VOD Spotlight on THE LEAGUE’S Katie Aselton For Her New Film: BLACK ROCKMay 16, 2013

VOD Spotlight on THE LEAGUE’S Katie Aselton For Her New Film: BLACK ROCK

BLACK ROCK (LD Entertainment)

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.

VOD Spotlight: Alex Karpovsky (“Girls”)February 18, 2013

VOD Spotlight: Alex Karpovsky (“Girls”)

Alex Karpovsky, Tibeca Film

Nick DeNinno spoke to Alex Karpovsky about RED FLAG and RUBBERNECK new movies on demand.

 

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Nick DeNinno speaks to Alex Karpovsky about his two new films, Red Flag and Rubberneck.

 Writer/director/actor Alex Karpovsky, a star of the smash HBO series Girls, has appeared in films such as Tiny Furniture, Sleepwalk With Me, and Beeswax. In early 2013, he will be seen in the Coen Brothers’ new feature Inside Llewyn Davis, as well as Supporting Characters (a January 2013 Tribeca Film release). As writer-director, his prior films include Woodpecker and The Hole Story.

 Tribeca Film is presenting Karpovsky’s latest films, Red Flag and Rubberneck, on VOD and available nationwide on February 19, 2013.

 In Rubberneck, Boston research scientist Paul (Alex Karpovsky) still lusts after his beautiful coworker Danielle (Jamie Ray Newman) months after a weekend fling, nurturing his fantasies with the occasional polite exchange at work. But once she starts dating another scientist at their lab, his infatuation quickly turns into obsession – and he finds himself unable to control his desires.

 Red Flag is a laugh-out-loud road trip comedy, starring Alex Karpovsky as himself, a newly-single indie filmmaker who hits the road with an old friend (Onur Tukel) to promote one of his films. As the pair travels from one half-empty theater to the next, Karpovsky is pursued by an adoring fan (Jennifer Prediger) who drives them into an exceptionally uncomfortable love triangle.

 Nick: In what order should we watch these movies [thriller Rubberneck and comedy Red Flag]?

Alex: That is a tough question. When I see a comedy, there is an expectation that the rest of the night will be comedic. I think I would like people to watch the thriller, Rubberneck, first, then finish with the comedy, and you will love them.

Nick: In Red Flag, how much of a departure is your character Alex from the real Alex?
 


Alex: That is a good question. You know, the similarities and differences, it is hard to quantify it. I mean, I definitely harbor a lot of the insecurities and overall issues that the main character in the film has, but what I am trying to do is amplify them for comedic and dramatic effect.

Nick: The death anxiety your character has boils it down to “ready to die, ready to love.” Is he saying that he has hit rock bottom?

Alex: He feels an epiphany and his epiphany is that a lot of the main problems and fears that he is negotiating on a daily level, he discovers that all of his fears are a reverberation of a death and tragedy.

He feels like if he were in relationships, specifically if he got married, then a lot of his drive and ambition would plateau and that would be a form of death. So once he feels like there will be some sort of good forces and some obliteration of the shackles that have bound him subconsciously --he will be a new man who is in a position to really transition or transform himself.

Alex: What was your question again?

Nick:
If you have to hit rock bottom in order to find that...

Alex: Right. Yeah. For him to reach that epiphany, I think he also had to reach rock bottom.

Nick: Rubberneck -- which I loved -- I heard someone else was cast first. How did you end up in the role of Paul?

Alex: It took months to find someone that we were thrilled with. On the fourth day of production, [the actor formerly cast in the role] had a family crisis, and he had to leave the movie abruptly and we had to keep going, otherwise, all our money would evaporate. So I just did it. I stepped in and tried to fill in the shoes that he started creating.
 


Nick: Tell me about the character?

Alex: Paul has anxiety problems and anxious episodes that are a reverberation for something much more deeply buried.

I am not sure what Paul knows. He is not fully able to come to terms with the root of his anxiety and all the issues that he is nurturing. His obsession is just one symptom of what is underlying.

Nick: Are you having a great time being on the HBO series Girls?

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