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An Interview with Alex DiVincenzo, Director of The Nurturing

by Mike Haberfelner

March 2021

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

 

After an injury lands Daniel back in his childhood bedroom under the care of his mother, his adolescent fear returns to haunt him.

 

Honest-to-God-question, were you ever afraid of the "monster under the bed", personally?

 

Before I was an anxious adult, I was an anxious kid, so I was definitely afraid of the unknown. I was always careful not to leave my foot hanging off the bed for fear of what might grab it.

 

What can you tell us about your co-writer Michael Perkins, and what was your collaboration like?

 

Mike is a friend who comes from a comic book background. He runs the indie comic publisher 215 Ink. When I was thinking about my next project, I reached out to a few friends for short concepts that could be done without a big budget. I got a lot of good pitches, but Mike's idea - his original title was "Going Home" - immediately jumped out at me. It ticked all my boxes and was very similar to something I would have written myself. I embellished it with a few beats, but the core story was all him.

 

Do talk about your movie's approach to horror!

 

I wanted to take a classic approach to building tension and sustaining a creepy atmosphere, and pay it off with modern scares. For the classic, I remember referencing The Changeling to Mike, and for modern, I looked at The Conjuring and Terrified, which is a recent favorite of mine.

 

Since The Nurturing is restricted to just one room - what were your techniques to keep things visually interesting throughout?

 

It was definitely a challenge to keep the short interesting with predominantly one actor in a small bedroom. Thankfully I had my friend Neil Guliano as director of photography. Everything he shoots looks incredible regardless of budget. I also lucked out because, for some reason, my parents had virtually everything from my brother's bedroom circa high school boxed up in their basement, so I utilized a lot of that for the sports decor. Beyond that, it was just a matter of finding the most effective angles to shoot. I really like the overhead view in the final shot.

 

Do talk about The Nurturing's cast, and why exactly these people?

 

I met Anthony Gaudette, who stars as Daniel, on a movie I assistant directed called Long Night in a Dead City. We hit it off, and I knew I wanted to work with him. He has acting chops, commitment to his work, a great look, and a fun presence on set. As soon as I read the script, I knew he'd be perfect for it.

 

Marty Smith plays his mom. I put out a virtual casting call and she was among the responses. I was impressed by her reel, and she noted that she's a mother herself so she could relate to the material. It was my first time meeting her, but I definitely want to work with her again.

 

Hannah Fierman, who most people know from the movie V/H/S, plays Daniel's girlfriend. Since the character only appears in a video call, I thought it would be cool to get a little cameo of sorts. I have a mutual friend with Hannah in filmmaker Torey Haas, who put us in touch. Hannah recorded herself on her phone, and it worked out perfectly.

 

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

 

We shot for a weekend at my girlfriend's family's house in Scituate, Massachusetts. The beach is right down the street, but we shot in December so it was way too cold to enjoy it. I try to keep my sets light, and the crew consisted almost entirely of friends with whom I had worked before, so it was a lot of fun.

 

My memory that sticks out most in my mind involves my friend T.J. Frizzi, who agreed to play the monster's eyes. I bought contact lenses for him, not knowing until he struggled to put them in that he had never worn contacts before. It was even worse getting them out; one of them got stuck and came out in the shower a couple days later.

 

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

 

The Nurturing is available now on YouTube: youtu.be/RVwrL2JhXvk

 

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

 

The Nurturing was accepted to the Boston Underground Film Festival and was set to premiere there in March of 2020, but then the pandemic hit and it was cancelled. It later played several online events, including Nightstream, which was really neat, but I haven't been able to see it in a theater with an audience yet. I'm looking forward to that day! But I'm happy to say that the feedback has been pretty unanimously positive so far. I love when people tell me that one of the scares got them.

 

Any future projects you'd like to share?

 

I'm finishing up post-production on a short called Reverberance, which I co-directed with T.J. Frizzi, whom I mentioned before, prior to the pandemic. It's an ASMR-themed horror short. I used my stimulus money to buy some gear so I can shoot some smaller projects by myself until everyone is comfortable being on set again.

 

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

 

You can learn more about me and my projects by following @alexislegend on Twitter and @brokehorrorfan on Instagram.

 

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

 

Vasilis Zikos, an insanely talented artist from Greece who previously created covers for several of Broke Horror Fan's VHS releases, made an amazing poster for The Nurturing. I sent him a crude mockup of the concept, inspired by an old Demons VHS cover, and he knocked it out of the park. It's far and away the coolest poster I've ever had for one of my movies.

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

© by Mike Haberfelner


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