6 questions with Hole director, Martin Edralin at the half-way mark.
Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017
1Hi Martin! Thanks for being a part of our festival. First, what was the initial seed that inspired you to make Hole? I met the lead actor, Ken Harrower on a corporate video shoot for public housing. He's really charming and his pride in his sexuality made me think a lot about the misperceptions of people with disabilities.
2Ken Harrower does a fantastic job as your lead. How did you meet and why was it important to you to cast someone with a disability instead of someone who acting like they had one? Ken inspired the script but I wrote Billy as a much younger character. To be honest, I wasn't dead set on casting someone with a disability in the role. I just wanted the best person for the part. In the end, Ken was the strongest audition so I adjusted the script for him in the role.
3I loved so many of the decisions you made. The opening shot was fantastic because you really saw how much effort goes into something as simple as getting out of bed. I also loved that you chose to show this man with a disability as a sexual being. What made you decide to shed light onto that subject which is so rarely seen? A lot of the shots in the film were completely improvised. The production came together at the last minute so there wasn't much opportunity to prepare. I was genuinely curious about Ken's day to day life so on set I'd ask him how he does certain things and then I'd get him to do it while we shot it. The process was very documentary-like.
4How have people reacted to this film and are you surprised by the response? I wasn't sure if people would like the movie but the response has been incredibly positive.
5What's the film that made you want to become a filmmaker? I can't think of one particular film but I was first hooked into cinema by the work of Woody Allen, Charlie Chaplin and the French New Wave.
6What's next? I'm in pre-production for a feature and in the middle of a shooting and editing a few docs.
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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