Your movie Abram's
Hand - in a few words, what is it about?
is a movie about the effects of extremism in American culture.
movie makes quite a statement about organized religion gone bad - your
personal thoughts about the subject? And do you consider yourself at all a
I am religious and I don't think this
film is anti religion at all. It's anti group think and anti-intolerance.
We're looking at the dangers of intolerance. Some people, namely the
Westboro Baptist Church, make their money spreading hate speech. Well, we
simply took what they did and moved it a step further.
On the other hand,
Hand plays like a classic slasher movie - a favourite genre of
yours, and some of your genre favourites?
I am a fan of
that genre! For me, it begins and ends with Carpenter's Halloween.
It changed cinema.
What were your
inspirations when writing Abram's
Well, I'm a former soldier. And you know,
those guys are protesting soldiers funerals and stuff. And I thought, we
need to have another voice out there being counter to those morons.
How would you describe your directorial
It was a very different film, not just for me, but
for our crew. We normally are doing movies that focus on the micro, more
relationship stuff. So this was a stretch. And it was tough to keep the
emotions high, particularly at the end of the film We accomplished this by
basically living in the woods together. We really bonded and it became a
true team effort.
Hand, some of the scenes of violence happen off-screen - was this
a narrative, an aesthetic or merely a budgetary decision? And what can you
tell us about your movie's on-screen gore scenes (since there are still
quite a few)?
No, it was intentional. We wanted it to be a
snowball effect. Start it off slowly and then punch the audience in the
You of course have to talk about your cast
for a bit, and why exactly these people?
My cast was
amazing. Mark McCarver really brings a sense of tragedy to the role. And
Billy Kring as Delphus is so dark and matter of fact in his villainy. It
plays very realistically.
Hand is mainly an outdoors-film. So what can you tell us about
your locations, and what are the advantages and challenges of shooting out
in the open? And what can you tell us about the shoot as such, and the
Well, we all lived outdoors for the
film. So, on set it was very much an "all in" attitude. But yea,
outdoors has its disadvantages. You have to fight the sun, the sound. But,
particularly where we shot it, it's so foreboding shooting out in the
brush. Out in God's country as it were.
What can you tell us about critical
and audience reception of your movie so far?
Feeling lucky ?
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for more, better results ?
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So, far it's
been great. Audiences have been really creeped out and the films has
gotten nothing but great reviews. It's playing one of my favorite film
tests ever in April, the Bare Bones Film Festival in Oklahoma. Looking
forward to getting it in front of one of the best indie film audiences out
projects you'd like to talk about?
Yes sir, we start the XXXX
Saga this month [James
Christopher's XXXX interview - click here]. Two films at once. Go here for more info:
website, Facebook, whatever else?
Anything else you are
dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
for the interview!