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An Interview with David Axe, Director of Acorn

by Mike Haberfelner

October 2023

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


In Acorn, a dying genre filmmaker gets one last chance to make a movie. It goes Ö badly.


What were your sources of inspiration when writing Acorn, and is any of this based on personal experiences?


Acorn grew out of this idea I couldnít shake. That idea, weirdly enough, is a man-eating tree. From that seed, the movie grew up and through my own experiences making tiny movies. And also through my fatherís death from brain cancer a few years back.


To put the last question somewhat on its head, as a filmmaker, to what degree could you identify with Chloe and the hardships she's going through to make her movie?


I identify with them 100 percent, because theyíre my own struggles. Making any movie is hard. Making a small movie when time is short and your soul is on the line Ö well, thatís even harder.


Since the film-within-the-film is a horror western, are these genres especially dear to you?


I imagine every director has a western in them, yeehawing to get out. Westerns are almost always bad ideas, as filmmakers love them more than audiences do. But Iíve never really given a damn about my audience, so whatís stopping me? I sweetened the Western elements with a thick dollop of horror, which of course I also love, and which should make the dust and grime go down easier.


Do talk about your overall directorial approach to your story at hand!


We shot Acorn in a total fugue state with only our ignorance and naiveteóand our investorsí moneyóto propel us. We shot fast, with a crew that was entirely too small, in a small town in Georgia that wasnít ready for us. We shot and shot and shot, and I didnít worry about the edit until I actually sat down to start cutting. Thatís when I had to make the hard choices.


What can you tell us about Acorn's cast, and why exactly these people?


Acornís cast mostly is my regular company, folks Iíve been making movies with for nearly a decade and who I can trust. We cast just a few new peopleóand gambled that they could catch up with our strange process, substance-abuse and bad attitudes.


You of course also have to talk about your main location, and what was it like filming there?


We shot in and around Warrenton, Georgia. Itís a slowly dying old mill town with plenty of empty buildings but no lodging and just one restaurant. For our Western setting, our location manager Brendan Thompson did some voodoo and secured us a rich Atlanta lawyerís hunting lodge.


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


If there was major drama, my assistant director Cleve Langdale protected me from it. We fired just one person, which isnít bad. All that is to say, it went as smoothly as a massive, multi-genre, microbudget fantasy-horror-western meta-biopic can go.


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


Acorn drops on VOD and Blu-ray from BayView Entertainment in November.


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


Beats the Hell out of me. Like it or donít, I donít mind. Because I like it, and my co-leading lady Caylin Sams likes it, and my girlfriend likes it. Thatís enough for me.


The making of Acorn is featured in the documentary Create or Die - so what can you tell us about that movie?


Acorn is a movie about filmmakers making a movie about a movie thatís about themselves. Create or Die is a documentary about that movie. Time is a flat circle.


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Weíre editing a horror-comedy-drama called Left One Alive. And weíre currently shooting an action-drama called Stuntgirl.


Your/your movie's website, social media, whatever else?


Find me on Facebook as David Axe. Look for me on Twitter as @daxe.


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


Make weird movies. Watch weird movies.


Thanks for the interview!


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written by
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