So I thought, screw that, if I can't make it look authentic I won't even try, I'll create my own world. I'll make it look like cardboard plastered together and fake nature. And I think that's kind of what the whole manifesto is about. Telling a story with no budget but with whatever resources are available to the average person. It's truly punk.
*What can we expect from your next film?
More vengeance against racism and sexism but funnier and probably told through the eyes of ten year old kids this time.
CINEMA (Cult, Independent, Underground, Art House)