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An Interview with Corynn Egreczky, Director of Stockholm

by Mike Haberfelner

July 2013

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Your upcoming movie Stockholm - in a few words, what is it about?

 

It's about a man named Jeremy who kidnaps a young woman named Jennifer. He holds her captive in his basement to escape his loneliness and you watch a relationship between them blossom despite the conditions.

 

What were your inspirations when writing Stockholm - and how much research did you do on the actual "Stockholm Syndrome"?

 

I always liked stories that made you wonder who the bad guy was. I saw this one Law and Order episode (and it was so long ago I can't recall which one) where the serial killer actually felt guilty about his crimes, so I couldn't hate him as a viewer; despite the despicable things his character did. That episode combined with a random article I read in the doctors office (a woman named Jaycee Lee Dugard - and please if you can look her up it's jaw-dropping - she was captive for 18 years but got to the point where she was helping this guy run his business) birthed the concept. As a viewer, I am really intrigued with the feeling I get when I find myself siding with a character that's considered evil. I also draw a lot of inspiration from Dexter and Silence of the Lambs.

 

As far as Stockholm Syndrome goes, the name actually originates from Stockholm, Sweden. This is where the Norrmalmstorg Robbery took place. The bank robbers held a couple of the bank employees hostage, and the employees began to become emotionally attached to these robbers due to intense stress and fear. That's when it became a 'term'.  However, if you look at the basics of the syndrome itself, it is really apparent in most abusive relationships out there. It's what makes the girl stay with her boyfriend after he beats her up. Somehow, these poor victims seem to think that lack of abuse is love, and the really fascinating thing to me is how it just becomes a part of everyday life for them.

 

Seriously, of the three main characters - kidnapper Jeremy, victim Jennifer and the detective - who can you identify with the most, and how much of your own personality is there in each of these characters?

 

Well I can identify the most with Jennifer because when I write, to be truthful to myself and the story, I literally place myself in the character's shoes. It was an intense journey. I even got to play her when I shot the short film version a year ago. If it's not something that I wouldn't actually say, then it doesn't go in the script. Jeremy was my monster, but I also had to make him into somebody that I could see myself falling in love with. Detective Marx served as my voice of reason. If imagined myself walking up to someone suffering from Stockholm Syndrome and trying to shake them out of it when I wrote his narrative.

 

What can you tell us about the intended look and feel of your movie?

 

In all of my work I try to provide the most realistic experience possible. So if you can just pause for a second and imagine you're in a dim basement, tied by your hands and feet, forced to allow this stranger feed you, bathe you, change your diaper, inject you with drugs, and then I have to somehow get you to fall in love with him by the end. It's a dark movie with a romantic feel and an epic twist ending.

 

You have already assembled quite an impressive behind-the-camera team - could you talk about these people for a bit, and how did they get on board?

 

It really all starts with my producer James Morgart [James Morgart interview - click here]. A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away... (that's for you, Michael Siktberg) I worked on one of his projects, Guy with a Camera. It was... an interesting experience. We became friends because I was the only PA willing to throw an old man mask on and shove a cucumber down my pants for a comedy scene. Don't ask. Anyway, we became friends and he was one of the first people I showed the script to 4 years ago. I have been trying to make Stockholm for that long. It is a piece that is very reliant upon the ability of the actors, and since I come from a theater background I layed out an intense rehearsal process for the actors. Needless to say I rehearsed 4 different sets of actors over the span of 2 years because every time we got close to the shoot date, someone had a conflict and I had to cancel the shoot. After the 3rd attempt, I decided to play Jen myself. I shot the movie. I edited it to 45 minutes in length. And then... MY DRIVE MALFUNCTIONED and I lost all of the footage.

James was watching me go through all of this via Facebook. He moved back from L.A and asked me what I was going to do, and I told him that I was going to finish it no matter what it takes. He then took pity on me and proposed the idea of producing the film for me. Then I saw a ray of sunshine descend from the heavens and outline a halo around his head.

I haven't officially met the rest of the crew. James specified that if he was going to produce it, then he was going to pick the team. But from the work I've seen them do I am super excited to have Suzi Lorraine [Suzi Lorraine interview - click here], Keryn Thompson, Wolfgang Meyer [Wolfgang Meyer interview - click here], and Jon Bozeman on my team.

 

Please do talk about your intended cast for a bit, and why exactly these people?

 

Rachel Conn is playing Jennifer, and the thing I love about her the most is how innocent and pure she looks. She's also a phenomenal actress of course, but she offered something to the role that all of the other actresses have not. She's got skill, class, and beauty, and I think she's going to show Jen in an awesomely vulnerable light.

Michael Siktberg is playing Jeremy and I couldn't have found a more perfect fit. He's super intense. He knows how to go to places that are dark and complicated, but still maintain his boyish charm. He's an amazing guitar player too, which is required of Jeremy. He is a close friend of mine, but we have always had an artistic vein running through our relationship. We're like Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. I'm Matt Damon though.

Tony King is playing Detective Marx, and when he first came in for the read, he brought a different feel to Marx. He came at it more like a 'cool cop' approach that was like something straight from a Cagney movie. It's going to be fun to watch him loose his 'cool' cause I know he can do it well.

 

As far as I know, Stockholm is still in its fundraising stages - so what can you tell  us about your fundraising efforts?

 

We have an IndieGoGo campaign and we're trying to raise $10,000 to cover the cost of production. We are definitely aiming to make this movie as amazing as possible, but production is expensive. Check out our campaign!

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/stockholm--2/x/3953000

 

Once your funds are raised, how do you plan to proceed - and any idea when the film might be released onto the general public yet (and yes, I do know it's waaay too early to ask)?

 

We are set to shoot August 5th. It will roughly be 10 days of shooting. Then after we wrap, we're taking it to a post house, and hopefully if all goes well it will be finished before the end of the year. Knock on wood.

 

What got you into filmmaking to begin with, and what can you tell us about your education on the subject and your previous behind-the-camera experiences?

 

Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park, Hook, The Goonies, and countless other amazing films got me into filmmaking. When I was a kid I was the 'story-teller' when we played pretend. I told my friends what was going to happen and how they were to feel. I really was directing before I even knew it. Movies were an escape for me. In the movies you could be anything and do anything. I have always been a story-teller and I'll be one until the day I die. It's so much fun to let your imagination go wild.

I went to school at Rutgers and I got a B.A. in Video. I wanted to learn how to turn my passion into a technical skill. I run my own production company RockBridge Visuals. I make music videos, I make weddings videos, I make corporate videos (a girl has bills), so I know a lot about the aspects of lighting, shooting, and editing. Combined with my minor study in acting, my experience directing plays, and my natural knack for writing, I think Stockholm will make people take notice.

 

As far as I know, you've also directed quite a bit for the stage. So what can you tell us about your stagework, and how does it compare to making a movie? And which do you actually prefer?

 

It has been my greatest asset and my biggest downfall. Stockholm took me so long because I was looking at it like a play, but it's not. The amazing thing about film... sometimes you can get away with stuff. Don't get me wrong, there are a lot of similar aspects; especially when it comes to communicating with actors, but film tends to be a bit more fast-paced. I loved the stage simply because once you're up there it's ALL of you. There's no one to yell cut when you flub a line, no one to come in and re-powder your face after you've been sweating under the lights. You're in the story and there's no getting out. It's exhilarating to perform and to watch because it's real. As a director, I loved to watch the audience. I like to see what effect it has. It's like watching a show in and of itself. Will they laugh? Will they cry? Will they even get it? I love to affect people.

 

Any future projects beyond Stockholm?

 

I have about 12 scripts that I haven't even looked at since I finished them.

 

How would you describe yourself as a director?

 

I'm not product-oriented. I'm result-oriented. My vision is what it is in my head, but most of the time someone comes in and gives me something different that takes it to a whole new level. I'm an actor's director and an artistic collaborator.

 

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Spielberg, Lucas, Hitchcock, Christopher Nolan, Kubrick, Tarantino to name a few. But even these guys have directed some films that I don't agree with.

 

Your favourite movies?

 

American Beauty is my favorite. I watch that on repeat.

 

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

 

Ummm, there were only 2 movies I ever walked out on; Bad Santa (no class) and Indiana Jones 4 (they completely destroyed my childhood hero).

 

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

 

Just have the IndieGoGo for now. Don't worry, there will be plenty of material coming soon enough though.

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/stockholm--2/x/3953000

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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