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An Interview with David Axe, Director of Lection

by Mike Haberfelner

December 2019

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Lection is a political thriller set in a post-apocalyptic society. Imagine a local election, Mad Max-style.


What was the key idea behind setting Lection after the apocalypse?


The idea was to take the American electoral process and strip it down to its barest essence. What better way to remove all the niceties from a story than to set it after the end of the world?


Other sources of inspiration when writing Lection?


It wasn't inspiration that guided my writing on Lection, it was poverty. I'm a DIY filmmaker with no money and no access to full-time, professional cast and crew. So I wrote a movie I knew I could cast and crew in and around South Carolina and direct and edit myself. It had to be simple, small and quiet.


Lection is rather short on dialogue throughout - to ask bluntly, why?


"We used to use our words," one character says near the end of the film. The idea is that politics can be about negotiation and compromise. But when people forget how to talk to each other, when negotiation fails, then politics becomes something much crueler.


With Lection being mostly an outdoors film, where was it actually filmed, and what were the challenges but maybe also advantages filming there?


We shot on private property in Ridgeway, South Carolina. One location for the whole movie. Shooting outdoors is always hard, as weather can wreck your schedule. And there are bugs. Lots of bugs. On Lection, the on-set audio-recording was challenging owing to car noise and dogs and all the airplanes flying overhead. But having just one location simplified the logistics of our shoots, which was a huge bonus.


What can you tell us about Lection's key cast, and why exactly these people?


I'd worked with most of them before, so I knew I could count on them. Also, many cast also pulled double-duty in crew positions. Mike Amason starred as the mayor and also handled props. Cleve Langdale played a villager and also ran sound. Kat Kiddo and Darien Cavanaugh were also in front of and behind the camera in various capacities.


Do talk about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere!


Shooting an indie movie with amateur cast and crew can be challenging. It can be difficult to get everyone to take the process seriously and behave like adults. On every movie I shot prior to Lection, we had to fire someone for sexual harassment. But not Lection. It was truly a pleasure to shoot. I chalk that up to our decision to cast and crew families and teenagers in certain key roles. The family atmosphere helped keep the adults on their best behavior. I never thought I'd enjoy working with kids, but I really did.


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


I'll send screeners to any critics or festival organizers who want them. Other than that, follow us on Facebook and look for festival screenings and other special events. We'll play the festival circuit through 2020, then release the movie on Blu-ray and streaming.


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


We just launched the movie, so practically no one has seen it yet except for my drunk friends. And you. But I'm feeling good about this one. It came together.


Any future projects you'd like to share?


In 2020 I'm shooting a horror comedy that I can best describe as "goofy Beowulf".


What got you into filmmaking to begin with, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?


I got into making movies because I like movies, a lot. No formal training, so a few years ago I resolved to make a cheap little movie once a year every year until I'm good at it. Learn by doing.


What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to Lection?


I wrote and produced The Theta Girl in 2017, then wrote and directed a sequel to that called Azrael. In early 2019 I finished Shed, which is streaming at HODTV and coming to Blu-ray soon from Wages of Cine. In between I shot a few horror shorts that mostly played at festivals. Lection is feature number four, and the one I'm most proud of.


How would you describe yourself as a director?


Broke, terrified and desperate. But seriously, my main interest is in making surprising thrillers and horror stories with sympathetic monsters and villains.


Filmmakers who inspire you?


Anyone who worked against all the odds and their own personal limitations to make something, anything - Mark Borchardt, John S. Rad, John Waters, Rudy Ray Moore, even Tommy Wiseau.


Your favourite movies?


That's a long list ... Empire Strikes Back, American Movie, Step Brothers, anything by Nicolas Winding Refn or Denis Villeneuve or Jeremy Saulnier.


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


Torture porn.


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