|CREVE COEUR, MO. aka (Broken Heart, Missouri)|
director Kimberly McCullough
WE LOVE SOAPS: Hi Kimberly, can you tell us a little about CREVE COEUR, MO. aka (Broken Heart, Missouri)?
KIMBERLY MCCULLOUGH: The film is written by Stephanie Sanditz, and I first read this script about eight years ago and loved it then. I didn't feel like I was in a position to get it made until now. It's based in a town outside of St. Louis, Missouri called Creve Coeur, which I actually visited about a year ago because I wanted to see what the place is really like.
It takes place in 1993, which is exactly when I was in high school so I can relate. It's a really beautiful script which is a cross between American Beauty and Juno. You have this family who is trying to look good to the rest of the community but has issues that they are not being dealt with, as well as the main character Alex, who is this quirky character who sees the world in an unique kind of way, and her journey to find beauty and romance.
WE LOVE SOAPS: Will you have the opportunity to film the movie in Creve Coeur?
KIMBERLY MCCULLOUGH: We would love to shoot in the actual town, we have the support of the town and the mayor has actually read the script and loves it. We are really hoping to film it there, unfortunately there aren't any tax incentives, so we won't know until we get our final budget.
WE LOVE SOAPS: Can you discuss the decision to use IndieGoGo to help get the film made?
KIMBERLY MCCULLOUGH: We actually met the head of IndieGoGo and he's a really cool guy who supports the project and wanted us to be there to advertise on his site. We already have some private investors who are interested in matching our goal. It's just the initial capital ($100K) is the hardest to get.
Investors want to see that there's an audience for films before they invest. We are really confident that our goal of $100K will be the real reason why that movie will get made. Hollywood is in a really strange state right now, where movies that are being made are based on a book or a sequel. There are very few movies with original content that are being green-lit, the reason places like IndieGoGo exist is because people like myself and writers like Stephanie, want to go see original movies. We want be moved, and see things that are different, films with creativity that aren't necessary attached to large franchises. It's really important right now that people support and donate to the type of art that you would like to see because film making is a form of art.
WE LOVE SOAPS: It was recently announced that Zach Knighton star of hit shows HAPPY ENDINGS and FLASH FORWARD, and films The Hitcher, Surfer Dude and upcoming Teddy Bears has signed on to Creve to play Jimmy Cash. Can we expect more casting news to come?
KIMBERLY MCCULLOUGH: Yes. I am in talks with someone right now to play Alex, but I can't announce it, until it's official. That's the thing, the more money we raise helps because it builds momentum. Zach was excited to join because we put things in motion. Actors gets excited about that because actors love meaty roles.
There are six really great parts in this film; they are very performance orientated, where if they are done right they could be nominated for Golden Globes and Oscars. The more momentum we have the more actors will be interested, but in the meanwhile we are definitely going after other cast members.
WE LOVE SOAPS: You are very busy working on getting funding and casting, but how excited are you about directing your first feature film?
KIMBERLY MCCULLOUGH: It really has been my dream since I was 10 years old, sitting in the booth at GENERAL HOSPITAL, and logging scenes. I wouldn't commit the next two years of my life to this film if I didn't think it was wonderful and want to put it out there. It really fits with my style, my sense of humor and I'm so excited to be able to shoot. I think the most I've directed was five days, and it's always so sad when I'm done shooting because I have barely gotten a taste.
I'm in love with the movie but I hope, pray and cross my toes that it's the beginning of my career as a feature film director. The past few days has been amazing because so many GH fans have been so supportive and I love each and every one of them.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Be sure sure to follow Kimberly McCullough (@whitewatercrew) and the film (@CreveCoeurFilm) on Twitter. On Saturday July 13th, Kimberly will be taking part of a live twitter Q&A session so make sure to follow both accounts on twitter for more information.
Most importantly please support the film's fundraising effords by visiting http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/creve-coeur-mo-aka-broken-heart-missouri. Every little bit goes a long way, plus you can collect some awesome prizes for donating.
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