This afternoon’s post is an interview with the screenwriter in my house … because he lives here, too. With our kid. And the cats. He wrote and directed a film called THE ATTICUS INSTITUTE, which is available on-demand and on iTunes today!
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Kerri: We’ve done this before, but we’re doing it again. So hi.
Kerri: So you’re my husband, you’ve come here into my office and you are sitting right next to me. And you haven’t left yet. So what would you like to talk about? Today’s a big day, right?
Chris: Is it trash day?
Kerri: That seems like a not-so-nice thing to say about your film.
Chris: I thought you were being passive-aggressive about the trash needing to go out.
Kerri: That’s Friday.
Chris: Right. So today is Tuesday, which means that it’s the day my film, THE ATTICUS INSTITUTE, comes out on VOD and DVD.
Kerri: And that also means you have three days until the trash goes out.
Chris: Now you’re just being aggressive. Regular aggressive.
Kerri: Fair point. Okay, so for people who don’t know what THE ATTICUS INSTITUTE is, can you give a brief “this is what it is?”
Chris: In short, it’s a pseudo-documentary about the government’s efforts to weaponize possession.
Kerri: And you wrote this film. And directed it. I know this because I am your wife.
Chris: And because I was away shooting a film for two months.
Kerri: Right but you’ve written a number of films, and this was your true directorial debut. So how was that, going from putting it on the page to putting it on the screen?
Chris: I liked the process. I liked being able to see my vision through to the end, instead of passing off the baton.
Kerri: Hang on, I wrote “bison” instead of “vision.”
Chris: I’d like to see my bison through to the end as well. If at all possible. But wildlife aside, I liked being able to fully explore this idea. Rather than the more familiar version of a possession movie, where the church sends in an exorcist and all that jazz, I wanted to take a scientific approach in dealing with the supernatural.
Kerri: So you wanted it to be more grounded?
Chris: Ultimately, yeah. I wanted to play out the scenario of “what if there was a government confirmed case of possession,” studied and proven scientifically, and then show how the government might want to militarize something with that much power.
Chris: Yeah. So it’s pretty much a romantic comedy.
Kerri: I know you’re being cheeky, but honestly, this film isn’t a horror film. It’s not like a jumpy-out scary sort of thing.
Chris: No, it’s not. It’s creepy more so than scary. It’s unsettling.
Kerri: Do you find it unsettling to sit here and do a formal interview with me?
Chris: I wouldn’t exactly call it “formal,” since you’re in your bathrobe.
Kerri: Fair point again. Thanks for taking the time to talk with me today. I appreciate it. Please take the garbage out on Friday.
Chris: Since we are now being formal, I seriously want to say thank you to the people in the diabetes community. They’ve been a great support to you, and I’m grateful for how supportive they’ve been of me, too.
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Thanks to Chris for the interview, and for the taking out of garbage things. You can download ATTICUS from iTunes, watch the trailer here, and follow CSparl on Twitter @chrissparling.