5 questions with 4am Redmond & Meda director, Rodrigo Lopresti at the half-way mark.
Monday, March 6th, 2017
1Hey Rodrigo! Thanks for being in another one of our festivals! This is an incredible short written by Stephen Hancock. How did this whole thing get started? Did he send you the script? Are you buddies with Stephen? Did you work together on the idea? The piece was originally written as part of a theater 10 minute play festival directed by Kristin Wheeler. It was rehearsed and preformed on stage for a week run. After finishing the run I thought we might as well cross it over to film as an experiment. I called my amazing friends Jay Webb, John W. Yost, and Robert Cauble, who took time off their lives to do this, and we shot it over 2 days.
2You and Francis Benhamou both give such amazing performances in this. How did you two prepare for this? Did you do a lot of rehearsing or did you save it all for the shoot? Francis and I had been rehearsing this for about 10 years. In life.
3You acted with Francis in another film you co-directed called I'm Not Me. Can you tell me a bit why you wanted to work together again, how you two met, and explain how you two like working together? Francis and I have known each other since we were kids. We met at a Miami Subs when we where both in high school. This particular project came to us as sort of a casualty of how this theater company operates. We have a very short hand when we work together and that's half the challenge right there.
4I really loved this film so much,. It reminded me of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf and other great films that show severely troubled relationships that somehow make sense. What are your take on romance/drama films and why did you want to explore a darker end of that spectrum? I've dealt with addiction in the past and troubled relationships are what I feel happen when you don't know what's good for you, because maybe you don't know yourself like you think you do. We get caught up in these patterns and it's almost impossible to break away from them. When you go into rehab as a couple the first thing they do is split you up in order to try and beak that pattern. I really love romance/drama films. Relationships is what theater and life is made of. Even an action movie needs love to keep you engaged. It's on top and beneath everything. The darker side of it is as important as the lighter side of it. Most people feel too uncomfortable to look at it. I find it fascinating.
5What's next? My girlfriend Maayan Laufer and I are currently working on an episodic series called Heart Brakers that I can only describe as a Charlie Kaufman dark comedy fantasy set in parallel universes that explores how the absurd and tragic relationship of a struggling couple is doomed for failure regardless of their efforts.
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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