Your upcoming movie All My Boyfriend's Girlfriends - in a few
words, what's it going to be about?
It's a female driven comedy about a
woman whose best day turns into the worst when she is forced to meet all
her fiancé's ex-girlfriends at their engagement party.
How did the project
come together in the first place, and what made you want to produce?
It was originally done as a one woman show and was up on the Comedy
Central stage for 2 years. It was the optioned by almost every major
studio in town. Fox let go of the last option because they said
there was no audience for female driven comedies. Well, we all know
how that one ends! Can you say Bridesmaids? I
originally saw the one woman show and it was hysterical! When Megahn
brought me the script after it had been sitting for a while I jumped at
the chance. It is probably one of the funniest scripts I have ever
talk about your film's brand of comedy for a bit, and do you consider
yourself at all a humourous person?
Ya know, the funny
thing is I don't really gravitate to comedies at all and in fact this
would be the first one I will produce. The script was just so good I
really wanted to see it get made.
What can you tell us
about All My Boyfriend's Girlfriends' writer Megahn Perry and
director Luc Schurgers, and what's the collaboration with them like during
known Megahn for 20 years and when we were looking at directors, Luc's
comedic sensibility seemed appropriate.
I gave him the script and he loved it. When we all sat down it
became clear to us that Luc really got the film we wanted to make. It's
funny because earlier this year we had the opportunity to make the film
for 1.6 million but the producer was set on a director and although
he had good credits and a few successful films, he really didn't get or
understand the film we were trying to make. It was a hard decision
but we decided to move on.
Gary, Luc Schurgers, Lisa Astakhova,
As far as I know, the film is currently
in its fundraising stages - so what can you tell us about your fundraising
It is a massive amount of work and I have to say
probably the hardest thing I have ever done, work wise! But hopefully in
the end it will all be worth it and we will get to see this great script
come to life.
Apart from funding, where do you see the
biggest challenges in bringing the show on the road, production-wise?
budget production is the easy part for me. I've been doing it a long
time and everyone on the team has a lot of experience. Obviously
when doing smaller films you don't have the luxury of throwing money at
problems which means you have to get very creative. Funding is by
far the hardest part.
you can tell us about your intended cast yet, and since you're also an
actor, will you appear in front of the camera in All My Boyfriend's
Girlfriends as well?
I won't be in front of the camera on this film and I am happy about
that. Producing it will be fun enough. It's sometimes nice to
only wear one hat. We do have a number of actresses who want to do
the film but we haven't announced any of them yet, and yes you know who
they are! :)
So once the funds are raised,
what's the schedule and even if it might be waaay too early to ask, any
idea when and where the film might be released onto the general public
Our plan is to put the film into production just after
the new year. Hopefully making it ready for Sundance 2016.
Any future projects beyond All My Boyfriend's
Girlfriends you'd like to share?
I do have quite a few
films in the pipeline at the moment but I think I'll wait on talking about
You have initially
entered the filmworld as an actor - so what can you tell us about your
work in front of the camera, and how would you describe yourself as an
have spent most of my career doing
independent films and playing character roles. These roles have been
really fun to play and to be honest I feel more comfortable playing a
cross-dressing drug dealer than myself in front of the camera.
What made you pick up producing eventually, and
what can you tell us about the films you produced prior to All My
started producing as a way to create an avenue for my work as an actor.
I'm not the sit around and wait for your agent kind of guy but as
the years progressed I really started to love being part of the
storytelling process and began writing as well. I did run
development for a production company a few years back and it was so
much fun to work with the writers to develop and shape the stories we were
What do you look for in a
project that you want to produce?
Good writing and
storytelling. I don't care so much about the genre as I do the
content and how the story is told. But I do love things that touch
my heart and make me stop for a minute to ask some big questions.
whoever else who inspire you?
Wes Anderson, David O'Russel,
Charlie Kaufman, Ryan Gosling, Tom Hardy and Gary Oldman to name a few.
Your favourite movies?
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Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, City of God, Like Crazy, Incedies,
City of Lost Children, Magnolia, Happiness, The Fisher
King to name a few!
and of course, films you really deplore?
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