This week saw an exclusive preview screening of the new independent drama The Motel Life, starring Stephen Dorff, Kris Kristofferson, Dakota Fanning, and Emile Hirsch. The film will be released in select theaters on November 8, and was directed by brothers Alan and Dave Polsky. The film, about two brothers living on the fringes of Reno, Nevada, won the Audience Award at this year’s Rome Film Festival.
The screening was used as a platform for a discussion on acting for indie films, and was followed by a panel featuring three of our educators – Allen Gorney (Course Director, Creative Writing Portfolio 1 & 2), Kevin O’Neal (Course Director, Directing for Film), and Peter Gordon (Course Director, Directing Talent).
The group have all worked within the professional acting community for a number of years, and held a Q+A session with students that covered the artistic, procedural, and economic concerns of working with talent in low budget filmmaking. Topics covered the importance of dialog that “crackles,” how courting different levels of talent can increase your funding, and the appeal of independent films for allowing actors to show their range outside of the traditional Hollywood movie template.