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I Was A Greenhouse
2014, 106m, drama
A vagabond minstrel crashes into the lives of a family struggling to survive. As the bonds of love and friendship grow so does the mystery behind the truth of the red guitar. This battered vagabond will find himself the reluctant hero as he must once again pick up his guitar to save this family, which takes him further from his own.
Produced by: Heather Konstant, Derek Lackenbauer, Christian Koenig, Adrian Konstant, Jason Green
Cast: Derek Lackenbauer, Tanja Guelck, Cassaundra Sloan, Lauryn Hall, Zach Parsons, Anthony Tullo, Adam Oldfield
10 questions with I Was A Greenhouse director, Adrian Konstant at the half-way mark.
Monday, August 29th, 2016
1Hello Adrian! On behalf on Fandependent Films: what was the initial inspiration for this movie? I loved the idea that music heals, and it does. People find solace and calm and rage and what ever they need in music. That concept was then exaggerated into the story of a man who can actually heal injury with music.
2There's a lot of dark material in this movie, but it seems to also believe that people are fundamentally good. What made you want to explore this sort of philosophical dichotomy? Yes there are some darker moments in the film. I believe that people become who they are because of the road they have walked and a good person now might have been a bad person at some stage and visa versa. The idea is that over a long enough time frame we will be 'different' people.
3Looking through your IMDb, I see that your background is primarily in camera department work. How did that background affect your approach to this movie? Yes. I wanted to be a DOP for many years and it wasn't until I was on a break as a camera assistant, sitting on a box and I realized that all the people on set were all running around frantically because of something that some guy in sweatpants had conjured up on his keyboard. I started writing with the full intention of now becoming a writer director. I did light 'Greenhouse' and my second film too, but I believe a dedicated DOP is the next step for me. I LOVE it though. LOVE lighting a scene.
4Was it an easy transition to move into directing? Yes. It did feel natural. I will say that any time I am on set it does feel like I am in the right place. Something to note though is that at this level of film making you are doing everything, not just directing but EVERYTHING (as most people in the festival I'm sure would attest to) and there were some really hard lessons through the wonderful process of making this film.
5If you don't mind divulging, where did the funding for this movie come from? I took out a bank loan. The bank loan has been paid off, but not by the film. I have not made much money on the film, but what did happen is that the film did land in front of someone who gave me some money to shoot my second film on a similar scale. In my books that is a win.
6The red guitar is a very striking image. Where did that idea originate? I play guitar and so that seemed like the natural choice of instrument. I wanted the imagery of the guitar to have punch, be something memorable. So I decided on a deep blood red.
7This is an awkward question, but I have to ask. There's a scene in the movie where Deuce (the protagonist) saves the teenage daughter from this kid who tries to rape her. It then appears that Deuce...um...sticks a screwdriver up the would-be rapist's ass? So your hero basically sexually assaults this kid and then we never see the kid again. I suppose my question is: What's the deal? Hahahahahaha! Love it! Yes. He absolutely does and I will explain happily why I chose to make this scene. In any film when we (men) watch a rape scene if floats over us. Women, who could imagine being in that powerless position often can have visceral responses to a rape scene, so why not invert the situation right then and there and put men into the vulnerable powerless position also. So as the young man is about to rape the young girl Deuce grabs him and pulls him out of the car and a few emotional lines run through the audiences head.
1: Thank goodness, Deuce is saving Christy.
2: Holy shit, I think he is about to rape this guy! Who is Deuce? (Theme stated)
3: Is Deuce a bad guy or a good guy?
4: Once the rapist reveals what Deuce used to assault him we, the audience float back into feeling that Deuce is now a good guy and that this young man has likely had a lesson that will stop him from doing that kind of thing again.
I think it was really the emotional roller-coaster that appealed to me the most.
8How would you explain the title to people who haven't seen the movie? That they have to watch the film to understand it. It is a strange title, I know, but I usually defer to the film and explain that people should just watch it.
9At the end of your credits, there is a marriage proposal. Did you have a Plan B in case Heather didn't watch until the end of the credits? Nope. I know that any film becomes its own piece of entertainment in the world and that has it's own relationships with people, but it also reflects a slice out time out of my life in creating this thing and so I like that it's in there. I would have left it in there even if she had said no. Luckily she bumped her head and said yes - What a nipple...
10What's next? We are just finishing a dark comedy called "Bickerman's Grove".
Here is the trailer:
It is screening at a local film festival in our region and we are excited to see this one hit the online shelves before Christmas.
About the Interviewer: Nick Toti
Nick Toti is a decidedly amateur filmmaker, writer, and compulsive visual artist who lives in Los Angeles.
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