On Saturday, September 25, I had the pleasure of attending the premiere of As Good As Dead, starring Andie MacDowell and Cary Elwes. This indie thriller centers on the unsolved murder of a white supremacist pastor, and the violent acts committed to avenge his death. The film's premiere, which was held at the indieScreen theater in Brooklyn, NY, was part of the first annual "WILLiFEST," an arts festival in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. In addition to watching the film, I spoke with a number of the actors, producers, and screenwriters involved in the project.
Cast and Producers of As Good As Dead, from left to right:actors Nicole Ansari-Cox, Juliette Bennett, and Emma Kantor, producer/screenwriter Eve Pomerance, actor Matt Dallas, producer Heidi Jo Markel, and actor Frank Whaley
I first spoke with producer/screenwriter Eve Pomerance about her experience making the film. As with many films, this one had numerous roadblocks throughout the production process, including multiple finance issues and limited schedules from the actors. Through she faced challenging circumstances, Ms. Pomerance ultimately recruited a strong team and successfully finished the project.
Next, I chatted with Frank Whaley, the fantastic actor known for his roles in Pulp Fiction and Vacancy. The actor enjoyed playing the creepy ex-con Aaron, as he straddled being both the comic relief and a sinister presence in the story. Whaley's performance was one of the highlights of the film.
Frank Whaley and me!
I especially enjoyed chatting with the delightful Matt Dallas, who played the pastor's son Jake. Mr. Dallas is perhaps best known for his work on the ABC Family series Kyle XY. The actor explained that he was excited to act in As Good As Dead because it was a change of pace from his previous work. He liked exploring his layered character, and playing out the intense scenes with his fellow actors.
Matt Dallas and me!
Though As Good As Dead was a little too intense for me, it might just be the perfect thriller for Halloween if that's what you're looking for! Check it out when it opens at Quad Cinema in New York City on October 8.