were your sources of inspiration when writing Suicide
I donít quite know how to answer that. I know at the end of the
movie, I said thank you to Q.T, D.A, and K.F. Guess if you can decode
those names (not that hard), then maybe those were my influences at the
Trip tells the same story from different perspectives - so what
was the idea behind that approach?
Weíre talking about
something I wrote so long ago, itís hard to really figure out what my
line of thinking was. I guess I wanted to make it a fun movie and telling
it as I did felt right.
What can you tell us
about your directorial approach to your story at hand?
every film is different. Been a while since I made one, but thatíll
change soon. But that being said, I think that a directorís relationship
with the actors is very important. It starts there. Actors are these
vulnerable human beings who are opening their ribcage and saying ďhave
at it,Ē so if they donít trust you, youíve got nothing.
also play one of the leads in Suicide
Trip - so what can you tell us about your character, and what did
you draw upon to bring him to life?
Well, part of what I was making fun of in Suicide
Trip was the films of the day.
The high school films with all the archetypes. I wanted to take the angry
loner and make him as angry as possible. I wanted to take the popular guy
and make him so popular it would be comical. Playing Tommy wasnít
something Iíd want to do again, but it was cathartic in a way. He was
just a ball of rage and unchecked feelings. Iím not sure where it came
Have you actually
written Tommy with yourself in mind, and to what degree is the character
I wrote him with me in mind, yes. No, not
at all. Though everyone has a combative side of themselves.
What can you tell us about the rest of
your cast, and why exactly these people?
Well Chris Clark
has been my friend since 13. He has a funny relationship with the truth
sometimes, so since day one I wanted to work with him. Heís not an actor
by training, just by experience. I think a lot of people start off that
way. Mike Mandell is just kind of a one-of-a-kind guy, a special dude. Eco
and I met right before the film was made and she had the part instantly,
even after we did a good amount of casting for Sasha. If I could locate
her, Iíd work with her again. Sean GaldoÖ well heís a legend.
Do talk about
the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?
Fuck. The shoot was a nightmare. I didnít know what the Christ I was
doing, none of us did (not knocking the gaffer, etcówho was
amazingójust speaking from a general standpoint). We were making shit up
as we went along. Hereís a quick, but good example. We needed a keg for
the party scene. When Trent is doing a keg stand in the movie, that
wasnít fake. He did a keg stand and then after we were done shooting, we kicked the keg. It was a sloppy night. Most of the
crew was staying at the house and people were puking in the grass. It was
you can tell us about audience and critical reception of Suicide
I mean it never really got noticed by critics. The company that agreed
to distribute it was a clowncar. This movie hasnít really ever seen
daylight. That being said and knowing them, they probably wouldíve hated
it. Roger Ebert was the only critic I care about and heís gone. Miss him
and his writing. Wish Iíd known him.
As far as I know, Suicide
Trip was your first movie - so looking back at it now, how does it
make you feel?
Nostalgic as can be and uncomfortable (when
Iím on screen). I love what it represents in my life, which is kinda a
creative birthing of sorts.
What made you want to go into filmmaking
to begin with, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?
And you know what did? Probably Troma movies. As a kid, they were the
equivalent of exploitation movies. I loved the Class Of Nuke ĎEm High
can you tell us about your filmwork since Suicide
Trip? And any future projects on the horizon?
and Wild Seven are the two other films Iíve made. Iíve written a
bunch. Rarfland, K.A.D, Moonshine Clover, etc. Working on one now Iím
probably gonna make this year.
would you describe yourself as a director?
kinda a personal question. JK. I just wanna make the film true to what I
set out to do. Music speaks to me a lot, I guess. I donít know, itís
been a while since Iíve made a film, but Iím sure Iíd better answer
this question after making the film Iím writing.
actors, whoever else who inspire you?
Feeling lucky ?
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?
The links below
will take you
Robert Forster is my
man, heís the best. He finds his way into anything I write. Otherwise,
my heart broke beyond repair once Phillip Seymore Hoffman died. It was the
moment my idea of the world changed. I always saidówhen watching him on
screenóthat if this guy would be okay, so would everything else. If a
person can be that genuineóthat honest on screenóand be okay?
Everything else will be okay. Well it wasnít and I cried horribly when
he died. I like a lot of directors, but thatís an overshare thatís
important to me.
Battle Royale has always been my favorite film, as
I state it. But Iíve kinda let go of that over the years, havenít
watched it as much. I love different films for different reasons. I love
the Babadook cause itís one of the most brilliant metaphors Iíve ever
seen. I loved Rampage cause itís a silly, fun action movie. Playing
favorites is never a good idea.
... and of course, films you really deplore?
Iím not talking shit about othersí work. Iíve had it done about my
own and it stings.
movie's website, Facebook, whatever else?
Haha, I donít
do social media. Off the grid. If my films have accounts, thatís a shrug
you're dying to mention that I have merely forgotten to ask?
I hope you enjoy my other films. Your review of Suicide
Trip was awesome.
Written by a movie fan. I can tell youíre a dude. Stay real!
for the interview!