VOD Spotlight On Parker Posey For THE LOVE GUIDEJune 15, 2012

VOD Spotlight On Parker Posey For THE LOVE GUIDE

Phase 4 Films

On Demand Weekly's Editor-in-Chief, Britt Bensen spoke with actress Parker Posey about her new movie, THE LOVE GUIDE  (Phase 4 films), now on demand.



On Demand Weekly (ODW): You’ve had so many iconic independent film roles (PARTY GIRL, HOUSE OF YES, BASQUIAT, WAITING FOR GUFFMAN). What are your feelings on being so closely associated with independent film?
Parker Posey (PP):
Independent film blossomed in the 90’s writers and directors were able to get financing to fund their vision. That was really exciting. I loved it. It wasn’t the star system. That changed in the ought’s.

There was a collection of artists and writers who could share their stories. There was a human element. Everyone worked with everyone else. They could be a part of something. It all changed. It became more of a business about making money. I think there will be a resurgence to grassroots (filmmaking).

THE LOVE GUIDE is almost like an experiment. Christy Scott Cashman wrote and financed it. I read it and thought ‘This could be fun.’

ODW: You play Angelica Lovecraft, the vegan, personal growth guru of THE LOVE GUIDE. How did you prepare for the role? Do you practice yoga and or meditation yourself?
I really like women who do yoga. This character takes it a little too far. She thinks she can disappear. She’s striving to do a handstand using no hands (laughs). She thinks she’s a time-traveler. There’s something fun playing a character like that.


Parker Posey / THE LOVE GUIDE (Phase 4 Films)

I am part of the yoga community here in New York. It’s a growing community of special people. I love and adore anyone who goes searching for a peace of mind, who might drop out of mainstream to follow a counter-culture.

ODW: Tell us about shooting a movie about the fictional show “Cut the Crap”?
: We had a lot of fun shooting. We shot it outside of Boston. It comes from a good place.


Parker Posey / THE LOVE GUIDE (Phase 4 Films)

ODW: There is a lot about chicken farming in the movie. What did you learn about chickens?
I got to hold a lot of chickens. There are so many different breeds. They’re sweet.

ODW: I have to ask, what comes first, the chicken or the egg?

PP: I know the answer, but I’m not allowed to divulge. If you think about it really, really hard, I think you’ll know the answer (laughs).

ODW: THE LOVE GUIDE is being released on demand June 17th. What is your perspective of on demand distribution for filmmakers?
You can watch a movie you’re in the mood for at your own whim. It’s pretty great.


Parker Posey / THE LOVE GUIDE (Phase 4 Films)

ODW: DAZED AND CONFUSED is one of my personal faves. So many young actors (Matthew McConaughey , Anthony Rapp, Adam Goldberg, Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich, Cole Hauser, Joey Lauren Adams) on Richard Linklater’s first film after SLACKER. What do you remember from the experience?
First, I hope people see his new movie BERNIE out now. It’s so good.

It (DAZED AND CONFUSED) was a love fest. Everyone was so young. We’d work all night. I didn’t have the intensive rehearsals everyone else had before the movie. Everyone was into the wardrobe and creating their look. I remember the makeup artist saying ‘Wait til you see Matthew McConaughey. He’s got this Ted Nugent shirt and moustache. He’s going to be a big star one day.” She was so right on.

I asked Richard to put me in the scene.

Matthew passed me and slaps me on the ass and says “Hey Darla.”

5,000 – 10,000 watched the movie on a lawn (at a recent reunion in Austin, TX). I crawled over to Rich and grabbed his hand. He said “I made a drive-in movie.” It’s a movie to be experienced with crowds.

ODW: I imagine you have attended your share of film festivals. What is your favorite one off the beaten path?
John Waters asked me to attend the Provincetown Film Festival. I’m looking forward to it. When John Waters asks you, you have to say yes. (Parker’s movie PRICE CHECK will be play there).

ODW: Marina asks on Facebook: Given the challenge of finding decent roles for women in indie and network films, would you ever consider producing?
What are twitter and facebook? (giggles). Yes. What I think about is the form and the form is changing. I feel like the internet is going to be the next creative leap and we’ve yet to see what that form looks like.

I like shows like Louie CK’s (”Louie”). The tone is theirs. It’s not corporate and the voice of a bunch of different people.

I have spoken to producers about what I would do. That’s exciting. There is room to be creative in other outlets, like cable TV or web series where you could be free with the form. It’s hard to produce movies these days without a video game component. It’s not as easy as one might think in the current culture.

ODW: You made the jump to TV in THE GOOD WIFE alongside Alan Cuming’s character. Can we expect more of you next season?
I hope so. I had a lot of fun walking into his life and then walking out very quickly, slamming the door. That’s what it felt like. It was really, really fun to work with Alan. It felt like Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell in HIS GIRL FRIDAY. That repartee. That wit. It’s missing in a lot of comedies today.



- Britt Bensen

Britt is the Editor-in-Chief and Co-founder of On Demand Weekly. He is the former head of Affiliate Marketing and VOD for Sundance Channel. Prior to Sundance Channel, Britt worked for Miramax Films and BMI. He also on the Advisory Board of the Palo Alto Intl Film Festival.


THE LOVE GUIDE is currently available on demand.


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