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An Interview with Michael Matteo Rossi, Director of Misogynist

by Mike Haberfelner

January 2015

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Your new film Misogynist - in a few words, what is it about?

 

Misogynist is a character study of a sociopath who guides a naïve young man in the art of controlling women (ultimately for his own gain).

 

What were your inspirations for writing Misogynist?

 

I wanted to make a film that really challenged the norm and society’s notions of gender and how it is shown on screen. It is a film that raises questions about how gender is shown on screen and perceptions in real life as well.

 

How easy or hard was it for you to get into the part of Trevor and into his philosophy from a writer's perspective?

 

Trevor is one of the darkest characters I’ve ever written. I’m a very social person so I’ve met many people in my 27 years. Some good, some bad, some void of any moral grounds. You ultimately get influenced by the things you hear, see, experience and are able to incorporate some of that into your own writing.

 

You once described Misogynist as "the antidote to all the Fifty Shades of Grey-mania" - care to elaborate?

 

I really feel like Misogynist can be looked at as a very grungy real look into some men’s ideologies when it comes to women. Obviously these men are very disturbed and desensitized, but nonetheless, I approached this film in a very raw way with raw characters who are effected by this one sociopath’s actions.

 

How would you describe your directorial approach to your subject at hand?

 

I was well aware when we were in pre-production that this would be a touchy and sensitive subject matter to approach. I also knew I needed all the performances to be there because it is so character-driven so that was my main focal point.

 

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

 

The title character of Trevor was actually the most difficult to cast. He needed to have the right look, the right acting chops and the ability to go to a very dark place for this character to be believable. We went through 2 full days seeing nothing but Trevor auditions before I did more research and found Jon Briddell. After seeing his credits and reel, I called him in and literally within a few minutes of his audition, I knew he was it.

 

A few words about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?

 

As dark a film as this is; it was actually a very fun shoot. I had brought on the cinematographer I had worked with in the past and he brought on most of his trusted colleagues as crew. The cast gelled really well together and as cliché as it might sound, towards the end of the shoot we felt like one big family. Everybody worked together extremely well.

 

Do talk about audience and critical reception of your movie for a bit!

 

I’m again well aware that because of the subject matter, this film will rub some people the wrong way. I am also aware that there will be some people who are so quick to jump the gun that they will dismiss the film just based on the title and not even give it a chance to watch. When somebody sees the word “Misogynist”, a ton of negative connotations come up (rightfully so), but my film is an expose of PEOPLE, of CHARACTERS and a slice of life into who they are. It is not propagandist or intended to brainwash anybody.

 

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

 

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2803940/?ref_=nm_knf_t1

https://www.facebook.com/Misogynistmovie

https://twitter.com/misogynistmovie

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

© by Mike Haberfelner


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