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Lack of Cockery
2015, 85m, drama, musical, romance
A venture capitalist enlists a desperate indie singer to engage in a life swap with him. But when an unexpected female guest shows up at his door, he is forced to question his perspective on identity and love.
Produced by: Alex Helisek, Scott Young
Cast: Josh Mitchell, Alethea Sholomenko, Mike Maolucci
10 questions with Lack of Cockery director, Josh Mitchell at the half-way mark.
Friday, August 5th, 2016
1Hi Josh! Thanks for being a part of our 2016 Summer Festival! First, what was the initial seed that made you want to make this film? The genesis of the story was sparked by my love of organic live music. I wanted to create a piece that celebrated and illustrated the Hollywood hustle and how much strategy and diligence it takes to get your career off the ground.
2You wrote this film as well. What's your writing process like, how long did the script take you to finish, and what scene are you most proud of? Because I have lived in LA for a bit now, I was able to pull from my real life of being a publicist and attending a host of industry events. The script came together nicely because I had outlined the trajectory of the story and its pivotal plot points. The scene I'm most proud of is the climax of the film when Jimmy and Jayson have their confrontation at The Seed.
3You also star in the film as well. How difficult was it to act and direct at the same time and what advice would you have for any filmmakers trying to do the same thing? It was a challenge but I wanted to push myself as an auteur and there is a lot of personal pieces of my life infused in my character. I was inspired by the great performances like Mel Gibson in "Braveheart" and Robert Duvall in "The Apostle." My best advice is don't wait for someone to possibly find the ideal role for you - create it yourself and pour everything you got into making as an original and compelling piece as possible.
4What was the biggest challenge you faced when trying to make this film? The locations were an obstacle as we were essentially using LA as our studio lot. We got lucky and secured a small boutique space where we shot 50 percent of the film. The biggest roadblock is always budgetary and not having enough shooting days but we were able to capture everything we wanted.
5Who has been your biggest influence? My biggest influence has been the films of the early 1990's. I was lucky to witness the explosion of the indie film world led by Miramax and directors like Steven Soderberg, Quentin Tarantino, and Robert Rodriquez. They definitely inspired me to push the envelope and not be afraid of taking chances.
6I was laughing at the scene in the beginning where the guys are trying to find The Seed. It's a very specific detail that reminds me of LA. What are your thoughts on living and working in LA? I think it is summed up best by some dialogue in the film - "LA is like a Dungeness crab. It sheds its dorsal every few years and burrows down until a new shell sets. This city’s dreams are dominated by the hydra-headed entertainment business. People don’t move to Hollywood. They swarm to it – and those ill-equipped for the constant grind rarely stay long."
7What's your biggest passion outside of filmmaking? I really enjoy in the indulgence of craft beer and delicious food.
8What's your favorite scene in this film and what did it take to get it right? My favorite scene is when Kelly surprises Jimmy in Jayson's apartment. It was a hot summer day and it took a lot of AC and coordination to make everyone comfortable and capture the essence of the introduction.
9What advice do you have for aspiring filmmakers? Do not wait for someone to certify you. The technology has created a level playing field and if you are resourceful you can create a piece of art that will allow you to continue to follow your dreams.
10What's next? I'm gearing up to shoot my passion project "Harry Head" this summer and I just finished directing a new feature film called "Coffee & Cabbage." You can watch the teaser here - https://vimeo.com/176644095
About the Interviewer: Ben Hicks
Ben Hicks is a writer/director and co-founder of Fandependent Films. Ben is currently working on making Fandependent Films awesome and is finishing up his first feature film entitled Kids Go Free to Fun Fun Time which was selected for the 2017 IFP Narrative Lab.
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