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by Mike Haberfelner

July 2012

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Your upcoming film Limo Driver - in a few words, what is it about?

 

Limo Driver is about Jack, a down-and-out limo driver who doesn’t have the best life to begin with. Things take a turn for the worse when he picks up four insanely different clients, and Jack is unwillingly pushed into the life of drugs, gangsters, gamblers, prostitutes, and murder.

 

As far as I know, Limo Driver is still in pre-production. So what can you tell us about the current status quo, your fundraising efforts, and when will the actual shoot commence?

 

We currently have the official trailer in post-edit and hope to have it released in the next couple of months. The actual production does not commence until November this year. We are still actively seeking production and funds via indiegogo.com. The link is http://www.indiegogo.com/limodriverthemovie?a=536765.

 

What were your inspirations when writing Limo Driver?

 

This story is actually based on true events. A close friend lost his job as a limo driver after a client's outrageous actions went too far, but more than anything laughter is a key element for a happy life. I just want to make people happy and laugh! Well, I want them to be somewhat disturbed and disgusted at the same time!

 

Limo Driver sounds very episodic in narrative approach. Simply put, why, and what are the advantages and challenges of filming an episodic movie?

 

In all honesty I was approached a few times with "Why not make it a TV episode?" I like the idea, so that's certainly an advantage. Of course continuing the legacy and always trying to outdo the last is the challenge.

 

How would you describe Limo Driver's brand of humour, and what kind of humour do you favour, personally?

 

Limo Driver is real life humor. The type of things you can only laugh at after it happens. The actual situation at the time would be a nightmare! I personally enjoy sarcasm mixed with wittiness. Movies like the film Quentin Tarantino was part of Four Rooms. Where basically everything just goes wrong for the bellboy. Limo Driver has been described by critics as a "Hangover-like" comedy also. I can see the correlation there too.

 

Any idea how you will approach your subject matter on a directorial level?

 

I like to give the basic concept of the characterization and let the actor run with it. If I see a problem with delivery I speak up but I like to watch actors work with their own visions of the character.

 

Cinematography on Limo Driver will be handled by award winning cinematographer Troy Bowman. How did you get him, and what will he contribute to the movie's look and feel?

 

I can't express my thanks enough to Troy. He will handle a wide variety of tasks including the editing and filming, which will give this film the feeling of a Hollywood-like production. They say it's all in the people you know and that certainly seems to hold water. I've been in film, TV and event production for some time, so fortunately I met him through mutual business associates.

 

Limo Driver features quite a stellar cast. What can you tell us about at least some of the key players, and how did you get them?

 

I can't even begin to tell you how happy I am about this cast! They are phenomenal! I owe a lot of this to my executive producer, Dustin Hubbard [Dustin Hubbard interview - click here]. He worked hard to pull a lot of the key players together. Names like Mike Frascino from Lionsgate release of Neowolf, Joel Wynkoop, a B-List veteran actor with over a hundred different roles under his belt [Joel D. Wynkoop interview - click here]. Mike Christopher, the original poster child from George Romero's Dawn of the Dead. There are over 30 lead roles in this film. We have a beast of a cast all across the board! The newcomers are amazing, the veterans are spot-on. It couldn't be better! Names like Damien Colletti featured in TV's As the World Turns and Forensic Files. Tom Leyva, Abercrombie Fitch model Kenny Thibodeau. The list goes on and on!

 

It might be waaaay to early to ask: But when and where might Limo Driver be released, even tentatively?

 

It's certainly too soon to make an accurate reading on it but I aspire to hit the film festivals in 2013, no later than 2014.

 

Any future projects beyond Limo Driver?

 

Absolutely! I plan on being here for a while. I've written several films touching on all genres. I have a horror Alone, a suspense thriller Turn, a short romantic drama The Man with no Feeling. I certainly want to put my hands in everything - but I love comedy so I wanted to make my directing debut with Limo Driver. I plan on hitting the scene hard and making my way into filmmaking memorable. I want Tarantino calling me for the next collaboration!

 

Let's go back to the beginnings of your career: I've read somewhere that you actually started out as a songwriter - what can you tell us about that aspect of your career?

 

Music was always a passion for me. Music can change moods. I love music and I love the art of wordplay. I've had nearly fifty songs produced and was lucky enough to have a few play on national radio. I realized later that it was the story that enticed me the most about music. I'm really just a writer at heart. When I write, I get to journey off into another world. It's practically a form of meditating for me.

 

You have eventually moved into the production side of film and TV. Why, and what can you tell us about some of your work?

 

I saw my future in video and film after working on several events with J.Thor Productions. I've been part in production for clients like the Gaspirilla and Sarasota Film Festivals, VISA, McDonalds, The real Frank Abignale from Steven Spielberg's film Catch Me if You Can, former president Bush, TV’s Dancing with the Stars, L’Oreal Professional, Eric Clapton, Tropicana Field home of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays Baseball team, World Champion boxer Winky Wright, The Florida State Fair and many more.

 

What urged you to eventually want to go into directing, and what can you tell us about your directorial experience prior to Limo Driver?

 

Honestly, being the writer of Limo Driver is what made me feel like I was the best fit for it. I have the perfect vision. This will be my directing debut but I'm certainly not new to production, so I feel very comfortable and confident in my role.

 

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Filmmakers who inspire you?

 

Quentin Tarantino and Sylvester Stallone.

 

Your favourite movies?

 

By far the hardest question yet... I love most genres so I have many... I have hundreds of titles that I love. Four Rooms, Pulp Fiction, Die Hard, Rocky, Kung Fu Hustle, The Crow - to name a few.

 

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

 

I just can't stand movies that are so unbelievable and far-fetched like that new Piranha movie. Unrealistic, larger than life Piranha where jumping out of the water and eating buildings and shit. It's ridiculous. I can't even remember the title. Better off that way.

 

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

 

http://www.facebook.com/limodrivermovie

http://www.facebook.com/JosephAMazzaferro

http://www.indiegogo.com/limodriverthemovie?a=536765

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1550645/

 

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

 

No sir, you covered it! Thanks so much!

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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