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Conrad Jackson: Director, FALLING OVERNIGHT

February 18, 2013

Conrad Jackson1Q: Tell us a little about the origins of FALLING OVERNIGHT, from concept to financing.

Parker, the lead of the film, and I met on a comedy pilot I was directing. Shortly after the pilot wrapped he and I discussed taking on the task of making a feature length drama. He introduced me to his writing partner Aaron. The meeting that was going to be an hour soon became an entire night, from which the seed of Falling Overnight took root. Next, was the financing which was actually pretty easy. Nobody would give us money. Therefore, we didn’t have any. I owned most of the production and post production gear which is really a Canon 5D and a laptop with final cut. So our costs were gonna be from crew and food. To keep crew costs down Elizabeth and Jed our two producers along with Parker, Aaron and myself all performed about six positions each. I don’t recommend shooting a film this way but if the alternative is gonna be not shoot one at all- well get ready to be exhausted. Once the ball is rolling the motivation to raise money starts to be noticed. In the end we managed to squeeze some cash out of a few investors as well as friends and family. Luckily the investors have seen the movie and are thrilled with what their money helped create.

2Q: Cinequest is proud to host the World Premiere of FALLING OVERNIGHT. Explain to the audience how you feel about bringing this film before audiences for the first time, and what experience do you expect from your first film festival as a feature filmmaker?

I’m thrilled and amazed. Every day of the shoot seemed like it would be the last. When you’re shooting on locations that are open to the public or in neighborhoods where the number of cars without tires is greater than ones with tires- everyday is a miracle. To now have the chance to experience this movie with an audience is truly surreal.

3Q: What was your best and/or worst experience while making FALLING OVERNIGHT?

My best experience was getting to edit a scene of the movie which took place on the top of a mountain. I was really happy with the way it came out. My worst experience was filming on top of that mountain. It was cold and grueling. Power was nonexistent. Oh yeah, and it was an hour and a half hike to the top, no roads for cars. This meant we had to carry everything up the mountain–a lot of very heavy gear, food for the cast and crew, etc… Then we had to bring it back down– in the dark, after 12 hours of shooting in the freezing cold. It’s one of those moments I don’t know if I would be able to do again.

4Q: Festival audiences often have to make hard decisions about what to see, and the catalog descriptions sometimes run together. In your own words, why should people see your film?

People should see Falling Overnight because it’s an uncompromising honest love story between a 22-year-old and a 19-year-old. With a soundtrack of over twenty seven songs including one that Aaron, Parker and I wrote– and we’ve never written a song. Brilliant!

5Q: The current market for independent films is fractured, to put it lightly, and existing distribution models grow more ineffective with each passing moment. What are your hopes or plans for distribution?

I’d like to have a theatrical release, for the old timers of hollywood, to give me a chance to direct bigger budget films. However, because of the new market place my career does not live and die by hollywood. I will definitely use all the new avenues and portals for distribution to reach out to audiences.

FALLING OVERNIGHT is one of my favorite films ever.  Now available on Netflix, DVD and Instant Video.

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