Three young women – Sarah (Kate Bosworth), Abby (Katie Aselton) and Lou (Lake Bell) – get together for a private campout at one of the iconic settings of their childhood, an empty island off the coast of Maine, to renew their bond of sisterhood. They quickly learn, though, that the island is anything but empty, when they encounter three recently-returned servicemen, who have come to the island to hunt. A misunderstanding quickly turns to tragedy, and the three women soon find themselves the targets of the hunt. What started as a simple getaway to recall old times is now a race for survival as three ordinary woman must find extraordinary strength in order to beat the odds against violence and the elements. BLACK ROCK premieres Day & Date in select theaters and On Demand May 17, 2013.
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On Demand Weekly (ODW): How is my favorite member of THE LEAGUE?
Katie Aselton (KA): I think Taco is fine.
ODW: Very funny.
ODW: What did you think of FX creating FXX and placing THE LEAGUE and other comedies on the new network?
KA: I’m excited. I think it means they have a lot of faith in us as a show and they have a lot of faith in our fanbase and our audience. It’s a lot of responsibility to anchor a new network. I love John Landgraf (FX President) really getting behind us as a show.
ODW: It’s been reported independent filmmakers like the Coen Brothers and Alexander Payne will produce mini series on FX for stories that they may not be able to get funded for a film release. Would you ever go that route in lieu of producing a story as a film?
KA: I love it. Absolutely. I love the format of a mini-series. You’d get to do more than you would for a movie. I love the idea of telling an exaggerated story. John Landgraf does an amazing job of curating cool voices for the network.
People are rediscovering the genre.
ODW: It could be a comment on attention span of current TV viewers.
KA: People wanting a little bit more, but not too much.
ODW: Congratulations on directing your second film, the thriller BLACK ROCK, after the comedy, THE FREEBIE. Why a thriller?
KA: It felt like it was time for me to go in a new direction. It was something I had been asked to do as an actor, an action, thriller type. To have those challenges and demands was exciting. I have an affinity for the old-school thrillers of the 70’s, like DELIVRANCE. Simple, naturalistic stories with strong characters and realistic threats. I liked telling that type of story.
Katie Aselton / BLACK ROCK (LD Entertainment)
ODW: You’ve said your husband, Mark Duplass wrote the first draft of BLACK ROCK while being “trapped in a weather-induced 18 hour layover.” Have you quarantined him for 18 hours since to write another script?
KA: (laughs) Not yet, but if we get into a fight, maybe I’ll go do that.
ODW: Do you plan to produce films across other genres?
KA: Absolutely. I’m still trying to find my voice as a filmmaker. I think it’s all about connecting to the story you want to tell. I don’t feel limited in the type of genre I want to work in. Maybe I’ll work on a sci-fi period piece. Or maybe I’ll do a foreign film next time.
ODW: What language?
KA: I don’t know. Japanese maybe?
ODW: Tell our readers something about your co-stars Lake Bell and Kate Bosworth they wouldn’t have heard anywhere else?
KA: They are like the raunchiest girly-girls I have ever met.
They are so fun and so down to play and get dirty and weird.
Lake Bell, Kate Bosworth and Katie Aselton / BLACK ROCK (LD Entertainment)
KA: They are the coolest girls I have ever worked with. The chemistry on screen was not fabricated. We truly enjoyed each other’s company.
ODW: Interesting you should use the word “weird”. I interviewed Mark & Jay ( ) for DO-DECA PENTATHLON, where I asked who they want to work and get weird with next? Who do you want to get weird with in your next film?
KA: I’ll go get weird with Ryan Gosling. I’d love to work with Mark Ruffalo. I think Brit Marling is doing really amazing things right now. I think there is a real wealth of cool, interesting actors right now. It’s a cool time.
ODW:Let’s shake things up. Are you ready for a quick round of word association?
KA: Let’s do it.