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An Interview with Lou Simon, Director of All Girls Weekend

by Mike Haberfelner

June 2016

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Your new movie All Girls Weekend - in a few words, what is it about?

 

Itís about five childhood friends who have fallen out of touch and decide to rekindle their friendship during a weekend in the mountains. Theyíre there to do adventurous stuff like zip lining, so they decide to go hiking and get lost. Itís the middle of winter, and they donít have any food or water, but thatís nothing compared to the force that is determined to keep them from leaving.

 

Is any of the movie based on personal experience - in other words, did you ever get lost in the woods quite as badly (well, hopefully not quite quite as badly) as the girls in All Girls Weekend did?

 

I hiked down the Grand Canyon a while back. We had underestimated how much food we should bring. You burn a thousand calories per hour hiking back up from the bottom. We ran out of food, and I barely made it out. When we got to the top, my body went into shock and I woke up in the rangerís station. Good times.

 

Other sources of inspiration when writing All Girls Weekend?

 

My love for the outdoors is the main inspiration. I wanted to make a film that paid tribute to nature and emphasize our need to respect our planet. It breaks my heart what humanity is doing to our environment and what weíre leaving behind for future generations

 

Of the five girls in All Girls Weekend, who do you identify with the most actually, and who with the least? And why?

 

Iím probably most like Nancy, who talks all tough but is actually a big softie inside.

 

What can you tell us about your movie's approach to horror (as in suspense vs sudden shocks, atmosphere vs all-out gore and the like)?

 

It is definitely meant to be suspenseful, not scary. Itís not about jump scares, and itís not a man with an axe in the woods. Itís different, and people will either love it or hate it for that fact.

 

Do talk about your overall directorial approach to your story at hand?

 

I always say that I want to be more like Hitchcock than Carpenter. There are a lot of people making horror, and itís a hard genre in which to do something different. Itís more about telling a story with horrific elements that hopefully has a premise that the audience wants to see.

 

What can you tell us about your key cast, and why exactly these people?

 

It was originally written for specific actresses I knew, but for various reasons they were unavailable and the only one that did play the role meant for her was Gema Calero [Gema Calero interview - click here]. The other girls auditioned, and they were the best actress for each role.

 

back row: Karishma Lakhani, Sharron Calvin, Katie Carpenter, Jamie Bernadette, Gema Calero

middle: Todd Voorhees

front row: Alan Hanna, Lou, Jeff Bourdett

With All Girls Weekend being an outdoors movie, you just have to talk about your great locations, and what were the challenges filming there, especially in what looked like rather cold conditions? And would you describe yourself as an outdoorsy type of person?

 

You try to make a film to honor mother nature, and she repays you with the coldest weather of the season and snow. We made the snow work for the end of the film, but that meant a lot of cleaning up of the ground for the earlier scenes. Otherwise, it would have messed up the continuity of the film. I love the end product though.

 

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

 

It was the smallest crew Iíve worked with, but it was the best crew. Everyone was so helpful and diligent. They also made great extras for the picture that the girls find in the cabin.

 

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

 

The film will be available on VOD on July 12th. The DVD will be released in the fall.

 

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

 

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So far the reviews have been great. Iím glad that reviewers get what I was trying to do. I was very nervous that they would decry ďthis isnít horrorĒ and trash it. Iím sure some people will feel that way, but so far so good.

 

Any future projects you'd like to share?

 

We start principal photography on 3 in July. Itís the complete opposite of this one -- very gritty and violent. Itís a psychological thriller about a man who is kidnapped and tortured in order to force him to confess to a rape that he may, or may not, have committed.

 

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

 

www.facebook.com/allgirlsweekend

www.twitter.com/allgirlsweekend

@allgirlsweekend2015 on Instagram

@allgirlsweekend on Snapchat

 

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

 

Iím just very thankful to everyone who was part of this film, and all the support weíve been getting from the indie community.

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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