5 questions with Fruit of the Fungus director, Josh Mitchell at the half-way mark.
Tuesday, August 1st, 2017
1Hey Josh! Thanks for being a part of our film festival. First, what wast the initial seed that inspired you to make Fruit of the Fungus? The catalyst of the story spawned from my interest and love of truffles. I'm Italian and I love pasta with fresh black truffles and it got me exploring the culinary history and diverse dishes. This led to a lot of research which transformed into me writing a short screenplay. The most interesting tidbit was the use of dogs and pigs to locate the hidden and delicious gems in remote Italy.
2Some of your films are more comedic than others, but all of your films seem to have comedic elements and are also heart felt. Why do you like about telling stories that are both sincere and entertaining? I am a firm believer that life is never all happy or all sad. There are always tints of sunshine and rain and I try to approach storytelling from an authentic standpoint that captures the good with the bad. I live by the mantra that music is the laughter of the soul and I always try to infuse that in my films to remind people that when life gives you lemons - make a vodka soda with some lemon wedges.
3You're quite a prolific filmmaker who has made numerous shorts and features. What's your secret? How are you able to pump out so much work? There's no secret really. I just do it. I would actually pump out more if I could. So many people wait and believe that one day Hollywood will come knocking. It doesn't really work like that out here. You need to work hard and create so you can announce yourself to the industry. My advice is to rally a trusted and ambitious crew of people who have passion for movies and put your resources together to create something you feel amazing about. The technology is there. You just need to be inventive and not afraid to ask for what you need to execute a successful project.
4You write, direct and act. If you could only choose one, which one would you pick and why? That's a tough one. I honestly enjoy all three equally. Would I love to have a project where I could just focus on my acting? Yes. But there aren't so many pieces out there geared towards a dude with a thick Boston accent. When it comes down to it I would pick being a director. I love working with talent and I'm able to put my creative stamp on a piece and ultimately carve it to my liking.
5What's next? I'm shooting two high-concept feature films this summer. One is a kids film in the vein of Willy Wonka called Harry Head. The other is an action-zombie film called Dirty Water, which will be a sequel to my horror film Roid Rage. After those I plan to shoot my True Detective-type TV pilot "NoHo District" and a half hour comedy pilot I'm developing about the PR world.
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.
Share this film
Please share Fruit of the Fungus with your friends and help this filmmaker win!