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An Interview with Douglas Reese, Director of Pacific Angels

by Mike Haberfelner

July 2018

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Your upcoming movie Pacific Angels - in a few words, what's it about?

 

Pacific Angels is about a film student living in an apartment in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States with his roommate and high school friend. Heís working on a group project which is causing him some stress, but the film mostly follows him as he becomes interested in conspiracy theory vloggers, as well as a certain group of people who claimed to be abducted by aliens at a local beach. This kind of is where the story starts, and it goes off in many tangents.

 

Your movies are often of the "slice of life"-variety - is this also the case with Pacific Angels? And to what degree do you see yourself in the lead character (or any other of the movie's characters for that matter)?

 

Iíve been getting interesting reviews as of late. A lot of them donít seem to want to call my work ďslice of lifeĒ much nowadays. Pacific Angels is a personal film, but not necessarily one I based any of the characters off of. In fact, I havenít based characters off of myself since about 2015. A lot of my work is very detached from me now. Itís more of an emotional, symbolic way of being personal as opposed to being journalistic. Iím actually way more interested in a more ambitious way of telling stories now. A lot of changes in how I perceive art, whether my own or elsewhere

 

Other sources of inspiration when dreaming up Pacific Angels?

 

Dreams, actually. Quite a few shots were things Iíd dreamed up, after actively pondering the story over and over. The storyline went through many changes over a nine month period. It started off a lot more barebones and restrained, but through the process of rewriting and just patiently channeling a lot of influences (Edith Whartonís novel Ethan Frome was a major one) and coming up with these visual ideas, and ways of structuring a story and such.

 

What can you tell us about your movie's intended look and feel?

 

Artificial. Off. Discomforting. Anxious. Uncertain. Terrified. What itís like being a millennial American in 2018.

 

Pacific Angels stars Canadian teen filmmaker Ryan Jamison [Ryan Jamison interview - click here] - why him, and how did the two of you first meet even?

 

We met on a film message board, and weíd long shared and developed our own work over time. I was - and currently still am - obsessed with his short film Facade. Weíd always talked about collaborating, and the opportunity finally presented itself, and so Pacific Angels kind of justÖ formed, from me watching Jamisonís performances in his own work, and being influenced a bit by Adam Sandler in Punch-Drunk Love. What I mean by that is Ryanís character kind of goes through this increasing rage that just builds over the film in the way its laid out. I could tell by how he played mundanity in David on the Phone that heíd really add a lot to my style. Heís got a gift for characterization, and is talented with dialogue.

 

Any future projects you'd like to share?

 

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None at the moment. Iím actually growing comfortable with the idea of only doing one film a year now.

 

Since we've last talked [click here], you have made quite a few movies - want to talk about any of those? And how do you think you've grown as a filmmaker?

 

Iím relatively pleased with all of my work since Warwick, so I honestly donít have a whole lot to say, although a lot of them were exploratory and eventually led into conceptualizing Pacific Angels in the manner we attempted.

 

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

 

Not currently, I appreciate the time, as always - and the support!

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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