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An Interview with Jared Cohn, Director and Star of Wishing for a Dream

by Mike Haberfelner

January 2016

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The movie is all about trying to make it in the entertainment industry, a girl trying to be an actress and a guy trying to be a movie director.


What were your inspirations for writing Wishing for a Dream, and was any of this based on personal experiences or showbiz anecdotes?


A little bit of both. But absolutely there was truth all up in there.


You play one of the lead characters in Wishing for a Dream - so what did you draw upon to bring him to life, and how much of Jared Cohn can we find in Louis?


Quite a bit, I wanted the performances to be as real as possible.


What can you tell us about the rest of your key cast?


It was a very small cast, Sara Malakul Lane was the lead, her best friend was played by Nicole Shipley and the rest of the actors played themselves. David Latt, Richard Switzer and my producing partner in real life, Gabriel Campisi are all real producers.


Wishing for a Dream also stars quite a few Hollywood producers you have made films for before - so what was it like to direct them, in a way be their boss for a change?


Was fun. They are all cool people in real life and good actors as well.


How would you describe your directorial approach to your story at hand?


I kept the coverage traditional and focused on telling the story. And also I got some more interesting guerrilla style shots in there - that part was fun, stealing shots all over LA.


What can you tell us about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?


Was crazy, there was no crew. 99% of the time it was just Sara and I. She was a real trooper for going along with the shoot because it was shot over 46 days, and we shot in sequential order - completely guerrilla and unconventional.


Anything you can tell us about audience and critical reception of Wishing for a Dream yet?


The reviewers seem to appreciate the organic quality the movie has… whether or not it will be a commercial success is yet to be determined.


Any future projects you'd like to share?


I have a very cool possession movie that I am gearing up to shoot. I am producing alongside a couple of great friends, and the three of us just wrapped a movie that went very smooth.


As far as I know, you entered the filmworld as an actor - so what got you into acting, and did you receive any formal education on the subject?


I had a college roommate that is an actor and he was influential in my path. At the time I had no clue what I wanted to do and figured I’d give acting a shot. I wasn’t too successful but loved working on sets so I focused more on my writing, took all my money out, produced a small movie that I directed. I got my butt kicked and then I went back to film school, got my BFA at New York Institute of Technology, and learned the technical aspects and went back to LA and thankfully my skills improved and my writing improved and my network expanded enough to now I can operate and sustain and grow. It’s a brutal business and takes quite a bit to figure out.


What got you into directing eventually, and how would you describe yourself as a director?


I like to think my direction is very clear, both to the actors and to my cinematographer and also I know what I want in advance and can clearly relay that information to my AD, and also I like to think I know what I will need well before the day so I feel prepared. Also, before directing a picture I must read the script many times and attempt to understand it (if I didn’t write it) as well as the writer. Knowing the story inside and out is so important to being able to truly tell the story.


What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to Wishing for a Dream, in whatever position?


I pretty much wore every hat on a feature set, crewed on commercials, worked on tiny shoots, shot 2nd unit for Disney, was the cinematographer for an indie feature, edited, did motion graphic title sequences, color corrected, worked background, lead roles, assisted camera, gripped for many car commercials, you name it and I probably did it. I got my hands dirty.


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Your favourite movies?


Creed, Lone Survivor, Social Network, Tombstone, Matrix.


... and of course, films you really deplore?


Not going to say.


Your/your movie's website, Facebook, whatever else?


On Twitter @Traplightmedia – on Facebook, yes – and on Instagram @jaredcohn1


Thanks for the interview!


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