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An Interview with Derek Young, Director of Family Property

by Mike Haberfelner

July 2010

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Your debut feature is called Family Property. In a few words, what's that film about?


Well, it's about Derek Jones keeping his promise to his father and kiilng anyone who steps on their Family Property!!


Was the film inspired by any real life events, and what were your (other) sources of inspiration?


No, it wasn't inspired by real events but they could've been! The inspiration for the film actually came about when me and my long time friend Nathan were going over ideas we'd like to do. Actually, I did this film to show him I could handle doing a feature. We had thought up together another idea that led me to this one. I wrote the script and went to work. However over half the film was dreamed up while shooting and then completely ad-libbed by the cast. So really, I can credit the film to them. Yeah, I directed it but without the cast it'd been nowhere.


Let's talk about the film's score for a bit: What can you tell us about the recurring and haunting title song by Etcetera?


I wrote all the lyrics. I sent them to one of the actors' father, who was at that time Etcetera's manager. His name is Anthony D. Thomas. He got the band working on it and in three days they had wrote the music and recorded the song.


Your killer in the film has his own theme melody that's as simple as effective. A few words about that piece?


It was done by a great composer Randy Gilbert. He saw my blog on myspace looking for music for the film and sent me a message. He then agreed I could use anything from his library. I found this, loved it, and edited it to fit the scenes.


Lloyd Kaufman

Your film does not only feature a cameo appearance by the ubiquitous Lloyd Kaufman, he is also credited as assistant director. How did that come into being?


Well, he saw the pic run teaser I'd put together of the film. He wrote me and asked if there was a role he could play. So, of course I made him one. We agreed that since he directed his shoot and got his crew to shoot the footage he'd also be credited as assistant director of the film.


John Birmingham

One of the key roles in the film is played by John Birmingham, whose Vampires of Zanzibar you associate-produce [John Birmingham interview - click here]. What can you tell us about him?


He's a great filmmaker and actor. He's true and has a passion that's hard to find. I met him when he was just starting V.O.Z. as we all call it. I liked the script so much I started helping in all aspects. In him I have made a life long friend.


And since we're at the subject, a few words about Vampires of Zanzibar?


It's a film that not only is fun but has a lot of messages within. If you love crazy rides you have to check it out. It isn't being released yet but when it is hold on tight.


What can you tell us about the rest of your cast and crew?


All of them have done a lot of work in the industry. You can find alot of the cast on IMDb. There are a few newcomers to film. One character is played by my cousin. He came to help with sound and one actor didn't show so there he is. I also included my wife and a lot friends from Vampires of Zanzibar. I even put in a couple friends from my work place at FUD's and John Birmingham's son and wife.


With your film's washed-out colours, choppy editing, uneven on-screen sound and even use of music, you seem to be hell-bent on recreating the look and feel of obscure 1970's grindhouse and drive-in flicks. Why is that, and a few of your favourite films from that era?


Well, it didn't start that way. However, when I noticed we had sound issues while shooting I was editing footage from day 1. I shot the bulk of the film in 3 days and edited during the break in days. Once I found these problems I decided to make the film this way and that is how I shot the rest of the film.

My favorite film from that time is Wes Craven's Last House on the Left with David Hess.


The film's website, MySpace, whatever else?,,,


The 64 Dollar question: When and where will the film be released?


The film will be released in a couple of days. You will be able to find it on and at


As mentioned above, Family Property is your debut film as a director. What made you become a director, and what were your cinematic experiences prior to the movie?


I love acting but wanted to be the one behind the movie. Before, this I had done a lot of shorts with my friends and acted in four films. I picked up what I learned from doing those things and then taught myself to edit.



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Well, first I am in the works with an idea that'll be my friend Nathan's debut film as a director. We'll start shooting it in the next moth. Second I am working on an idea now that will blow people away when it's done. The thing I'm lacking is funding so if anyone wants to invest in it they can talk to me about what the idea is. I can't give away any hints as the film is in the script process as of now.


Directors who inspire you?


Well, there is a few. Lloyd Kaufman, Quentin Tarantino, Wes Craven and Peter Jackson.


Your all-time favourite movies?


Would have to be anything Troma, Bad Taste by Peter Jackson, and anything with David Hess in it.


And of course, some films you have really deplored?


Basically, all of these crappy remakes of the greatest films ever.


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


Only thing I need to say is Thank You to anyone who gives Family Property a chance and I hope to see you in the movies!!!


Thanks for the interview!


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