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An Interview with Nino Aldi, Director, and Andy Marlatt, Writer of Tribes

by Mike Haberfelner

January 2020

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Your new movie Tribes - in a few words, what is it about?


Nino Aldi: Hoodlums trying to rob people who "ain't like them" and find it difficult to do so.


Andy Marlatt: In the end, itís about categorization, how we differentiate between ourselves and others, for better and for worse. Oh, itís also about that in the middle, too.


So how did the project come together in the first place?


Nino: I reached out to a screenplay competition to read their award-winning scripts. Andy Marlatt's was by far the best for what we were looking for.


Andy: I got an email from Nino, who had heard about the script and wanted to read it. I could have ignored it Ė we didnít know each other - but címon, ĎNino Aldií is just too cool a name to ignore, so I sent it to him. After he read it, we talked on the phone, a couple times actually, about his vision; how he saw the script playing out on film. That was important to me. We both like dark comedy. Well, I was sold. I really loved the direction he wanted to take it.


Since Tribes is all about self-identity, I just have to ask, what do you (or would you like to) identify as?


Nino: A Human Being. A Filmmaker.


Andy: Haha well, gender identity is one of the few things we donít touch on in Tribes. I think on set I probably identified as the ĎOld Guy,í as in, ĎWhoís that old guy? Is that Ninoís father?í


Andy, what were your sources of inspiration when writing Tribes?


Andy: Iíve always found it ironic that the more connected the world becomes, the more ways we find to put distance between ourselves. We align with this group, but against that group. We identify with this subreddit, but not that one. With Tribes, I wanted to take that dilemma to its rational, and ridiculous, conclusion. So there werenít specific sources, per se. Maybe Ďhumans?í


Do talk about Tribes' brand of humour for a bit!


Andy: Itís satirical, certainly, as satire is my mattress. But Iím not sure I can answer this well. Maybe Nino could do it better.


Nino, what can you tell us about your directorial approach to your story at hand?


Nino: I wanted to play it straight, like a thriller, and let the comedy come from the writing and not the atmosphere or slapstick acting.


Do talk about Tribes' key cast, and why exactly these people?


Andy: I canít speak to casting in that I wasnít involved, but I can say, after the fact, that each of the leads (Jake Hunter [Jake Hunter interview - click here], Adam Waheed, DeStorm Power) made their characters better than what I had written, which is both rewarding and annoyingly humbling.


Nino: The three leads (DeStorm, Adam, and Jake) were cast not only on the comedic ability to play the roles, but also on their desire and ability to dive into the roles and take this project seriously. Additionally, they had great chemistry from the first read-through and were on board with my vision. Not much more you can ask for as a director.


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


Andy: It was frenetic in that it was filmed over a few days, and Nino did an amazing job keeping it moving and making sure he got the right shots. But Iíll tell you, having been on a few sets, one of the best things was the generosity exhibited by those three leads Ė Jake, Adam and DeStorm. They treated people with respect and kindness. I wrote a few lines on set for other characters essentially because they wanted to share some of the spotlight.


The $64-question of course, where can Tribes be seen?


Nino: Currently, it is on the festival circuit. However, we have offers for distribution and will eventually be on multiple V.O.D. platforms. I suggest following our Facebook page for more information as it comes.


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


Nino: So far it's been getting great reviews, which is humbling. Hopefully it can keep it up :)


Andy: Weíve had some nice reviews online so far, like at this one site called Search my Trash, but can you really trust what you read on the Internet? I donít know. :-)


Any future projects you'd like to share?


Nino: I am in the later part of development on my second feature film, Black Bouquet, which I co-wrote and will be directing. We are going out to cast in March, looking to film this fall.


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


Andy: Seriously, the mailbox post is about to fall over. I should have fixed it months ago.


Thanks for the interview!


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