6 questions with Vintage Vehicle director, Josh Mitchell at the half-way mark.
Tuesday, September 12th, 2017
1Hi Josh! Thanks for being a part of our festival. First, what was the initial seed that inspired you to make this film? I loved the nugget of idea of picturing a ritzy and famous movie star driving a clunker. I had read about the trajectory of George Clooney and all I could imagine is his plight starting out in Hollywood and driving to audition to audition in LA traffic. I found the concept of a celebrity reuniting with his first car a fun theme to build a story around and explore creatively.
2You've worked with you cinematographer Domenico Grasso on many of your films. How did you two meet and how do you two work together? We connected online and Domenico is a passionate Italian who loves the process of being in the creative trenches with ambitious people. We instantly hit it off and have made a host of films together - including two award-winning documentaries. After our first project we learned a short-hand and he embraces my necessity for fast and raw setups and crafty composition.
3Which filmmaker has a career that you admire and why? I admire Steven Soderbergh as a filmmaker because he started in the indie world with "Sex, Lies, and Videotapes" and has also excelled in the studio system with "Erin Brockovich" and "Ocean's 11." He operates the camera himself and edits on set. In addition, I salute him for his most experimental attempt at film distribution with his latest piece "Lucky Logan." I am wowed by creators who can do it all.
4What was your first car and can you tell us a fond memory with it? My father got me a beat-up Toyota Corolla as my first car. He bought it off a neighbor for dirt cheap and it was a stick-shift. That was new to me and, of course, during my lesson there was a severe snow storm in Boston. Somehow I got the hang of it after a few hours and drove it back to my college that day. It became an instant chick magnet on campus.
5This film addresses the celebrity culture out in L.A. Have you experienced anything like that and if so, what are your thoughts on it? I'm a Hollywood publicist so I attend a large pool of celebrity red carpet events and screenings. We live in a culture that puts those in the spotlight on a pedestal. Sadly, most people will be disappointed when they meet their favorite stars in person. They are really just people - mostly short and skinny people. Some are entitled and arrogant and some are down-to-earth and inviting. Just like the real world.
6What's next? I'm working on securing financing for a new action-zombie feature film I wrote called "Dirty Water" and after that I'm hoping to shoot my passionate project "Harry Head." It's a kids movie about an eclectic man who stumbles into the fictional town of "Frumsville."
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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