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An Interview with Joe Ciminera, Director of Venial

by Mike Haberfelner

October 2014

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Your new movie Venial - in a few words, what is it about?

 

Venial is about a women who loses her husband in an early 19th century war and turns her back on her faith and her children. She suffers from hallucinations and eventually becomes taken over by a demon in her own home.

 

What were your inspirations when dreaming up Venial? And knowing you don't always work from actual scripts, in how much detail was that one put into writing before the shoot?

 

My inspirations usually come from stories from the Bible. I then take those verses and make stories out of them. I donít use scripts at all. I use storyboards drawn on one piece of paper in small boxes. I find by doing that I can allow an actor to become very creative in the moment.

 

Venial being a rather twisted ghost story - is that a genre you're at all fond of?

 

Yes, I love suspenseful horror. Nothing too bloody or over the top but enough to make a subtle cringe.

 

How would you describe your film's specific look and feel?

 

A very cold, blue dark feel. Dead leaves, no sign of animal lifeÖ a feeling of emptiness.

 

What can you tell us about your key cast, and why exactly these people?

 

I think Iím one of the very few directors that just about keep the same cast for every movie. I believe in casting the right actor in the right role regardless of their station in the acting game. Iím not going to put an A or B list actor in a film just because I feel they will draw attention to the film. If I feel someone is right for the role I will cast them for it.

 

I think one of the key factors of Venial is its location - so how did you find it, and what were the advantages and challenges filming there?

 

The way I make a film is visiting a location first. I sit there by myself for a few hours and build the story in my head. I create a movie that I would want to see based on that location. The location is very unique and I have the utmost respect for Father Leo for allowing me to film at the location.

 

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

 

Very relaxed. Serious but fun. In this film especially we were surrounded by true professional cast and staff. We all learned from each other.

 

A few words about audience and critical reception of Venial so far?

 

So far itís all been good but I anticipate people going both ways as it gets released. Critisism is part of the movie business.

 

The $64 question of course, when and where will the film be released onto the general public?

 

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Itís at the distributors as we speak so I would guess that it will be released early 2015.

 

Any future projects you'd like to share?

 

Yes, Iím currently casting for Prophetic and E-19 Virus, both of which will be finished in 2015. Iím also rolling out with a new season of Tales of the Dark in 2015 as well.

 

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Thanks for the interview!

 

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