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by Mike Haberfelner

October 2016

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Your new movie Bastard Son of a Thousand Fathers - in a few words, what is it about?

 

Bastard Son of a Thousand Fathers is a crime/action film about the drug business, its ugliness and potential rewards; the extremes people are willing to go to in order get ahead. It's also quite fun!

 

How did the project get off the ground in the first place, and what attracted you to it?

 

It was the second feature slated for production. The director/writer, Lanre Sarumi was a producer on our company's first feature, Critical Nexus. Once he introduced Bastard Son of a Thousand Fathers, it was like "Hell yeah!"

 

What were the challenges of getting the movie in the can from a producer's point of view? And how hands-on or hands-off are you as producer, actually?

 

One particular challenge related to the special fx in the film. We wanted to use as much practical ones as possible. It slowed us down a bit, but it worked out better overall. Realism is important at this budget level. I'm pretty hands-on as a producer - especially since I'm also a director... and a closet techie. I like getting my hands dirty.

 

You also play a lead role in Bastard Son of a Thousand Fathers - so what can you tell us about your character, and what did you draw upon to bring Rex to life?

 

I never saw Rex as a bad guy! He's a young man trying to get ahead, create a better life for himself. I left out judgment and gave in to the moments. I'm the youngest of 6 siblings, I know all about trying to figure it all out.

 

Tirf with Remoh Romeo

What can you tell us about the rest of your cast, and to what extent have you been involved in the casting process, even?

 

We had a pretty extensive casting process-pulling in people form Chicago's theater community and actors from previous projects. Chad Meyer headed it up, but all the producers had input.

 

What can you tell us about your director Lanre Sarumi, and what was your collaboration with him like?

 

I was the lead actor in Lanre's first directorial debut, Banana Leaves. So initially it was the director/actor dynamic we built on. However, after working on a couple other features together we found the way to play to each other's strengths. Lanre was pretty clear with his vision. I worked to help realize that both in front of and behind the camera.  

 

Do talk about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere!

 

The shoot was primarily hand-held! That made for lighting challenges during the more action based sequences. We had a dedicated crew though. Our DP Melissa Flores was a creative machine. I'm pretty sure she needed massages every day for a month after the shoot.

 

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

 

It premiered in Chicago 9/16. Select city screenings are scheduled for Los Angeles 10/2, New York 10/7 and will be available nationwide October 11 on Xfinity, Dish, iTunes and other major VOD platforms. Visit Bastardsonmovie.com for the latest.

 

Anything you can tell us about audience and critical reception of Bastard Son of a Thousand Fathers?

 

People have discovered how layered this film is! Lots of twists and also great comedy built in. Critical reception has been wonderful and I hope that continues:)

 

Any future projects you'd like to share?

 

We're working on a comedy set in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan! Script is nearing completion. Can't wait!

 

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

 

I have a BA in acting from Columbia College Chicago so that background has informed my directing/producing. The best film training is being on set and doing and doing while borrowing from the people around you. Of course, watching a ton of great films also helps.

 

What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to Bastard Son of a Thousand Fathers?

 

I dove into feature filmmaking with Critical Nexus, a thriller I directed about about young girl's pursuit of self-discovery and satisfaction that turned deadly. I got to work with over 50 actors for my first feature. A little nuts, but I loved it. It was a performance-driven piece. Kiley Moore, Karmann Bajuyo, and Ron Lipski were wonderful in it. Shortly after Critical Nexus, I found myself pouring my heart into the Lakay - a documentary about two brothers who return to Haiti to search for family after the devastating earthquake. That experience changed my life.

 

Do talk about your production company 4 Feature Film Company and the philosophy behind it!

 

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Filmmakers, actors, whoever else who inspire you?

 

I'm a big fan of Don Cheadle, Lionardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt. As for filmmakers, I love the actor/director types: Ron Howard, Rob Reiner, Mel Gibson. 

 

Your favourite movies?

 

Shawshank Redemption, Gladiator, LA Confidential, Memento.

 

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

 

I'll need a few more cups of coffee for that one....

 

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

 

Movie site: Bastardsonmovie.com

IG/Twitter: @Bastardsonmovie

Company sites: 4features.com and fb.com/4features

 

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

 

Yes! I have two fantastic kids: Aubrey (5) and Jalen (2) who have contributed to the permanently shaved status of my hair. And a stellar wife, Jessica (age need not be disclosed), who keeps my world intact. 

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

Please was mine!

 

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