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An Interview with Elizabeth Rath, Star of Quartz Vein

by Mike Haberfelner

August 2021

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Vampires, gold, and the pursuit of survival. I play Stealthia, double-edged lordress of the night, left hand to Quartz Vein's main villain, Gargoya. Dez, innocent but not naive rightful princess of Utocha, desperately trying to escape Gargoya's grimey grasp. And Rebello, clumsy oaf of an assistant to the high maintenance and ever demanding Flonz Flinston, who's on the verge of making the deal of an eternal lifetime.

 

What did you actually draw upon to bring your characters to life, and as an actress, how confusing is it to play different characters in the same story?

 

Each character is just a manifestation of how I envision them through the writing of Masters [Jared Masters interview - click here]. I draw upon my own imagination to bring the characters to spawn based on the personality I imagine each to have. I also think about characters throughout cinematic history who exhibit similar traits as the characters I am playing and how I can stitch all of these influences together into one person. It's not too confusing to play different characters in the same film, especially if each is their uniquely own person. Stealthia is such a different character compared to Rebello as compared to Dez. Their distinct personalities is what helps separate them mentally for me.

 

How did you get involved with the project in the first place?

 


I had been intrigued by director Jared Masters for a while after a friend showed me two of his films, Slink and Amethyst. We met by a chance encounter in Hollywood, and the rest is history. From then on out we have been constantly bouncing ideas off of each other and working as a dynamic filmmaking duo, each with our own set of strengths and skills. Masters had been talking about the concept of Quartz Vein for a while, and when he asked me to help him make it come to digital life, it was a definite yes for me.

 

With Quartz Vein being a post doomsday movie, is that a genre you can at all relate to?

 

Before 2019, probably not, but now it seems that anything is possible. I can see society and the government collapsing as we know it. But I can also optimistically see us turning the current state of humanity around if we all work together. It's fun to fantasize about how one would survive dire post apocalyptic scenarios and to imagine oneself as the survivor, the hero, the damsel in distress, the supervillain.

 

What can you tell us about Quartz Vein's director Jared Masters [Jared Masters interview - click here], and what was your collaboration like?

 

Masters is always great to work with, personable but knows how to get business done. He is very open to suggestions and is extremely adaptable, which can be especially challenging when working on location in real conditions and natural lighting. Things can change at any moment, and he knows how to handle anything that comes his way while remaining calm, cool, and collected.

 

What can you tell us about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?

 

It was very interesting to shoot during a lockdown mandate. At first it seemed like it would almost be too difficult and dangerous to film a feature during such. Then we realized that the constraints were actually liberating. It meant we had to shoot with very little crew and actors. Everything had to be doable by just the two of us, and it made decision-making easier within these constraints.

 

Any future projects you'd like to share?

 

Masters and I just wrapped principal filming for his next feature, Roller Junkies! It features two rival beach skate gangs at each other's throats, fighting for their territories. Mystery shrouds the death of one of the gang's newest recruits, an innocent frozen yogurt loving girl from never-heard-of-it, USA who just moved to Hollywood, CA to find her way.

 

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

 

My background is actually in modeling, but a few years ago, while I was still living in Wisconsin, local filmmaker Grace Mitchell reached out to me. I was in a few of her short films before moving out here to California. I was not originally intending on becoming an actress, I was more interested in modeling since that is what my training is in. Masters [Jared Masters interview - click here] encouraged me to give acting a go again and so here we are. Acting and modeling are both very similar in ways. Suddenly the static becomes the dynamic, like a photo in full 360° come to life. It's been a truly amazing experience thus far.

 

What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to Quartz Vein?

 

I attended a visual arts college, The Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, where I created a number of videos mostly of performative or experimental nature. Quartz Vein is the first feature film I have worked on so I don't have much formal experience prior to Quartz Vein, but I hope this is just the beginning.

 

How would you describe yourself as an actress, and some of your techniques to bring your characters to life?

 

I would describe my acting self as someone who is really trying to inhabit the space of each character's mental and physical realm. I try to leave my personal self in holding. As far as techniques go, I just be it, whatever it may be.

 

Actresses (and indeed actors) who inspire you?

 

Miranda July. She's a a multi-versed performance artist who makes her visions happen. I really enjoy the poetic realness of her work, when she moves, you move. We're both interested in dance and movement as a way of communication and the subtleties of body language and lack of.

 

Your favourite movies?

 

You and Me and Everyone We Know, The Color of Pomegranates, Paris is Burning, Castle in the Sky, But I'm a Cheerleader, Liquid Sky, Tangerine, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Edward Scissorhands, Hands on a Hard Body.

 

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Any recent mainstream high budget superhero action movie and anything that heavily uses CGI. So things like the new Spider-Man, Wonder Woman, and The Avengers just don't provide anything of value to my being. (I do like the very campy and classic 60's Batman TV series though!)

 

Your website, social media, whatever else?

 

You can find me on Instagram, my username is superrr_great  

 

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

 

Buy 8 Reel of Sewage (a Jared Masters classic), and thank you so much for your interview!

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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