played festivals in 2004-2005. The story follows David, a sheltered
high school freshman as he falls for an older girl and creates a mix
tape for her. It can currently be seen on imdb.com.
stayed busy all year and played over thirty festivals. Highlights
were Austin, AFI, Gen Art and Hamptons where it won best short film.
It was amazing to see the film take on a life of its own with festival
audiences. This exposure was critical as it created a lot of momentum
auditioned for the part of David. How did you know he was the one?
to cast the part in Portland where we read over a hundred kids. Ethan
turned up a week later in Ashland. We were excited because he looked
the part and was the right age. He was also natural and confident
with a great presence. It was obvious he could carry the film when we
looked at the audition tape.
AFF: The movie is inspired by a personal story, but also your own love
for music. How did you go about choosing the music for the film? Was
there a balance between your own preferences and the needs of the
the story and also made a good soundtrack. I love introducing obscure
bands to people and I wanted this to be a facet of the movie. Most of
the songs were chosen before we began shooting.
and crushes in high school. Also, a friend of mine had a family with
a similar oppressive dynamic that I borrowed from. It’s all pretty
much fiction though.
projects. How does your close relationship outside of work affect
the work you do together?
nineties so it’s been a natural, fun part of our relationship. We’ve
never known anything different so it’s comfortable and effective.
We’ve been lucky to also be working alongside producers Mark
Cunningham and Michael Matondi that make up our company Broken Sky
recommend it. Austin is one of my favorite cities and the festival is
well run. The audiences were warm and friendly and the food and
parties were great. We met some people there in the film community
back in ’04 festival that we’re still in touch with.
AFF: What are you working on now?
We just finished post on a feature called “Calvin Marshall” starring
Alex Frost, Michelle Lombardo and Steve Zahn. It’s a bittersweet
comedy about Calvin’s life long dream to play college baseball. It
has a similar tone/style as “Wow and Flutter” and also has a great
soundtrack. It’s ultimately a story about overcoming disappointment.
We’re excited to screen at festivals this fall and spearhead a
theatrical release in early 2010. Our website www.calvinmarshall.com will
be up and running this summer.
Late post-mark deadline: July 3rd
Very late deadline: July 15th
Just one more you reason you should be at the Austin Film Festival & Conference in October…