Monday, August 08, 2005

A CONVERSATION WITH S.


An an attempt to avoid cast and crew burnout, No Points Productions took the weekend off. This gave me an opportunity to sit down with Director S. Michael Phillips, for our first full conversation.

Here is the transcript from my interview with S:

Yancy X: THANK YOU FOR TAKING TIME TO SPEAK WITH ME, S.

S: No problem. Can I get a glass of water?

YX: SURE, THAT SHOULDN'T BE A PROBLEM. SO, TELL ME...S...SUM UP THE FILM "HIPPIES" FOR ME IN ONE SHORT SENTENCE.

S: Alright. It's a Cinderella story, really. Imagine a world where all of the conventions of society are broken down and destroyed. Imagine no government, no possessions, no religion too. Imagine all the people...wait. What was the question?

YX: INDEPENDENT FILMMAKERS FACE MANY CHALLENGES THROUGHOUT PRODUCTION. WHAT HAVE BEEN SOME OF THE LARGEST CHALLENGES YOU'VE FACED?

S: Pesky reporters. Other than that...this shoot hasn't been plagued by too many disasters. 'Kosmic Freedum' has had some mechanical problems. But, we expected that. After all, it was designed and built by Germans. So, you know...

YX: RIGHT. I'M NOT SURE WHAT YOU'RE IMPLYING THERE. MOVING ON...HOW WOULD YOU CHARACTERIZE THIS PICTURES TARGET AUDIENCE?

S: I think everyone can enjoy this film because it's held together by a solid story. Everyone likes to see a good story. As far as relating to the movie...I'd say it's the social and political left that will get the most out of it. 'Hippies' is their story. We chronicle their lives in this picture. It's an homage to them. Who wouldn't like to see a story about themselves? No one. They'll be the audience members who stand up and cheer at the end of this movie. Hell, they might even burn the theater down.

YX: TELL ME ABOUT YOUR SCREENWRITER.

S: He's a genius.

YX: WHAT ABOUT ACTORS? HOW HAVE YOU FOUND THEM? AND, HOW WOULD YOU RATE PERFORMANCES UP TO THIS POINT?

S: Well, the Pacific-Northwest is a hot-bed for talented actors. It's kind of become the LA of the northern end of the West coast. You know, like LA...except further North. Anyway, talent isn't hard find. What I've discovered is that you don't have to find the talent, the talent will find you. Our core group of actors have magnificent careers ahead of them, no doubt. Many of the side characters are showing promise as well. They have the talent to make it in the entertainment industry as long as they meet the right people, move to LA, get agents, work for a couple of decades in commercials, catch a lucky break, and sell out.

YX: INSPRIRING. SIMPLY INSPIRING. S, I HAVE ONE FINAL QUESTION. IT WAS WRITTEN BY SOME FRENCH GUY NAMED BERNARD. SINCE, IT'S BECOME QUITE THE CHIC QUESTION TO ASK ARTISTS OF THE FILM INDUSTRY. S...IF HEAVEN EXISTS, WHAT WILL GOD SAY TO YOU WHEN YOU ARRIVE?

S: Go see "Hippies" at the Eugene premire, April 20th!

YX: THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME S.

S: My pleasure. Thanks for the water.

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