Barry is the story of Barry Berkins, a homespun cocaine dealer who joins Facebook in an attempt to take his business to the next level. However, he soon finds that sharing doesn't always lead to caring.
Cast: Pete Gardner, Mandy Levin, Jay Rondot, Rob O'Malley, Brent Chase
5 questions with Barry director, Jay Rondot at the half-way mark.
Wednesday, March 15th, 2017
1Hey Jay! Thanks for being a part of our festival. First, I loved the idea of a super square, family man that sells coke. Where did that idea come from? I got tired of seeing drug dealers always portrayed as "bad" people, or as "good" people who need to have some noble reason for selling drugs. Barry is just a small business man making a living, like anybody else.
2You wrote, directed and acted in the film. Which part is the most fun for you and which is the most challenging? I also produced it myself, which was horrid and, by far, the most challenging part. The directing was the most fun. Writing isn't always fun, but it was on this one. The acting was kind of fun, but it was really smothered by the producing experience, in that all I could think about when I was on camera were things like, "Are we losing the light? Oh, God, the cops are here. Now I'm in my head. Did someone order lunch? What's my next line? I'm ruining this for everyone."
3This film is funny but also pretty dark. What is it about dark comedies that attracts you? The types of stories that are told in dark comedies often feel pretty normal to me. 'Barry' may read rather lighthearted at first, but it comes from a darker, even ominous, place. The contrast of the two is intriguing to me. With dark comedy, if you can hit the right tone, you can create something enjoyable without people realizing that your short film is really making fun of happiness.
4Can you share a war story from the shoot? I think it's all a war story, ultimately. But, really, the whole thing went somewhat smoothly, mainly because everyone who worked on it was so great. For the opening scene at the Metro station, we had this stealthy plan about how to get the shot. I was lavved up and the sound guy stood across the street, so he wouldn't attract any attention. But just as we set up the camera, naturally, the cops pull up. They happened to be driving by at that exact moment. They called out to us and I was convinced we'd be getting shut down, but they just told us, 'Metro has cameras all over here. They're going to see you and they're going to call us to kick you out, so, whatever you're doing, do it quickly.'
We wholeheartedly thanked them, a train pulled in, we got the shot in one take, and we split.
5What's next? I'm writing a feature that I want to direct. It's much darker than 'Barry'.
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. The film is about the evolution of a couple's relationship, and was shot in three different countries over the course of a decade.
The film with the most fans wins $1,000
For 2017 we are moving on from screening feature films and will be showcasing shorts.
For our Winter 2017 Festival, we are giving away $2,000 in prizes to the top three films.
The film with the most fans.
The film with the most views.
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