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An Interview with Tony K. Hall, Director of Lonesome

by Mike Haberfelner

February 2023

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


Lonesome is about that search for the ‘one’ and all of the mental gymnastics and different psychological tests you put yourself through while you are on that search.


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


Lonesome isn’t really about any personal experiences but I wanted to convey a movie about how the person that you are searching for can literally be right under your nose! The places you visit, the restaurants you enjoy, and the watering holes you socialize at are all places that very much affect and make up the person that you are. So, when you are searching for that important person that can be your match, a person who enjoys your own corner of the city can very well be the person that is meant to be your match.


You chose to shoot Lonesome in black and white - now why is that?


I chose to shoot Lonesome in black and white because I wanted to demonstrate myself as an artistically minded director. The production of Lonesome was also modeled in certain aspects in the way that Jean-Luc Godard made Breathless and Kevin Smith made Clerks. Since these were such inspirations, I wanted my first feature to be in black and white.


What can you tell us about your overall directorial approach to your story at hand?


The directorial approach was based on many different film theories that I have developed. I wanted the film to have a loose feel and allow the actors to have fun in their roles. I wanted to give them leeway in being able to improv, while still sticking to a very specific setting and story. I wanted the lines to feel like everyday talk, an almost mumblecore feel. I wanted the acting to have a very physical presence, and have a silent film style – as this film was going to be a modern day juxtaposition to different eras in film. I wanted to shoot with the camera mainly being handleheld and shooting in natural lighting without any manipulation to the light around us. I thought that would give the film a fly on the wall, almost documentary type feel, despite this being a scripted narrative. I also wanted the film to be able to artistically find itself while it took its own journey on the film making process – to just be loose with where things would take us. I also very much wanted this film to be a new wave film and focused on how French new wave films were known for their reflexive self conscious art form, and impulsive storytelling.


Do talk about Lonesome's key cast, and why exactly these people?


Lonesome’s casting was very much a mixed bag. It takes years to prepare for finally being able to make your first feature, and you try to ally yourself with as many talented people and artists in your area. Several members of the cast I had known prior to even venturing into filmmaking and had been friends and colleagues with prior – like Amber DeRuyter and David D. Vargas. Others, were friends I had made when I had first started helping others make films and breaking into filmmaking, being on other projects and sets – like Eric Halverson, Carolyn Lyons, and Benjamin Koenigs. Many were cast as part of an open casting call which was the case for the lead Zach McLain and top billed Alexa Peseri. The casting call was clear that this film was being modeled on a silent film style and the acting would need to have a very physical presence – so having stage experience in some capacity was favored. I couldn’t be happier with ALL of the performances. The leads Zach McLain and Amber DeRuyter nailed the spirit of the film. All others that were top billed and cameos also completely understood the feel we were going for. I can’t give enough thanks to those in front of the camera. Agreeing to do a film influenced by silent film isn’t necessarily something that is going to attract a lot of players.


You of course have to talk about the town you shot your film in, Milwaukie, for a bit, and what was it like filming there? And did you write the movie with specific Milwaukie locations on your mind from the get-go?


Milwaukee is my hometown and I feel it has a lot of hidden romanticism about it. Lonesome is very much an every-person and kitchen sink story that can take place anywhere. However, Milwaukee had everything that I needed to craft this story. First, is that Lonesome is a low budget film, so I had to be able to make film that was near and around where I live. I crafted a story that would mostly take place at the beach, and inside the main character’s apartment. After I figured the story was going to heavily rely on missed connections, it was easy to choose which of the city’s landmarks I could throw in. Milwaukee is a big city, but also has this very small town dichotomy. Usually when you meet someone new, you will find that you know several people in common. One of Milwaukee’s nicknames is ‘Small-waukee’ so the city perfectly fit the story of two prospective lovers quite literally continually missing each other.


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


Gosh, this is a tough question. I would like to think that we all had a blast and an absolute great time. I was of course extremely nervous and high strung. Due to our production style there was always a chance that we weren’t even going to finish the film. We didn’t have a set schedule and only got together when we could. However, everyone involved seemed happy that they were working on a project that was very different and in essence a passion project. There were several stories of some odd things that happened on set that could go down in filmmaking lore. Like the cotton candy bum character actor almost got mistaken for an actual bum trying to peddle home-made cotton candy until security realized we were a film crew. Also, shooting the first step printing shot under the observation of secret service due to the building wall we chose had a private fundraiser going on at the time for the president. Seeing that a lot of our filming was guerilla style, these stories are better to tell out loud and not on paper!


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


Audience and critical reception for Lonesome has been amazing. Everyone seems to really like it. And also everyone seems to be forgiving of its low budget shortcomings. Delightful is the word that is ALWAYS being used. We have several great critical reviews under our belt. One thing that happens every festival showing is a multitude of audience members who just gush over how much they like it, how good it is, how different it is, but they are also surprised that our film isn’t very well known despite how much they liked it. We are gradually gaining momentum so that more of the world finds out about Lonesome.


Any future projects you'd like to share?


There are several future projects I am working on. I am currently helping produce a not-for-profit fan fiction series written and directed by Lonesome’s lead actor Zach McLain called Princess Zelda – a fantasy adventure with both live action and special effects. I also have a small role and I am silent producer on a film currently being shot in Green Bay, WI – Room 108: The Clearing, which is a historical ghost thriller about a 100 years old murder of a stage actor and the subsequent hauntings from the incident.

Next, I have several other feature length narrative scripts that I have written and hope to direct that I am working on getting green-lighted soon. Here are 2 of them:

1) A thriller called A Fortress of Denial – A young woman who is moving up the corporate ladder at a green company comes within the cross-hairs of an eco-terrorist who does not agree with the company’s mission.

2) A roadtrip comedy/drama called Tootsie Lou – A woman in her mid-20’s, going through a party phase in her life gets mixed up with 2 neighbor friends who turn out to be small time crooks who take her on a roadtrip from the Midwest to New Orleans over New Years weekend in the year after the city opens after Katrina. It is a coming of age story for the woman who is looking for more meaning to her life.


What got you into filmmaking to begin with, and did you receive any formal training on the subject?


I did not receive any formal training for film or attend film school. I do consider myself a huge movie buff, and once you get to a certain point of following critically acclaimed films and their directors, you start to think that, sure, I can make a film too! When I was young, by the age of 13 I had seen every single film that had been nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, and Best Screenplay at the Academy Awards going all the way back to its inception. I eventually got into film criticism and wrote reviews throughout high school, college/university, and well into my adulthood. I always veered towards film that seemed to have a more artistic sensibility about it, and I started following directors by trying to be a ‘completist’, in which I have seen every film made by a certain director. This was especially in regards to a lot of the foreign master directors from all the way back to the silent age up to present day. I have always felt that the best preparation to make a film is by seeing as many classics and important works as possible – knowing your film history as well as being critical in how you are watching film.


What can you tell us about your filmwork prior to Lonesome?


The work that I have done prior to Lonesome includes writing and directing a short film that is currently unreleased. Also, being on set as and assistant director, and production assistant on several short films. Some of these projects should still exist on YouTube.


How would you describe yourself as a director?


I’d like to think that as a director that I am an innovator. Lonesome is an extremely stylistic film that meshes many genres and film periods together in a way that is wholly unique. I also strictly believe in self-reflecting on the art-form of cinema itself. I would like to think that I am endlessly artistic, an auteur.


Filmmakers who inspire you?


That’s going to be a long list! So, I am just going to list directors whom I was trying to invoke just for Lonesome: Jacques Demy, Wong Kar-Wai, Guy Maddin, Jean-Luc Godard, Agnes Varda, Eric Rohmer, Jacques Rozier, Robert Bresson, William Friedkin, Pablo Berger, Paul Fejos, Charlie Chaplin, Fritz Lang, Woody Allen, Dziga Vertov, Robert Flaherty. Films by all of these directors were on constant repeat as inspiration while filming and editing Lonesome. This is by no means a definitive list of my favorite directors.


Your favourite movies?


In regards to my favorite movies, I do not want to list out nearly 40 or 50 films, lol! Instead, since I am always seeking the artistry in cinema, I will suggest 6 films that I believe stand on their own as the epitome of what would be considered an "artfilm". In chronological order:

Man With A Movie Camera directed by Dziga Vertov (1928, Russia);

Breathless directed by Jean-Luc Godard (1960, France);

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg directed by Jacques Demy (1964, France)

Chungking Express directed by Wong Kar-Wai (1994, Hong Kong)

In The Mood For Love directed by Wong Kar-Wai (2000, Hong Kong)

My Winnipeg directed by Guy Maddin (2007, Canada)


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Lonesome has partnered with the distribution company Random Media for a streaming release! Please check back to Lonesome’s website for its streaming release date. We are anticipating a release date within a few months.


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Michael, the pleasure is all mine.


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