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An Interview with Kevin Chenault, Director and Star of Lattie

by Mike Haberfelner

August 2016

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It's a film about how this particular person (Lattie) deals with a series of disturbing events. We all deal with things like that differently and I wanted to explore how this character would.

 

What were your sources of inspiration when writing Lattie, and was any of it based on personal experiences?

 

It isn't really based on personal experiences exactly, but there are certain aspects of my personality within Lattie as a character. I was thinking about the Coen Brothers a lot while writing it and during our production.

 

You just have to talk about Lattie's brand of comedy!

 

I'm happy that you thought it was funny. I'm never quite sure if it is just me who finds humor in it. During some scenes of the movie it felt more slapstick than anything else I have ever written and I was completely ok with that. We just rolled with whatever felt right.

 

Do talk about your directorial approach to your story at hand for a bit!

 

Well this was quite a bit different than previous films that I have directed because I'm in almost every frame of this one. During production, I relied heavily on Lavender Timmons (producer) and Eddy Scully (cinematographer) to be honest about my performance and keep me in line if they noticed anything that didn't work.

 

You also play the lead in Lattie - so what did you draw upon to bring him to live, and have you written him with yourself in mind? And how much of Kevin Chenault can we find in Lattie, actually?

 

Towards the end of the writing process I began thinking about playing the character. Emily McArdle (my girlfriend) helped convince me to play the character. Also, it was basically a necessity because Eddy Scully (cinematographer) was only going to be in town for 2 weeks and I didn't have time to cast a lead. There are aspects of my personality in Lattie, though I'm usually much more expressive with my emotions. Lattie tends to bottle up a lot of his troubles.

 

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

 

The rest of the cast was an amazing bunch to work with. Audrey Hillyer (Lattie's sister) & Paula Von (Lattie's mom) are both literature professors and brought a lot to their characters.

 

Do talk about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere!

 

Very relaxed and smooth. In my experience, the filmmaking process is usually filled with a series of tragic events and how you deal with those micro tragedies says a lot about you as a person and the entire production. We felt with our micro tragedies well.

 

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

 

We are sending it out to film festivals currently and after that it will be available online somewhere for sure. Check lattiefilm.com & www.facebook.com/
86dFILMS

 

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

 

Honestly, I used to never read reviews and now I read them immediately when they come in. Even the bad ones I enjoy. I'm just excited for people to see the film and if a handful of people enjoy it then I'm more than happy. We'll see how the critical reception of the film is soon.

 

Any future projects you'd like to share?

 

I'm currently working on a script and the working title is Hellen. More information to come: https://www.facebook.com/86dFILMS

 

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What got you into filmmaking to begin with, and did you receive any formal education on the subject?

 

No formal education at all. I just wanted to use a visual medium to showcase characters. I dropped out of high school, took out a $1,000 loan to buy a Canon xl1, talked my friends into helping me with a film, and started shooting.

 

What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to Lattie?

 

Young Islands (2011) & Different Drum (2013). I worked with a lot of the same friends who helped out with Lattie.

 

How would you describe yourself as a director?

 

Always learning. I never want to stop learning.

 

Filmmakers who inspire you?

 

David Lynch, Coen Brothers, Wes Anderson, Noah Baumbach, Jim Jarmusch, and I could go on and on for days.

 

Your favourite movies?

 

Depends on the week, but the movies that I think about often are: Squid And The Whale, The Life Aquatic, Wild At Heart, and the sound design of Eraserhead!

 

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

 

Haha, the only films I deplore are those that talk down to the audience and thankfully those are rare.

 

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

 

lattiefilm.com

86dfilms.com

facebook.com/86dFILMS

facebook.com/lattiefilm

 

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

 

Thanks a lot for checking out Lattie and taking your time to ask me a few questions.

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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