Your new movie Cold
Blows the Wind - in a few words, what is it about?
When a married couple hits a jogger while driving, they think their night
can't get any worse. But after heading to a remote location to bury
the body, they realize their nightmare has just begun.
What were your sources of inspiration when writing Cold
Blows the Wind?
Late night movies from the 80's and 90's. The stuff that would come on HBO
and Showtime after midnight.
What can you tell us about your movie's approach to horror?
an old school approach. Full of practical effects and gross-out
gags. When I say old school appraoch, I'm not just talking about VHS
filters and retro fonts. It's baked in the DNA of this flick.
talk about your directorial approach to your story at hand?
wanted to re-create that feeling of watching something you're not
sure you should be watching. Remember the first time you saw movies
like Eraserhead or Evil
Dead? They felt like they came from another
planet. That's what we're going for with this film. This definitely
ain't one of those Conjuring movies with the big budget.
have produced Cold
Blows the Wind together with your leading lady Victoria Vertuga [Victoria Vertuga
interview - click here] - so what was your collaboration like?
done quite a few projects together so we have a bit of a shorthand
when it comes to our communication on set. It's really nice to be
able to communicate with only a glance. Lol.
Blows the Wind wasn't the first time you've worked with Victoria
Vertuga - so do talk about your previous projects
together, and how did you first meet even?
The first thing we worked on was a short that I was making called The
Lady Bruins Christmas Slumber Party. After that, I reached out to
her to see if she wanted to collaborate on some other projects.
We've been working together for years. We did some shorts, a web
series called Disgraced, and a found footage film called
Back to Cold
Blows the Wind: What can you tell us about your movie's cast, and
why exactly these people?
cast was small but amazing! It was a lot of fun working with such a
talented and dedicated group of people. We were lucky enough to
bring Jamie Bernadette [Jamie
Bernadette interview - click here] and Torrey B. Lawrence on board. Both of
them are incredible in the film. But on top of that, they're both
really great people and super easy to work with. They were game for
all the craziness. It was so much fun. I can't thank them enough for
coming on board.
You also have to talk about the movie's main
location for a bit, and what was it like filming there?
It was cold. Lol. The entire movie takes place in one night, so it was 17 nights of
shooting. Like most films, there's always craziness that happens,
but the homeowner was amazing and the location was incredible. It
was a great experience with lots of insane moments. A cat got stuck
in the grip truck, there was rain, you name it. Good times.
few words about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?
was great. When you're shooting something like this, it's really
important to have people on board who understand that not everything
is going to go according to plan. This isn't as romantic as a lot of
people think. There's a lot of problem solving that goes with it.
You have to keep your cool and talk it out. Luckily, or cast and
crew were always ready to dive in and problem-solve.
$64-question of course, where can Cold
Blows the Wind be seen?
just wrapped up our festival run and we're about to take our film
direct to the people! We're about to start building out the website
so folks can rent it with no gatekeepers or barriers. We're
attacking it in a truly grassroots fashion!
Anything you can tell us
about audience and critical reception of Cold
Blows the Wind yet?
film has been nominated for about 11 or 12 awards. We've won 5 I
believe. We've won Judge's Choice, the Audience Award, Best
Cinematography, Best Writing, and Best Directing. So far the
response has been incredible. It's been a bit overwhelming to see
the love and support for our little film. I can't wait for more
people to see it!
Any future projects you'd
like to share?
just published my first book! It's a horror book called The Dead Ate
Cheese. Other than that, the focus has really been on taking Cold
Blows the Wind out to the masses! Keep an eye out for it!
What got you into filmmaking in the first
place, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?
I've always loved films. In college I took some screenwriting classes,
but everything else I've learned by getting on set and making stuff.
can you tell us about your filmwork prior to Cold
Blows the Wind?
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made a lot of shorts, and a few features. My biggest stuff prior to
this was a film that I wrote and produced called The 8th Plague, and
another one I produced was called Carver. They were in Hollywood
Videos and Blockbusters if you can remember that far back. Lol.
How would you describe yourself as a director?
gravitate towards dark material with an even darker sense of humor.
who inspire you?
David Lynch, John Carpenter, Sam Raimi.
Your favourite movies?
Eraserhead, Dead Alive.
and of course, films you really deplore?
of Death. Everyone think that I love those movies because I make
horror movies. They just aren't my jam.
Your/your movie's website, social media,
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I have merely forgotten to ask?
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