Your new movie The Last Stop
- in a few words, what is it about?
Basically think psychological thriller movies. Think Martin Scorsese films. Like
Island, etc. The Last Stop
in the same style is a film about a family going on
vacation to New Hampshire like they do every year or so. Only this time, Jake
Finke has lost his wife and daughter at a rest stop - or so we think...
With The Last Stop
being a psychological thriller, is this a genre at all dear to you, and some of
your genre favourites?
My wheelhouse of films have seem to be
psychological thriller and horror, historic fiction, etc. Yes, psychological
thrillers seem to be my favorite type of genre.
(Other) sources of inspiration when writing The
Definitely inspired by movies such as Shutter
Island by Martin Scorsese.
To what extent could you actually
identify with The Last Stop's
Jake's fate, whose sense of reality seems to have been pulled out from
right under his feet?
I would say when watching sometimes people with
serious issues can be taken advantage of — we see this in this film and as
watchers feel sorry at first with Jake's condition, but it’s not what it
Do talk about The
Last Stop's approach to the thriller genre!
writing? I like twists. When making films, I always like putting twists in
films. I don’t like one-directional films and always like putting some
unexpected twists in the films I make.
few words about your overall directorial approach to your story at hand?
I would say my overall goal is to
see my pages I wrote come to life. When one’s creative vision is portrayed
in front of you— there is nothing more rewarding. This movie definitely has
some twists and surprises.
can you tell us about The Last
Stop's cast, and why exactly these people?
Our cast is all East Coast talent. The
Martin Monasterski is from Connecticut and plays Jake Finke. With great
actors in this such as Mario Carneiro, who played Detective Rinaldi which had
the most dialogue in the film. I’ve been working with Mario since 2020, and
he fit into the detective role very naturally. Jeffrey Rossman played the role
of Doctor Elliot Shepard and perfected the creepy character with ease. Also
with supporting talent such as Ginger O’Toole, who was recently in Netflix
docuseries Madoff: The Monster of Wall Street. Also in the film playing
Detective Miller is Joe Larsen, an actor from New York. Playing the wife and
daughter are Kayla Kohla and Abigail Friend, also from the East Coast. Mark
Wither is a local actor and production manager from Connecticut who portrayed
Detective Davis. The police officers are local actors from Massachusetts and
Connecticut played by Ryan Drago and Rod Norwood. The SUV police cruiser was
sourced from Rhode Island and brought to Connecticut to film. We also
appreciate the Plymouth Police Department for lending us the undercover cop
car appearing in the film.
talk about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?
This particular film we shot in November of 2022 and one scene at
the end of October 2022. Filming was done in Connecticut and Rhode Island. The
cast and crew meshed well and there was a cohesive energy on set — "it’s
Miller time" was a line we used as humor when relating to Detective Miller and
when drinking Miller beer.
you can tell us about audience and critical reception of The
I would say if you like films with twists
then watch this film. As the film progresses some secrets come out about the
doctor and other police detectives. Sometimes what is led to believe isn’t
what is seems. My favorite quote from the film Swordfish is such —
"Misdirection. What the eyes see, the ears hear, the mind believes."
Any future projects you'd like to
Feeling lucky ?
any of my partnershops yourself
for more, better results ?
The links below
will take you
Hawk Studios was just
contracted to help film a SAG project directed by George Zouvelos
titled Once A Week For Life by Fiat Lux Studios, with celeb actors such as John Fiore (Sopranos) and Dan Roebuck (Rob
The Munsters). We are also working on two new films a feature and a
short in pre-production.
Your/your movie's website, social media, whatever
Find us at www.mcgeeproductions.us,
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Anything else you're dying to mention and I have
merely forgotten to ask?
I would say any challenges when filming? I would say,
yes we did. During second day of shoot we sourced a drone to do some aerial
shots and it was windy and rainy. Luckily enough it stopped and we got our
Thanks for the interview!