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An Interview with Bruno Marino, Producer of Berkshire County

by Mike Haberfelner

March 2013

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Your upcoming film Berkshire County - in a few words, what is it about?

 

It is a thriller/horror feature film that revives the classic “woman in peril” story. The lead character of the film Kylie has some unexpected visitors during a routine Halloween babysitting gig.

 

What drew you to the project in the first place, and how did it get off the ground?

 

The project had been in development prior to me coming on board. My first meeting with the director (Audrey Cummings) went exceptionally well. We clicked, shook hands and the rest is history.

 

What can you tell us about the film's director Audrey Cummings, and what's your collaboration like?

 

I adore Audrey! The more I get to know her the more I am surprised to learn just how famous and admired she is within the film community here in Canada. This places a lot on my shoulders to ensure I serve her well. The key to any collaboration is to be open to ideas and respect each other’s opinions, which Audrey and I certainly have. She also has this innate ability to make everyone on the team care, which is so important for any independent film.

 

A few words about the rest of your crew, and maybe also potential cast, and how and why did you gather these people?

 

The nucleus of the crew is our Director of Photography Michael Jari Davidson. A master at shooting horror, he was instrumental in gathering our keys. We are also fortune to have Michael Mason on board as our editor (Cabin Fever: Patient Zero, A Little Bit Zombie), and Chris Gamble, our writer, who both happen to be CFC alumni.

 

Berkshire County's location

Berkshire County seems to be rather violent in content - something you can at all identify with, and as a producer, how much influence do you have on the movie's depiction of violence?

 

Horror audiences have come to expect violence and gore which this film will definitely deliver. I can’t identify with violence on a personal level but as a producer it is my job to ensure that the film posses the necessary ingredients to make it a commercial success.

 

Any idea when and where the movie might be released onto the general public yet?

 

Too soon to tell but early estimates indicate a release date somewhere during the spring/summer of 2014, although I wouldn’t rule out a release date closer to Halloween.

 

Especially since you have directed a few films yourself, how would you describe yourself as a producer (as in hands-on vs hands-off, supportive vs domineering, ...)?

 

A good producer must be hands-on and supportive. I pride myself on balancing art and commerce. I must use judgment when faced with going over budget for the sake of getting “that one shot” the director needs, which ultimately can create a better product.

 

You have recently also produced the movie Sick: Survive the Night, which has been covered on this site to quite an extent - so you just have to talk a bit about that one!

 

I am currently involved in distribution negotiations for SICK, so expect to see the DVD on shelves very soon. The writer/director Ryan M. Andrews [Ryan M. Andrews interview - click here] lives and breathes horror and it shows in his work. He has definitely built a fan base which I have no doubt will grow significantly once SICK goes to market.

 

What got you into producing as such in the first place, and how did you learn the trade?

 

Being an independent filmmaker I became a producer by default. I didn’t have the luxury of things being handed to me. I built everything from the ground up, I don’t know any other way. I had been in business for years and was able to carry over what I learned into the film and television world.

 

Do talk about some of your past productions if you may!

 

Shameless promotion… here goes. My film Anything Goes was picked up for distribution by eOne (Entertainment One) and is available across Canada. It is scheduled for a US release later this year. Tapped, a feature currently in post stars Cody Hackman, Michael Biehn (Terminator, Aliens), UFC Champ Anderson Silva and isdirected by Allan Unger. It is due out early next year. Waiting for Summer (dir. Senthil Vinu) continues to rack up awards at festivals and has just entered into a distribution deal as well.

 

You also have directed a handful of movies, right? So what can you tell us about Bruno Marino, the director?

 

Thanks for pointing that out! Most only know me as a producer which is fine, it still commands a great deal of creativity on my part. I enjoy directing when I know I can bring truth to a project. If all goes well I should be back in the chair this summer.

 

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Several features in the works for this year including On the Take, Trust, Bad Fortune, Origen, Blur, Seek, Severed Connection and Meet Me at the Altar. All of which are at various stages in development.

 

Your favourite movies?

 

Too many to list. The movies that I can watch over and over are those that leave me with a feeling of wanting more when I leave the theatre or turn off the remote.

 

... and of course, films you really deplore?

 

The same efforts are made for both a bad and good movies, being a filmmaker I know what it takes, so it pains me to call out a bad flick, so I won’t.

 

Your/your movie's website, Facebook, whatever else?

 

www.Berkshirecounty-themovie.com

www.facebook.com/berkshirecountymovie

 

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

 

Yes, we are very fortunate to have found a unique mansion to shoot the better part of Berkshire County. It will no doubt become a character in the film.

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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