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An Interview with Steve Lifshey, Director of Static Cling

by Mike Haberfelner

June 2024

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Your new movie Static Cling - in a few words, what's it about?

 

While attempting a love connection, an obnoxious guy gets trapped inside his own coat at a laundromat. 

 

Basic question, why a laundromat? And is your movie in any way based on personal laundromat adventures or observations?

 

Yes, I really did get trapped in my own coat at a laundromat. While trying to remove it, the zipper became stuck. My efforts to free myself only made things worse, leaving my arms caught inside as if in a straitjacket. I had no choice but to seek help from fellow patrons—some concerned, most amused—but every attempt failed.

 

In addition to this real event, a laundromat is one of those unique public places where strangers gather and interact freely. So it made sense to me story-wise as well.

 

(Other) sources of inspiration when writing Static Cling?

 

While I was struggling with my coat, a strange bearded man in the laundromat stood transfixed, staring into a vending machine for a surreal amount of time, apparently oblivious to my chaos. This inspired Timothy J. Cox’s character Vic Vending [Timothy J. Cox interview - click here].

 

Do talk about Static Cling's approach to comedy!

 

I wanted Static Cling to feel like a live-action slapstick cartoon—fast-paced and action-oriented, with likable characters and plenty of dry humor as well.

 

A few words about your overall directorial approach to your story at hand?

 

In directing this story, I focused on orchestrating the dynamic action within the laundromat, which involved 22 actors over three evenings. Extensive pre-production with maps, diagrams, and storyboarding was key to managing the complexity. I used a progression from static shots to handheld, and then to Steadicam to reflect the story’s flow. I also aimed for bright, colorful visuals to contrast with the typical no-frills laundromat look, hoping to enhance the film’s lively, slapstick cartoon feel.

 

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

 

Several actors from my last film Life on Pause were cast because of their proven chemistry and performance. BJ Gruber (Kyle) and Jackie McCarthy (Sally) had worked well together before, and BJ’s fitness experience suited the physical demands of his role. Other actors were chosen based on their great performances in productions by a frequent collaborator, Nora K.

 

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

 

The laundromat itself is almost a character in the film. We found the perfect spot in Brooklyn, NY, with enough space for all our needs. Filming took place over three consecutive nights from 10 pm to 6 am. Despite the crazy hours and the temperature being on the chilly side, it worked out perfectly!

 

Do talk about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere!

 

The on-set atmosphere was wonderful. Many cast and crew members already knew each other, and several new friendships formed. Everyone stayed positive throughout the late-night shoots, and this vibe is reflected in the film.

 

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

 

The film is currently being submitted to festivals. Screening details will be posted on the Instagram and Facebook pages @StaticClingFilm. I’m also exploring indie streaming platforms. Interested viewers can request a link via our social media pages.

 

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

 

So far, only cast, crew, a few interested colleagues and reviewers (such as yourself) have seen the film, but the response has been overwhelmingly positive.

 

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I’m working on a feature-length version of Life on Pause, which will be a Czech/American co-production.

 

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

 

Follow StaticClingFilm on Instagram and Facebook.

 

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

 

Thanks so much for reviewing the film and chatting with me about it!

 

Thanks for the interview!

 

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