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An Interview with Patrick Rodio, Writer of All American Bikini Car Wash

by Mike Haberfelner

August 2015

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Your new movie All American Bikini Car Wash - in a few words, what is it about?


Itís about Jack (a bit of a slacker), and his friends opening a bikini car wash. Jack's professor offers him a chance to save his grade by running the local car wash business he owns. But Jack gets in over his head when his friends talk him into turning the business into a bikini car wash!


To ask quite bluntly, why a bikini car wash - and to what extent were you actually influenced by late night "bikini"-whatever softcore flicks from yesteryear?


I wanted something with a fun atmosphere. Something irreverent, not too serious, but fun, witty and sexy. The car wash was born from that. Itís really more of a throwback to some of the great teen comedies of the 80s & 90s, more than a nod to softcore stuff. The actors also really elevated the script Ė the casting was perfect, and they all really brought a lot of depth to their characters.


(Other) sources of inspiration when writing All American Bikini Car Wash?


I was inspired by stuff like Risky Business, American Pie, Canít Hardly Wait, The Last American Virgin.


How did the project take off the ground in the first place?


I had written a script called Laid. Nimrod Zalmanowitz had discovered it and we were trying to get that off the ground, but it didnít work out at that time. But we enjoyed working on that, so we decided to try something else, and All American Bikini Car Wash was born!


What can you tell us about All American Bikini Car Wash's director Nimrod Zalmanowitz [Nimrod Zalmanowitz interview - click here], and what was your collaboration like?


He was pretty hands-on Ė it was a fun collaboration. Since he knew the locations pretty well, it helped shape the scenes and sequences ahead of time so it could be written to suit the locations (which from a production standpoint, helps cut down on time, etc). And he always pushed for strong characters, for both the male and female roles, which I think helped make the script stronger.


Were you at all involved in the actual shoot of the movie?


No. I had done a few last minute script additions (nothing structural, just fun stuff we added) so I worked on that a bit before the shoot. But if we do a sequel, Iíll be sure to be there on the first day!


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


From those who have seen it, Iíve honestly heard positive reviews. Considering the subject, I think some people were expecting more of a softcore movie, but are pleasantly surprised to watch a movie with an actual story with characters that are real, and that matter.


Patrick, doing some research (sans bikini)

Any future projects you'd like to share?


I have a few scripts out that are being considered. The Accidents and Mid Life are two that have been getting quite a few requests. Also, my horror comedy, Headshot, is being developed by Jittery Monkeys. Furthermore, Iím working with Nimrod on another project, a sci-fi adventure.


What got you into screenwriting in the first place, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?


I had gone to Temple University with Journalism on my mind, but after taking a screenwriting class, I fell in love and didnít look back. I graduated with a Film & Media Arts degree.


What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to All American Bikini Car Wash?


After graduating from Temple University, I dove right in. I produced and directed some shorts (including The Family Dog (which won some awards at some festivals) and The Disintegration Of A Boy Band) and three features (Stain, Better Days, and West River Drive).


How would you describe yourself as a writer, and do tell us what the typical writing process is like with you?


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A lot of the stuff Iíve been writing recently is filled with family dysfunction, which I was born into, so thereís no surprise there. But I lean toward comedy. The first time I tried horror I ended up adding some comedic stuff to it, so it ended up as a horror/comedy hybrid.


My process is pretty simple. If I find an idea Iím inspired by Iíll outline it and make sure itís fleshed out before getting too deep. But I find if Iím driving with the music on, and whole scenes & dialogue pop into my head out of nowhere Ė then I know Iím onto something good.


Writers, filmmakers, whoever else who inspire you?


Big fan of the Coen Brothers, Peter Weir, Steven Spielberg, Richard Linklater, Shane Black, Wes Anderson.


Your favourite movies?


Gallipoli, Manhattan, The Shawshank Redemption, Jaws, Royal Tennenbaums, Raising Arizona, Saving Private Ryan, The Breakfast Club, Children Of Men, Dead Poets Society, Pulp Fiction, Before Sunrise, Field Of Dreams, Glory.


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


Mac & Me.


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


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


Give All American Bikini Car Wash a shot! Not only did we pack it full of cool cars and pretty people, but we have a fun story that a lot of folks can actually be related to Ė so have a blast!


Thanks for the interview!


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