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An Interview with Justin Samuels, Creator of The Agent

by Mike Haberfelner

September 2012

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Your upcoming film The Agent - in a few words, what is it going to be about?

 

The Agent is about an aspiring singer who tries to shortcut her way into the business. She ends up becoming one of the worst con artists out there. Based on the real life story of Melanie Mills, who was a fake literary/real estate agent, among many other things.

 

What were your main inspirations when writing The Agent, and is any of the script based on personal experiences or popular showbiz anecdotes?

 

Yes. On the internet message boards, a number of writers and actors I used to chat with years ago had experiences with various con artists, and then there were clichéed fake talent agents and other sharks out there.

 

As far as I know, the film is still very much in its pre-production/fundraising stages. So what can you tell us about The Agent's current state, how are you planning to proceed from here, and any idea yet when and where it's going to be released onto the general public (though I realize it's probably waaay to early to ask)?

 

As you said, the film is still in its pre production/fundraising stage. Once the budget has been raised, then I'll move forward to the casting. How soon it gets released to the general public all depends on how soon the budget is raised.

 

How do you plan to approach The Agent from a directorial point of view?

 

I'd like to convey in the film that there are no shortcuts to success, while at the same time providing humor in some of Alice's mad schemes (Alice is the title character).

 

As far as I know, you have cast singer/actress/model Holly T to play the lead in The Agent - why her, how did you find her, and what makes her perfect for the role?

 

Justin with Holly T

I met Holly through fashion photographer Rob Ordonez. Holly's a good actress and singer. The singer bit is important, because Alice, the main character of The Agent, is a singer actress herself. Also, I've listened to Holly's songs What Money Wants Money Gets and Queen Bitch, and they are perfect for the soundtrack of this film.

 

Anything you can tell us about the rest of your cast yet?

 

I've only cast one other part yet. The most important part was that I get the right person to play Alice, and I have her, Holly T.

 

Let's go back to the beginnings of your career: What got you into filmmaking to begin with, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?

 

Certainly. I had some formal training in writing, in the form of my liberal arts degree from Cornell University (BA in History). Some of my English classes there dealt with various forms of fiction. I've participated in screenwriting workshops such as ScriptPimp, and I worked as production assistant in various capacities on a couple of films. So my training was somewhat hands-on.

 


Over the last few years, you have been quite busy covering the Occupy Wall Street-movement, also in your documentary Many Faces of Occupy Wall Street - so what can you tell us about that experience as a whole and your documentary in particular?

 

That was a very interesting experience. The original Zuccotti Park, early on, was a wonderful place where you met all types of people, from minimum wage workers to lawyers, actors, etc. People from all walks of life and educational backgrounds. Unfortunately, the nature of the movement changed, and by winter 2011 it became more about housing and glorifying the homeless occupiers. Nothing productive happened at this point, and the Occupiers with jobs and education pretty much bailed out of the movement, leaving it a bunch of homeless youths.

 

My documentary is a collection of interviews of various Occupiers. I interviewed some of the most notorious names in Occupy, from proponents of Occupy, to Occupiers who were pretty much opponents of Occupy. On the proponent side I had Gilbert Rojas and Felix Rivera Pitre. On the opponent side, I had Nan Terrie and Sage. One can find quite a bit on these Occupiers if you just google their names. Many Faces of Occupy Wall Street is available on Amazon, and is intended to educate people on the views of Occupiers directly from the mouths of people who were there, uncensored. I didn't focus on fancy editing, because I wanted to get a close picture of what things were on the ground as I could.

 

Going from documentary filmmaking to directing a feature - how do the two prepare, which do you find more inspiring?

 


Well, directing a feature requires a bigger budget, different equipment, professional actors, and crew, etc. So there's a lot more work, and of course the guilds are more involved in a feature (The Agent is both SAG and WGA).

 

Any other filmwork of yours you'd like to talk about?

 

I do have 7 other screenplays, and my favorite genres are fantasy and horror. Nana and Mother of Witches, which I have in ebook form, are also screenplays - in the sword and sorcery/gods genre. Lunatics is a horror. Mind you, they aren't in pre-production yet.

 


Besides making features and documentaries, you have also published a handful of books. What can you tell us about them, and about Justin Samuels, the writer?

 

Certainly. Two of my books, Nana and Mother of Witches, are fantasy - sword and sorcery. Appealing to those who like things like Hercules, Xena and Harry Potter. Occupy Wall Street, A Leftist, Anarchist Cult is a collection of my critical blog posts on Occupy. This was written after OWS became a horrible mess, and I add in additional commentary after each blog post. Nan Terrie and Sage are mentioned, as two individuals who had considerable influence on what went on in Occupy, through tactics others deemed disruptive.

 

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Stephen Spielberg, Tyler Perry, Sam Raimi, and Kenneth Branagh.

 

Your favourite movies?

 

Working Girl, Why Did I Get Married Two, The Color Purple, Thor, and Legally Blond.

 

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

 

There's nothing I really deplore.

 

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

 

For now, interested people should hit up my facebook fan page for updates: https://www.facebook.com/JustinSamuels36?ref=hl  

When I've completed casting, will then put up a The Agent website and The Agent fan page.

 

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

 

Yes. Check out my Yahoo Contributor Page. On it I interview various entertainers such as filmmaker Derek Ting (Supercapitalist) - http://contributor.yahoo.com/user/1593580/justin_samuels.html

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

© by Mike Haberfelner


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