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An Interview with Doug Gerber, Director of Crazy Murder

by Mike Haberfelner

February 2015

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Your new movie Crazy Murder - in a few words, what is it about?


It's a year in the life of a psychotic, homeless, serial killer.


What were your experiences when writing Crazy Murder?


A lot of the movie's dialogue is improvised. Also we knew that we didn't have to show the script to anyone in order to get it produced, so we didn't worry about formatting or anything. We just came up with an outline of what happens in each scene and the talking points that different characters had to hit. very much like the way Christopher Guest shot Waiting for Guffman. I am pretty sure Curb Your Enthusiasm is filmed that way also. Once we had the story completed, I showed it to our executive producer Stephen Saveski and he told us to start shooting.


What can you tell us about your co-writer and co-director Caleb Pennypacker, and what was your collaboration like?


Caleb and I have been best friends since high school. Caleb was on the West Coast while we were filming so he helped guide me through the VFX shots over the phone. Caleb did all the post-production VFX, we edited the film and made the music together (as Cat Piss Clothes - yes ladies... I'm in a band!).


Crazy Murder goes very far in quite a few departments - to ask quite bluntly, why, and was there any line at all you refused to cross?


Haha. Well we didn't hurt any animals (though the pigeons were probably sad that they didn't get to finish the french fries). We didn't have any sexual assault either. I don't find either of those things to be entertaining or funny and I think most people would agree.


Crazy Murder looks as if it was filmed guerrilla style - is there any truth to that, and what can you tell us about your shoot as such?


Oh it was definitely filmed guerilla style! A lot of the people you see in the background are real folks who were just passing by - including the old man parading around with shit in his pants.


You have to talk about your lead Kevin Kenny for a bit, and how did you find him and what was your collaboration like?


I met Kevin when we were both acting in a family-friendly improv comedy show in NYC. I knew he was a great improv man, so when we decided to make the movie he was the first person I called.


What can you tell us about the rest of your cast, and why exactly these people?


Some of them are personal friends of mine and some of them are actors we found on craigslist. then we have our celebrity cameos. Mark Hunt was contacted through Twitter and was nice enough to come down and act in the film. He brought along Brandon Ropati who is a well known fighter in New Zealand. James Quall was actually my neighbor in Los Angeles and so I offered him the only paid role in the movie. The rapper Dane One makes a really quick cameo too, he is a close personal friend.


A few words about audience and critical reception of your movie so far?


The response has been really positive! we just did an online screening and the response was amazing! Obviously there will be some people out there who are going to hate it, but I guess it hasn't reached most of them yet.


Any future projects you'd like to share?


Well, yes, but it's a little early to discuss. Don't worry, it will be ultra gory for sure!


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


I think I always wanted to make movies. We had this straight-to-VHS camcorder when I was little and I used to try and make movies with my toys. I ended up going to The New York Film Academy.


What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to Crazy Murder?


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I had only done some shorts and a few small commercials before Crazy Murder. While we were working on Crazy Murder, Caleb and I also made an hour long supernatural thriller called Leolex starring James Quall. Here's the trailer:


How would you describe yourself as a director?


Well I hope I can answer that without sounding super conceded... but yeah I guess I'm a super conceded asshole like all the rest.


Filmmakers who inspire you?


Oh man! David Lynch, Stanley Kubrick, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, Christopher Guest, Tim & Eric, John Kricfalusi (creator of Ren and Stimpy), John Carpenter, F.W. Murnau


Your favourite movies?


The Godfather, Office Space, Tim & Eric's Billion Dollar Movie, Conan the Barbarian, The Thing (1984 version of course), Team America: World Police.


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


Ooohh, well I hate to trash talk anyone's work because I know how hard we worked on Crazy Murder... but anyway I guess Roman Polanski is a horrible person so I don't care about his feelings... so yeah fuck all of that dude's movies and fuck Michael Jackson's Moonwalker too.


Your/your movie's website, Facebook, whatever else? is the main site for the film. You can buy and rent it there too. The Facebook is


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


Well, you didn't ask if the puke was real... it was!


Thanks for the interview!


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