1Q: Tell us a little about the origins of IN THE COMPANY OF WOMEN, from concept to financing.
Shogi Silver– my brother and I had each gone through some very life-changing events in our respective romantic relationships. I had just broken up with my fiancée and my mind was swirling with these concepts of my life before and my life after because it felt like such a chasm had opened up. I wanted to find an outlet for these feelings and to explore them. Hence the writing of a film about the myriad ways in which women shape the lives of men, often without realizing it. We sought private financing and, because we got such a positive response about the screenplay, we were off to the races with a high six-figure budget, just enough to get us through principal photography.
2Q: Cinequest Film Festival is hosting the World Premiere of IN THE COMPANY OF WOMEN. Explain to us how it feels to bring this film before audiences for the first time, and what do you think their reaction will be to your film?
Kahlil Silver– it’s always a nerve-wracking and intimate experience when an artist reveals his/her work to the world. I’m excited though, because there is nothing like revealing something of oneself and having that appreciated and reflected back. I think there will be a positive response and I can’t wait to hear the feedback. I think there is something that everyone in an audience can connect to.
3Q: What was your best and/or worst experience while making IN THE COMPANY OF WOMEN.
Kahlil– My best experience making IN THE COMPANY OF WOMEN for me was my relationship with Paul and Shogi off the set. There was an ease and a closeness that allowed me to make directorial decisions that may have made me uncomfortable with many other leads. It is always a gift for me when I can work with people that I know well. For me that was the best part of making IN THE COMPANY OF WOMEN.
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?
Shogi – This is a great festival with a lot of great films. I think IN THE COMPANY OF WOMEN is one people should see at Cinequest in particular because it’s a film that will stick with you. I think it’s a film that speaks to men and women of all ages and takes a look at relationships from unexpected perspectives.
5Q: Time to pre-plan: You just won the Oscar for IN THE COMPANY OF WOMEN. Give us your acceptance speech.
Kahlil – Well, first I would stumble on my way up to the podium and then pretend it was an accident. Then: “We’d like to thank everyone involved in every aspect of IN THE COMPANY OF WOMEN. A film is a massive undertaking and it’s remarkable how many people and how much collaboration is needed to make a film. It’s not possible to thank those behind the scenes profusely enough. They don’t get the chance to shine or get the appreciation they deserve. So thank you.”