Your upcoming documentary Son of Lucifer - in a few words what is it
Son of Lucifer is
a very difficult project that I am currently putting together. A very personal
documentary that mainly looks into the history of three generations in my
family and the unsettling and mysteriously unexplained connections they have to
a variety of sometimes supernatural events within their hometown in Northern
Son of Lucifer seems like a deeply personal project. What
made you decide to want to release it onto the public?
a story that I’ve only recently found out in the past year, and upon
hearing it I was extremely shocked and was propelled to tell whoever I
could about the events. However, I was also had an inner war within myself
on whether or not to turn it into a documentary and investigate further on
my own. It eventually reached me that, with a subject like this, not
making a film about it would be ridiculous on my part. I’m reminded of
something like in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia, where the narrator points
out that “well, if that wasn’t a movie, I wouldn’t believe it” –
a line full of such truth that it’s beyond scary that many aren’t
willing to believe it. As this story proves, sometimes reality is stranger
and scarier than fiction. And I feel that’s a message definitely worth
being further put out into the public.
your family is in the center of this documentary - tell us a bit about
your family's history?
family members focused in on the most in this documentary are my
grandfather, grandmother, my mother and myself. Specifics about our
histories, who we are and how we reached our current destinations are to
be revealed in the documentary – but the strange layers throughout our
family history is something that could be considered shocking. Sure as
hell haunts me night after night.
does your family think about you bringing their story to the screen (and
subsequently to a wider audience)?
family isn’t too proud of my choice in revealing this story – most
specifically the ones who are higher subjects in it. Other family members
who are “bystanders” or “witnesses” to the events of the story
aren’t as opposed to the idea and are definitely willing to be
interviewed and help further enrich and help audiences understand the
bizarre complexity in the subject.
The 1977 cold case crime at the
bottom of your movie - you just have to talk about that one!
know this sounds incredibly mean, but beyond the fact that it happened,
all events surrounding this and some other of the secrets will not be revealed
were/are some major
obstacles while researching the film?
hasn’t been much research at all for the film, because it’s currently
in pre-production and the central idea to the film involves me actually
researching it. I do know smaller things, though, due to my own personal
research back when I learned of some of the events (such as the murder,
secrets of the hometown, my grandfather’s occupation, the connection to
an Oscar-winning actor) in order to prove that there is factual evidence
here. And unbelievably, there is.
So far I've only
come to know you as a feature filmmaker. How does making a documentary
differ from directing fiction? And which do you prefer, actually?
definitely love making fictional work, but working on this documentary
seems to be very exciting and nerve-rattling. I both can and can’t wait
to begin filming and investigating more.
are currently running a Kickstarter campaign to help fund your film. What
is the money from that campaign primarily needed for?
need help for the traveling of my film back and forth from my current city
to my family’s hometown and both shooting and investigating around
there. Another thing I need help with is transferring the vintage VHS home
videos of my family to digital files for the sake of editing them
alongside freshly shot footage. I also have a music composer in mind that
I would definitely like to pay for, and finally festival submission fees
when time comes to finally presenting the film for public viewing.
far into the production of Son of Lucifer are you presently? And
any idea yet when the film will be released, tentatively?
I said before, all I have now is all the equipment and information to
start. All I need is the little amount of money to actually get my foot
out and be able to successfully bring it to the screen the way I’d like
future projects beyond Son of Lucifer?
Feeling lucky ?
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?
The links below
will take you
none currently. All of my energy is circling so strongly around this one.
I feel very, very strongly and passionate about this.
website, Facebook, Kickstarter page, whatever else?
out and LIKE the film’s Facebook page here:
also, if you can help pledge or even spread the word, please help out any
way you can via the film’s Kickstarter page here:
Would really be appreciated and would help me get this story out there.
else you are dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
a huge thank you for helping get more word out for the film? Not really,
Mike. Just again: a huge, gigantic, titanic THANK YOU for your support of
my past film work and, of course, my most ambitious one yet. Hope it gets
completed and doesn’t disappoint. I strongly have the feeling in my gut
that it won’t. And again, if anybody out there has even a small little
dollar to donate to help out on this film, it would really, really be
appreciated! Spreading the word, even, would also help a lot!
for the interview!
the hundredth time – thank you, Mike!