Your new movie Gravedigger - in a few words, what is it about, and
what can you tell us about your character in it?
is a new horror thriller about a vigilante serial killer who is stalking,
killing and burying those he has judged to be guilty and anyone who gets in
his way could be the next to fall to his vicious swing of a pick axe! My
character is the intense Steve Borden, head of the law firm who defends the
What did you draw upon to bring your character to life, and how
much Keith Collins can we find in Steve Borden?
Borden is definitely a sly secretive attorney who is just lost in an
extremely dark lonely world with no remorse once his mind is made up. Yeah
there is none of Keith Collins in Steve Borden, I’m glad I’m not that
guy, Borden gives me the creeps lol.
the project fall together in the first place, and how did you end up
producing the movie?
has a very talented production team & cast. It all actually started
after a film festival one year when myself, writers Joseph & Billy
and Billy Pepitone interview - click here], director Doug Bollinger,
co-exec producer Brandon Ruckdashel all
happened to be together and in a nutshell, we basically were like let’s
make a movie. Writers Joseph & Billy Pepitone turned and said we have a
script ready to go, and everyone was like ok let’s check it out, &
shortly after it was a quick go from all of us. John Stoerback, Michael
Levine & Jeff Quinlan signed on to executive produce & production
quickly started on Gravedigger.
Do talk about your director Doug
Bollinger for a bit, and what was your collaboration like?
Bollinger & I have been friends for years. He also had a long term
background as a film director & we have always talked about working
together. Doug directed the hit film Waltzing Anna & always
wanted to do a horror film. After reading the script and knowing all who
were involved, Doug was excited to be a part of Gravedigger & committed
to sign on as director.
can you tell us about the rest of your cast, and as a producer, did you
have any say in the casting of this movie?
lot of our cast was friends of mine for the most part. People whom I have
known for years or worked together in the past on or prior projects with.
I really like to keep everyone together and keep making projects and
building it as a team. There were a few cast members we got from auditions
but 95 percent of the film was through people we have all known
personally. But I will say the cast and roles each person has in Gravedigger were exceptional everyone did a fantastic job, I couldn’t be
more pleased with their performances.
We also were honored to have original music from the super talented
Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal of Guns N’ Roses. He is to thank for the
soundtrack of Gravedigger, the music in the film is AMAZING!
What can you
tell us about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?
that is one I definitely won’t forget… we filmed in February in the
quaint town of Point Pleasant Beach, NJ and other than it being so frigid
cold, it was a few months after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. Going
around and seeing all the damage and just how much it completely affected
so many of these people’s lives was heart-breaking. We turned that
energy into positive vibes as we were much honored that the town let us
film there, we decided it was our duty to make a great film represent the
town well and hopefully with some of the notoriety the film has brought
that it will let people know that the Jersey Shore is back on track, in
full swing and welcomes everyone to enjoy the places they have in the
$64-question of course: When and where will Gravedigger be released
onto the general public?
the $64 answer is --- SOON!. We have premiered at the 2013 Downbeach Film
Festival Atlantic City Cinefest, where Gravedigger won two awards
Thriller Film, NJ & Best Actor. We just finished our NYC official
premiere in January and it went fabulous. There are many who have
expressed interest in distributing Gravedigger. so currently now we are
getting the film out to distributors to find our best fit for the film.
You have worked with the
writers of Gravedigger, Joseph and Billy Pepitone [Joseph
and Billy Pepitone interview - click here] before. So do talk
about your other collaborations with them for a bit, and how did you first
& Billy are geat. They wrote a comedy film Stuck in the Middle,
which I had the opportunity of being in. Since then we have worked on two
more projects together, they wrote the horror / thriller films The Meat Puppet &
Gravedigger, and now back to a
hysterical new comedy which is filming soon called The Jersey Devil
[Joseph Pepitone interview
on The Jersey Devil - click here].
Any future projects you'd like to share?
of now my focus is the new comedy film The Jersey Devil, the script
is fantastic, I play James Burnett, basically the new Devil in charge.
After the old Devil retires then Burnett comes on board, isn’t satisfied
with the old Hell and wants a change. He ultimately finds out and decides
what better place for Hell other than Jersey City, NJ …
far as I know, you got into acting through modeling - so what can you tell
us about that career of yours, what got you into acting, and did
you receive a formal education on the subject? And how does modeling
compare to acting?
was something that completely happened to me by accident. It literally
just happened so fast and before I knew it I was modeling for so many of
the top like Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, French Connection, Guess? etc.
It was a fun time & led me to so many great people and amazing
connections along the way.
It’s hard to compare them because they are so
different from each other but modeling I can say made me feel more
comfortable in front of the camera. I always was a performer since a young
kid and wanted to pursue that. I went to NYC’s School for Film &
Television for quite some time and from there on after many years of hard
work it all came together and paid off. I feel very fortunate &
Can you still remember your first
time in front of movie or TV camera, and what was that experience like?
my first real film was Games People Play: NY, it was directed by Emmy
Award-winning film maker James Ronald Whitney. It was very nerve-racking, I
remember when I was done all I kept worrying about was if I did a good job
or not and if the director was satisfied. In the end it turned out very
well & everyone was pleased. That
film had a great run was in theaters and also led me to having a lifelong
friendship with Whitney. He is like a family member to me now.
recent years, you have also turned more and more to producing - what made
you choose that route?
I do enjoy , not as much as acting but I like putting things together I
feel great satisfaction when I can bring people together see everyone
working well and make be able to make a final product we are all proud of.
You of course have to talk about The Meat Puppet for a bit, which you also wrote the story for besides starring
Ohhh, The Meat Puppet. That’s an extreme psychological thriller / horror which
playing that lead character definitely took a few years off my life lol.
It was a very intense role being Andrew Shelton. I
had had that story put together for years, I wanted to do something that
was completely original & extremely shocking. It's kinda like a cross
between American Psycho & Silence of the Lambs. After working with
Joseph & Billy Pepitone on Stuck in the Middle I had
run it past them.
They have always wanted to write a horror script and really liked the
idea. A few months later they inked The Meat Puppet
and it the rest is
Any other past films of yours you'd like
to talk about?
I have enjoyed working on
so many diverse projects & thankful of being able to do what I do and
also play many different ranges of characters. Working with Jana Mattioli
is always special to me, BIdentity Crisis, The Coffee Shop are greatly done
comedies, Echelon8, The Great Fight, The Meat Puppet,
Fight For Survival, Stuck in the Middle,
Reunion 108, Avantgarde, Snapshot, Little Big Boy,
I’ve had great experiences on them all and many others as well.
How would you describe yourself as an
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Extremely dedicated and nothing
gets in my way. When I make the choice to choose that role I go full force
and I always strive to be better and bring more to each character I take
on. Whether it be very intense, comedic or drama I give 110% and nothing
less. Feel like its my complete obligation to bring that character to life
& to do the job I was given by the people who trust & believe in
me to do so.
Actors who inspire you?
American Psycho, Shawshank Redemption, original Psycho,
Casino, Goodfellas, The Godfther, Jaws, Moneyball, & I
love watching low budget films I really like when people are making their
art no matter what level.
Your/your movie's website, Facebook, whatever
My website - http://keithcollinsmedia.com/home.html
My IMDb - http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1519500/reference
Gravedigger movie trailer -
Anything else you are dying to mention and I have
merely forgotten to ask?
ohh: Thanks Mom!
Thanks for the interview!
THANK YOU!!!! =]