Your film Trashology - in a few words, what is it about?
Trash + Anthology = Trashology.
This film is about a film student that must write a paper on her favorite film
genre, which is trashy exploitation type films from the 70's. In her search
for material the student discovers a book called Trashology that tells
3 stories that all interweave.
Why did you choose the anthology format for your film, and were
the seperate episodes actually shot with the feature in mind, or were they
shot independently from one another? And what is so appealing about the
anthology format to begin with?
The 3 stories have many
connections so it was all very carefully planned. Most anthologies are
horror films. I thought it would be different to make a comedy anthology.
This film is a combination of many genres though.
Plotwise (not on a
stylistic level though), the segments of Trashology remind me of
classic short stories or TV-anthologies like Twilight
Zone or Alfred
Hitchcock Presents. Something you would at all agree to, and could
you elaborate on that?
If John Waters had created The
Zone, it may resemble this film. This is very much a tribute
Other sources of inspiration when
I knew from the beginning that I
wanted to offend people. I said a number of times "If you can't
offend everyone, don't offend anyone at all."
How would you describe the
film's overall style and your directorial approach?
really isn't much like this film coming out today. I wanted to create
trashy characters that have no idea they are trashy.
Jenny Coulter, Rodney Horn
have to talk about Rodney Horn for a bit, who appears in all three
segments of your movie, and mostly in drag, and who leaves quite an
impression. How did you get to know him, what kind of a guy is he in
private life, and what was your collaboration like?
is hard to put into words. He is a very giving person. I recall in the
script the Ms. Green character was just "strange woman" and I
didn't have Rodney in mind for it. Rodney said let me create a character
and if you like it, I'll play it. Otherwise you can get someone else. He
went into a room for 20 minutes and the come out was something much more than I
imagined. So I handed him the lines. The character became a favorite and
we gave her a name on the set.
few words about the rest of your cast, and how easy or difficult was it to
get people to star in a film called "Trashology"?
was very difficult that's why Rodney plays 5 roles. Just kidding. It was a
breeze. The cast had mostly worked with me on some of my past shorts. I
think everyone trust Douglas Conner (actor, editor, camera) and myself to
deliver on the final product. That is why they do it. Angie Keeling, Jenny
Coulter, Rachel Stout, Tammy Shields, Fritz Dorton, Joe Slack and Kelli
Ellis were all very dedicated to this.
looks as if it was a lot of fun to shoot. Is there any truth in that
assumption, and what can you tell us about the onscreen atmosphere?
laid back unless we were losing the light or running behind. It has been
fun for everyone I believe. For me it's been like birthing a child.
$64-question of course: When and where will the film be released?
summer is the plan.
go back to the beginnings of your career: What got you into filmmaking to
begin with, and did you receive any formal education on the subject?
I was 13 my cousins and I toyed around with a video camera a lot. I knew
then that it was what I wanted to do. Wasn't sure how I was going to do
it. Later, about 7 years ago I met Douglas Conner and we immediately
recognized each others love for film. We made nearly 40 short films over
the past half decade before taking on the full features we have on our
plate now. The 40 short films was our schooling in film. We learned more
with each film and can easily see how they got better and better as we
learned more and more.
What can you tell us about Doll
Parts, your contribution to the anthology movie Theatre of the Deranged,
and how did you get involved in that project to begin with?
Cullen Bressack [James
Cullen Bressack interview - click here] told me about it and asked if I'd like to contribute a
horror short. So Douglas Conner, Dustin Ferguson and I came together and
shot it. I wrote a 16 page script in a couple days. It was a very quick
project. I would've liked to have fine tuned it more but we had a
far as I know, you are at the moment busy with the pre-production of Crazy
Fat Ethel, your remake of Nick Philips' cult fave Criminally
Insane [Nick Philips interview -
click here]. What can you tell us about that project yet?
am very excited about this one. We really want to bring attention to the
original film as well. So far my email has been flooded with people that
want to be involved. My thing is, we need the right budget. I refuse to
make this film till I feel I can make it right. This means certain special
effects, a certain cast, and prime locations.
other films/future projects of yours you'd like to talk about?
and Crazy Fat Ethel is all I want on my plate right now. I will be seeking
other things in about a year.
Brian Dorton in Trashology
would you describe yourself as a director?
That is a good
question. Rodney would say I'm a "bitch". Douglas would say
"I know what I want and will stop at nothing to get it." Angie
Keeling would say "I'm a protectionist and I need to lose the
attitude." I will agree with all that.
You also do
some acting every now and again in both your own films and those of
others. A few words about Brian Dorton the actor?
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to write and direct. I'd love to direct someone else's script. Acting is
fun when it's comedy for me. I am a comedian in a lot of ways.
who inspire you?
Martin Scorsese, Tim Burton, Woody Allen,
Wes Craven, Alan Rowe Kelly [Alan
Rowe Kelly interview - click here], and John Waters.
Your favourite movies?
Beetlejuice, Goodfellas, Nightmare on Elm
Street, Girls Will Be Girls, Serial Mom, ... too many to list.
and of course, films you really deplore?
I don't like to
down others work. I guess any piece of crap that looks thrown together and
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