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An Interview with Zach Green, Producer of Familiar

by Mike Haberfelner

April 2012

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


It's rather hard to give an in depth synopsis without giving too much of the story away, but essentially it's about a family man, and we see through a series of tragic events how this middle-aged man grows to suspect the negative impulses plaguing his mind may not be his own.


How did the project come into being in the first place?


When it was time to produce our next movie myself and Richard Powell [Richard Powell interview - click here] started to think and brainstorm ideas for our next short film. Richard had came up with this idea for Familiar, and the rest is really history.


Familiar tackles a very similar topic to your previous short Worm (though to vastly different results). What convinced you it would be a good idea to pick up the subject once more?


These films that Richard writes are about actual, real characters that do live in this world, some of them you've already heard about on the news and some you haven't heard of yet and who knows maybe you won't ever hear about them - SCARY. So when Richard is creating these characters, and they are in everyday scenarios, we put ourselves in their shoes - What would they be thinking? What would they say? - and try and become these characters Richard creates.


What can you tell us about your collaboration with Familiar's director Richard Powell [Richard Powell interview - click here], and how has your professional relationship evolved/changed over the years? And what can you tell us about recent developments at Fatal Pictures, the company you run together?


My collaboration with Richard Powell only gets better as the days pass. Whether we are on set or on the phone shooting around ideas for our next project. I would definitely say things genuinely get better and stronger and we work better as a team as time passes, because we are essentially getting to know one another THAT much more. What he lacks I bring to the table and vice versa - which I feel is extremely important. We met in film school ... WOW, 10 years ago now in 2002. We created our production company in 2007. Our most recent film entitled Familiar (2012) just had its WORLD PREMIERE March 2nd in Toronto via Fangoria's Fright Nights - Familiar screened before the very controversial Japanese film Battle Royale. And is currently on the film festival circuit.


Connected to the last question: What kind of a producer do you consider yourself to be, one who reserves himself the right to overrule certain aesthetic decisions or one who hires only people he knows he can trust infinitely?


I would say maybe a little bit of both, being independent at this time I sometimes have to wear multiple hats, and I can usually trust myself infinitely.


Familiar also involves quite a few special effects. To what extent was that a challenge for you as a producer?


Well, being a body horror type film, lots of blood and effects were needed. I knew that was an extremely important element to the film. Over the years of making films I've built a great relationship with an effects company based out of Toronto entitled The Butcher Shop. Who I had worked with on a few films in the past. So luckily it wasn't much of a challenge, but only because I had already built a great rapport working with a great effects company in the past.


As far as I know, Familiar has thus far played only a handful of occasions. Where has it played, where is it going to play in the foreseeable future, and what can you tell us about audience and critical reception so far?


The film opened in Toronto via Fangoria's Fright Nights, on March 2nd. The film screened before the very controversial Japanese Film Battle Royale (the Directors Cut). It had a wonderful response in the theater and afterwards in the lobby people responded really really well, I couldn't really have asked for better. The film than played A Night Of Horror in Australia and the next screening will be in Chicago April 14th via ChicagoFearFest - and please check out for all upcoming screenings near you !


The $64 question of course: Is there a DVD-release of Familiar on the horizon to introduce the movie to a larger audience?


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The film is currently on the film festival circuit, and I would imagine after its run I will make it available to everyone, most likely on the web.


The last time we talked [click here], you mentioned there might be a feature version of your previous short Worm in the works some day soon. Is that still on the radar?


Yes. The Worm-feature will be Fatal Pictures' debut feature film.


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Thanks for the interview!


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