Hey guys, I was recently interviewed by the fine Ozzie site CULT PROJECTIONS to talk THE SHELTER and more! Here’s an excerpt!
CP: Was Michael Paré always the actor you had in mind, or did you have an audition process?
John: Having met Mike and spent time with him in Budapest on the set of Eric Red’s 100 Feet in 2008, I actually had him in mind when I wrote the script. The lead character looked like him in my head. But at the time I didn’t think he’d do the movie. He was very busy hence when it came down to it, I was looking for somebody “like Michael Pare” to star in The Shelter. That’s until co-producer Donny Broussard convinced me to just send him the script and see what happens. Mike read it, he dug it, I met him in LA, we talked it out and made a deal. It was meant to be. I didn’t audition him and I didn’t need to. I knew he was up the task and that he had that key quality this particular role needed: magnetism. The audience had to want to watch him being that he’s pretty much in every frame of the picture. Mike pulled it off and then some in my opinion; his visceral performance is one of The Shelter’s main strengths.
You can read the entire INTERVIEW HERE!
Things are finally starting to inch forward with my directional debut THE SHELTER. That’s actually one thing that I learned for myself recently; even if things are moving forward at a sedated snail’s pace, they are STILL moving forward, hence should be recognized as progress. For the last 6 months I wasn’t thinking that way. I was getting somewhat frustrated by the lack of results in light of my constant non-stop, daily efforts. But I get it now – inch, by inch – that’s how it’s going down – must crank perseverance dial to “through the roof”. 10-4! Roger that!
So as mentioned here, THE SHELTER will premiere at FILM4 FRIGHTFEST and now we have the date and time of said screening Friday August at 8:40PM. See the FrightFest SHELTER PAGE HERE! Hope to see you there! I’m planning to bring some Shelter schwag to give away at the screening.
And while we’re talking good news, famous film site AINT IT COOL NEWS aka AICN reviewed the film (fairly at that) last Friday. I’m not gonna BS y’all, I was beaming after that review! That jolt of positive energy was much welcome. Here’s an excerpt!
“Writer/director John Fallon conveys this theme of loss and regret clearly and expertly. Sure, that makes for the exact opposite of the feel good movie of the year, but it does make for a pretty fantastic character study of a man who has crumbled to almost nothing.Pare really gives it his all here, plunging to emotional depths I never thought he was able to do and doing them with a real sense of soul. Pare still has the rugged good looks that made him a star in the Eighties, but it feels like, at least in the character he plays here, he really does understand what it is like to have it all and lose it.”
You can read the entire review HERE! So there you have it! Back to the grind I go!
I’m really happy to share with you all that my directorial debut THE SHELTER will screen at the Film4 FrightFest Festival (August 27th – 31st) aka London Frightfest Film Festival 2015 . Exact date and time are still to be determined. Yeehaw! Man I needed that!
Since the film finished with its Post Production in late 2014 all I’ve been doing is pushing, taking the hits and posing action after action after action… so yeah… when you FINALLY get the reaction you’re seeking – you gotta relish it for a second or two before jumping back in the ring to fight yet another round. So, this is me relishing 🙂
Frightfest is actually a Film Festival (ran by some great dudes, shout out to Alan Jones, Ian Rattray, Paul McEvoy and Greg Day) that I’ve wanted to check out for a very long time now but that I never got around to. And right now I’m happy that I didn’t as I’m glad that I get to attend the Fest as a filmmaker.
I want to say a big thank you to Frightfest for having me and the film! You’ve genuinely made my day. Expect more The Shelter good news to come soon!
VISIT THE OFFICIAL THE SHELTER BLOG HERE
Today is Canada Day and I figured what better day to give out an autographed AMERICAN MUSCLE Blu-Ray, an all American exploitation film that this proud Canadian wrote and acted in. How do you win? Easy. Send me an e-mail HERE, write MUSCLE in the subject header and tell me WHY you think you should nab it! I’ll pick the person with the best answer, sign the thing and gun it your way!
American Muscle is about: After 10 years of hard time, John Falcon (Nick Principe) is hell-bent on revenge. Screaming across the scarred landscape of the Yucca Valley, Falcon’s got 24 hours to inflict brutal vengeance on everyone he holds responsible for putting him away. Including his own brother.
The film was directed by Ravi Dhar and stars Nick Principe, Todd Farmer, Robin Sydney, George P. Wilbur, Jennifer Wenger and Trent Haaga. It was produced by Snowfort Pictures and Automatic Entertainment. On that, HAPPY CANADA DAY to my fellow Canucks! Off to crack open a AM Molson!