FESTIVAL FILMMAKER SPOTLIGHT: JOSHUA SANCHEZ
Director: Joshua Sanchez
Festival Entry: Four
Over the course of a steamy 4th of July night, a father and daughter, each trapped in loneliness, reach out for sexual connection — he with a self-hating teenage boy, she with a smooth-talking wannabe homeboy — in this psychologically complex, beautifully acted drama.
Directed By: Joshua Sanchez
Executive Producer: Neil LaBute
Producer: Christine Giorgio
Screenwriter: Joshua Sanchez
Cinematographer: Gregg Conde
Editor: David Gutnik
Music: Bryan Senti
Cast: Wendell Pierce, Emory Cohen, Aja Naomi King, EJ Bonilla
We asked Four director Josh Sanchez about everything from his inspirations to his challenges while making his Festival entry film. Here’s what he had to say:
Who are you and what do you do?
I’m Josh Sanchez. I make films, I write and I make art.
Who were your early mentors in filmmaking?
The filmmaker Lodge Kerrigan really made me understand film in a whole new way. What I learned from him has stuck with me to this day and I love his work. Also, the photographer Allen Frame who has mentored so many artists for generations with his approach and his work.
Who/what influenced your perspective and creative decisions for your film?
I was influenced by the film ‘Faces’ by John Cassavetes and ‘Kids’ by Larry Clark, but also by the writing of John Cheever, the artist Darryl Ellis, whose work is featured in ‘FOUR’ and the music of Deerhunter.
What challenges did you face while making your film?
Lack of money, lack of time. It takes a lot of stamina to make a feature film, so it was a challenge to keep sane and healthy through the five years it took to make it.
What’s been the coolest experience with your film?
Getting to work with some of my heroes like Christopher Shinn, Neil LaBute, Allen Frame, the band Caveman, the music supervisor T. Cole Rachel, who is wonderful writer and poet.
What are you most excited to do/see at the LA Film Fest?
I’m excited to see the other competition films in documentary and narrative. I’m a big ‘Breaking Bad’ fan, so I’m excited to see the discussion with the cast and crew of that show.
Learn more about Josh Sanchez at joshuasanchez.net.
Make sure you check out Four at the LA Film Fest – get tickets at lafilmfest.com!
June 13th, 2012 • No Comments