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An Interview with Joseph Mazzaferro, Director of Anne

by Mike Haberfelner

April 2017

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

 

Anne is about a mentally ill woman with a severe personalty disorder who develops a strange relationship with her dolls. She becomes victim to insomnia and even self-mutilation leaving her son to unfold the strange truth behind Anne's illness.

 

What were your inspirations when writing Anne, and is any of it based on personal experience?

 

Creepy dolls and old women are a good recipe for horror in my opinion. I think that meal makes people feel uncomfortable.

 

You chose an deliberately slow pace for Anne - care to talk about that decision?

 

I wanted it to feel more like a drama and make the viewer feel the emptiness of being alone all the time with these dolls in this house just as Anne would. Her life is slow-paced and she has to find ways to entertain herself. 

 

What can you tell us about Anne's overall approach to horror?

 

The recipe for horror here is creepy dolls with an old sick woman in solitude. Perhaps, it’s what life is like for that one old lady that happens to live in everyone's neighborhood.

 

Anne's storyline is a bit on the deliberately confusing side - care to elaborate on this, and how hard was it to at times not just lose the plot?

 

I want the viewer to be confused and have to watch it two or three times to really get it. I like to mislead and throw curve balls. Keep you off track for what is about to happen in the end.

 

Do talk about your directorial approach to your story at hand!

 

I love watching a story come to life and I love being able to get the most out of every moment, so I pay attention to detail and try my best to capture realism. 

 

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

 

Incredible cast! Great people! Gail Yost is extremely talented. This one no easy character to bring to life! Michael Kenneth Fahr [Michael Kenneth Fahr interview - click here] was the perfect fit! He was amazing! Natalie Pitcher hit it home with her performance as well! She had to play a difficult turn of events in the film and handled it like a pro. Melissa Daddiowas spot on perfect for the role also. I couldn’t imagine it being anyone else and of course John Kyle had to bring a very sad and empty feeling to the film the was delivered in a perfect fashion! I couldn’t be happier!

 

You of course also have to talk about your location for a bit, and what were the advantages and also challenges filming there?

 

One location shoots are tough and beneficial for many reasons. I love the idea of knowing the house is pre-set for shooting conditions and not having to move around a lot. However with that said making the movie entertaining in one location can be difficult. So the substance had to come from more than one idea and plot.

 

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

 

Beautiful! Couldn’t be better! Great crew, great people, a lot of fun! It was a small budget and a small crew but that makes it a lot of fun sometimes and allows us a chance to get to know each other better at the end of the day. I can honestly say we are all great friends now.

 

The $64-question of course, where can Anne be seen?

 

Anne was just completed and has been submitted to several distributors for review. We’ve already received several offers and are awaiting more. This film will be distributed worldwide-wide in outlets like Walmart, Amazon, Netflix, Vudu, Hulu, etc.

 

Anything you can tell us about critical and audience reception of Anne yet?

 

It’s not had an audience viewing yet, however the first review is in for it.

Review by Michael Haberfelner:

"A word of warning: Better not watch Anne when you have to have plenty of sleep the ensuing night, as it's really creepy and likely to remain with you for quite a while, thanks mostly to its visual strength and of course its strong central performance by Gail Yost."

[click here for the full review]

Any future projects you'd like to share?

 

Indeed! Working on several at a time at all times! The next one is still a bit of a secret for now Then following it will be Kill Cam with co-director Jason Henne. After that will be one of two films filming with co-director Joseph D. Thomas.

 

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http://www.mazzappeal.com

https://www.facebook.com/Annethefilm/

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt6342062

 

Anything else you're dying to mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?

 

You covered it! Thank you so much!

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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