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An Interview with Stephon Stewart, Director of Zugzwang

by Dale Pierce

September 2014

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First off, tell readers about yourself and your film background!

 

Well I didn't go to school for it. One day I decided to pick up a camera and start shooting anything and everything. I always feel like the best way to learn something is to do it yourself. Besides as a director you want to have your own influences because you discovered them yourself. That's what makes the journey so special. I live life and go to the movies, that was my schooling.

 

Tell us about the new release of Zugzwang?

 

It's still early. We've entered a few festivals and got in them which is a good sign. Still trying to find a domestic distributor. I'm hoping the right one will see the film sooner then later.

 

Many people having not yet seen it will ask specifically what is a "Zugzwang"?

 

Well it's a term used in chess. It's the term used before you get put into check mate. Basically you have to make a move even if you don't want to and when you make that move you're in a worse position than you already were previously. It's not a good place to be… Especially in a horror/thriller film.

 

Well, the title does catch your eye and ear, does this not?

 

I love the title. In a market where it's so competitive you have to find a way to separate yourself a little. Stand out from the crowd and be original. So far everybody has responded positive to it.  

 

Unlike many independent projects, you actually used some recognized actors in this film?

 

At the end of the day it's about the script. And when I was offering the roles to certain actors everybody responded to the material. It was edgy and a unique concept that has never been done before. And the actors I was going after wanted to take on the challenge of going into that dark place of a character.

 

From your end, what were they like to work with?

 

It was fantastic. Everybody was professional which means everything to me. Being able to direct actors that have worked with Christopher Nolan, The Coen Brothers, Ridley Scott, Oliver Stone and Steven Soderbergh was a great opportunity for me to be able to work with. After working with this cast you can see why those directors hired them. 

 

The production has been seen in some prominent film fests already?

 

Two so far. Action On Film International Film Festival and Shriekfest. We've won an award already, best dialogue. Which is great because it is a dialogue driven movie.

 

What was the reaction overall?

 

18-30 year olds loved it. It was fresh and not the same clique film you are used to seeing in this genre, that's what the audience told me afterwards.

 

You are also going to Screamfest in California?

 

Not Screamfest, but Shriekfest… I live in LA. So yes I will.

 

This fest has been around a long time and has really helped gain recognition for independent cinema. Do you find the prospects of having this aired there exciting?

 

It's a great opportunity and I'm very privileged to be a part of it. Getting in the festival is half of it. The other half is having the universe work in your favor and the right people show up and watch the film. But that is out of my hands. Shriekfest has been amazing so far with everything, there is a reason why they are the best horror film festival in the world.

 

Are there other fan fests or festivals in the works for this production?

 

There are a couple more were trying to get in. This film was tricky because you can't submit it everywhere because it's so dark. And some festivals don't like that quality.

 

Do you have web pages where people may find out more about this film, yourself or the company?

 

Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zugzwang/1468910323377185

 

What about orders? I assume it will be sold at festivals? What about elsewhere?

 

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There are certain distributors I know from selling my first film to Lionsgate. So I'm just circling around to them and showing them the film as well. We shall see how it all plays out. You never know with these things.

 

Future projects? 

 

To be continued. We'll see.

 

There is much more we could cover, but this is a short interview. Is there anything we missed that you would like to add?

 

We're good. I think we got the basic stuff out of the way. I tried keeping it short for you.  

 

Closing comments?

 

Watch Zugzwang if you come across it. LOL

 

Thanks for the Interview!

 

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