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An Interview with Kyle Downs, Producer of God Forgive Us

by Mike Haberfelner

January 2015

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Your new movie God Forgive Us - in a few words, what is it about?

 

God Forgive Us is a story of struggle between four characters who have are constantly in a battle against their own personal issues.

 

How did the project fall together in the first place?

 

Michael and I have been working together since 2011, shooting various projects together. When it came time to figure out what our next project would be, I filed through Michael's collection of scripts and found God Forgive Us the most appealing. We self-funded the project instead of going the fund-raising route.

 

As far as I know, God Forgive Us started existence as a short film - how come it was extended into a feature during production?

 

We shot God Forgive Us with the classic script rules '1 page = 1 minute on screen' - however the style in which the director told the story was at a much slower pace. The style of direction caused the short film to more than double on screen. We had a 60 minute short film on our hands, and no film festival is going to look at that.

 

What can you tell us about the movie's director Michael Bachochin [Michael Bachochin interview - click here], and what was your collaboration like? And how did you two first meet even?

 

Michael and I met at Columbia College Chicago back in 2011, we were roommates at the time. I was in school to produce music and film score, he was in for directing. I began doing location audio on his projects and merged into aiding him in production. Turned out I really had a knack for it. Michael and I mesh very well creatively, we carry a lot of the same visual inspiration in our projects and have a love for the dark and gritty projects with a spice of social commentary added in.

 

To what extent were you involved with the more creative aspects of making God Forgive Us, e.g. casting and the like?

 

I had a large part in casting, along with Michael and his mother Regina. Michael and I were debating the style from the beginning up to principal production, but for the most part we were on the same page. He knew what he wanted from the beginning and I was willing to trust him with everything he wanted with creativity.

 

What were the main challenges on the production side of God Forgive Us?

 

We had many challenges, but weather was by far the largest. We shot from November to March in Wisconsin. Mid-West winters are the worst, and you see every inch of it on screen (see: Cop Car Scene). Every day a record broke for the freezing temperatures, we were outside filming. Most likely late at night. Our cast + crew stuck with us to the end and I can't thank them enough for it. It still amazes me to this day that God Forgive Us was even finished. We also had an incident where our power surge wiped every inch of information off of our hard drive, but we were lucky enough to have a company fish out the information for us over a few weeks. That drove me crazy.

 

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

 

A lot of our cast + crew were people we'd previously worked with, so on day 1 there wasn't an awkward shake of hands around the entire set. We showed up and got to work. Over the next few months a lot of relationships grew and showing up on set became just another day of hanging out, which helps to ease the stress that comes with making an independent feature film.

 

at the God Forgive Us-premiere

Any future projects you'd like to share?

 

We (at this time) don't have anything to announce, but we are currently negotiating our next feature with a few studios and preparing to shoot a music video that I'm extremely excited to put together.

 

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

 

I received no formal training. Michael talked me into trying to help him out on his short films. Not long after I began to test the waters I was reading numerous books and studying films attempting to put together everything a producer does. I was intrigued by the job, and it's the perfect balance between creativity and business for me.

 

What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to God Forgive Us?

 

I've produced numerous short films and music videos, but God Forgive Us was my debut feature film and I'm glad it is.

 

A few words about your production company Kingdom Entertainment Chicago, and how was it conceived?

 

Michael and I wanted to put our projects under a company name to build a resume. At the time we were also shooting commercials and music videos to helps raise funds for our main goal (feature films). We used this name to represent us as a business entity, but now it's become our feature film production house.

 

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Your favourite movies?

 

Drive, Fight Club, Gran Torino, Prisoners.

 

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

 

Off the top of my head I can't say one specific film. However I have grown tired of the 'typical war films' I've been seeing the last few years. I mostly blame the perfection of Saving Private Ryan on it. No war movie has garnered my attention since I saw that film, most war films to me contain the same drama and have a predictable ending. Not my cup of tea.

 

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

 

GodForgiveUsFilm.com

Facebook.com/GodForgiveUsFilm

 

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

 

Nope! Thanks again!

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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