Nor’easter Interview with Sarasota Film Festival

by Andrew

Sarasota Film Festival

@MySFF

The Sarasota Film Festival screenings are next month, April 13th and 14th at the Regal Hollywood 20 in Sarasota.

The festival was kind enough to conduct an interview with me in advance of those showings. Feel free to share it and spread the word.

Here’s a quote from the interview about the casting process, which is something I haven’t talked about much here:

SFF 2013: Tell us about the casting process, and in particular, about securing David Call for the film and what you feel he brought as a performer?

ANDREW BROTZMAN: David is a terrific actor and friend. He comes prepared and fearless. Can’t ask for much more.

But one thing that made hiring him very easy, besides the skill he’d demonstrated in a film I loved, TWO GATES OF SLEEP, was his deep and passionate knowledge about film history. We were able to reference unique films and directors and share a dialogue about them that made me very confident that we had the same goal on this picture.

It is easy to develop a bit of a glaze when you sit in a small room and see a new actor every ten minutes. The process has a habit of convincing you that no one will ever be right. But thankfully, when that person comes in, you know, because you sit up and take attention immediately. Rachel Brosnahan’s first audition was one of those, and I’m not surprised she’s been as well received as she has since she shot NOR’EASTER. She has a presence and flexibility within scenes that is enviable, and takes her work very seriously. The longest scene in the film, incidentally, belongs to her, and she made that day on set hers through preparation and inventiveness. She is the kind of actor I am always looking for: one who makes her own decisions at every single beat.