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An Interview with Daniel De Rousseau, Director of Indie Film (a Love Story)

by Mike Haberfelner

June 2014

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Your new documentary Indie Film (a Love Story) - in a few words, what is it about?

 

A documentary about the pure and simple love of fil making. My older brother and his friends made two independent action movies with no budget. Twenty five years later they decided to make a third.

 

What do you find so fascinating about indie filmmaking in general that you would even put "a Love Story" in your title?

 

I wanted people to see that you do not need money or Hollywood to make a movie. Sometimes all you need is a great story idea and the love of film.

 

How did you first come upon the Deadly Memories-movies, and were you at all actively involved in any of them? And what do you find fascinating enough about them to make them the subject of your movie?

 

The first Deadly Memories was made the year I was born. My older brother Robby made the sequel three years later. Throughout my childhood the local public access channel would play both movies monthly. The most fascinating thing about the first two Deadly Memories movies is that they made movies with no budget a few years before Clerks and El Mariachi did the same.

 

How would you describe your directorial approach to your subject at hand?

 

Since my older brother was the writer and director of Deadly Memories I knew a lot of the backstory and the struggle they went through to get the movie made. Because of this it made it hard for me to clearly tell their story in my documentary. I knew the whole story in my head but I needed to be able to inform the audience throughout the film.

 

How did you go about shooting your documentary, and how much research and footwork was there involved preparing for it and the like?

 

Two years ago I bought my wife a Canon T2i to take pictures with. Right before production began on the documentary I bought an external mic and a 50mm lens for the camera. That was my only cost for the documentary.  The hardest part was getting the old cast members in the same room for the roundtable interview. As far as research I kept a rough outline of how I wanted to tell the story.

 

The $64 question of course: When and where will your movie be released onto the general public?

 

Right now I am submitting the film into a few film fests. Ideally it would premiere at SXSW. I also have a few distribution companies that are very interested in seeing the documentary once it is complete. In a perfect world I would get the documentary into either Redbox or Netflix.

 

Any future projects beyond Indie Film (a Love Story) you'd like to share?

 

Next year I would love to make another documentary about why action movies and independent movies are not as good as they used to be. It would be a loose sequel to Indie Film (a Love Story).

 

What got you into filmmaking in the first place, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?

 

My entire life I have been a huge film buff. It was towards the end of my senior year in high school and all of my friends had already applied and gotten into college. There was nothing that interested me. Then one day it hit me that I wanted to be a director. I have and continue to be a huge film geek.

 

What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to Indie Film (a Love Story)?

 

About eight years ago I went to one semester of film school. After that I dropped out and taught myself how to edit video. During this time I also read every book I could on film and continued to watch movies religiously. Over the years I have built a following on YouTube.

 

How would you describe yourself as a director?

 

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Organized. Editing a documentary is ten times more challenging than directing and editing a regular film. At times I would have three or four different people talking about the same thing. I would then have to go back and pick and choose the best of the best soundbytes.

 

Filmmakers who inspire you?

 

My favorite directors are: Robert Rodriguez, Kevin Smith, Scorsese and Stallone.

 

Your favourite movies?

 

Rocky 2, SwingersMallrats, Bad Boys, Desperado, and Poolhall Junkies.

 

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

 

Indie Film (a Love Story) trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VK_XBXwidNM

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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