Continuing our coverage of Mischa’s latest movie Deserted (so current, it just wrapped production a few weeks ago), director Ashley Avis has very kindly taken time out of her week to answer a few questions for us.
What we have with this project is something a little different to normal in the sense that Ashley was not only the director, but also the writer, location scout and I’m sure a million other things. Additionally, most of the crew were friends or relatives, so even in just my brief contact with Ashley, you can tell that a lot of heart and soul was put into the production of this film. That alone makes it one to watch.
As I mentioned, the movie has just wrapped production so we’re still a little while away from getting release info, but I hope the following Q&A gives you a glimpse into the making of the movie. I’m sure that after reading it through, you’ll be looking forward to seeing the finished film just as much as me.
It’s definitely a passion project – absolutely. I’ve written dozens of drafts of this script over the past three, three and a half years. As scripts do, Deserted has morphed and changed, ebbed and flowed.
It took about that amount of time (approximately three years) for both financing, and the right team to click into place as well.
What was your inspiration behind the screenplay?
Death Valley, first and foremost. A cinematographer I used to work with years ago showed me photos of Death Valley – the outstandingly, varying topography. Sand dunes, salt flats, mountains, pinnacles – I desperately wanted to shoot something, anything in a place like that.
Most of the screenplays I write start with a location, first. A place – a theme – and then the characters crawl out of the woodwork. I love finding them, weaving them. Watching them talk. The only thing in Deserted that’s particularly close to home for me is the relationship between Jae and Robin – I’m very close to my younger brother.
Thank you, that’s very kind. Jae is an incredibly complex character, and we needed an actress that could really dig deep into her psychologically. When we met with Mischa at our home in Venice – she came in with this beautiful openness and great story thoughts and questions about the script. We were all incredibly impressed.
As soon as Mischa was cast, she immediately flew into her process of getting into and understanding her character. She did a huge amount of research about women who had been incarcerated, the psychology of a character like Jae. Mischa was also great to work with on set – she worked incredibly hard, we were constantly talking about finding the truth in the dialogue and the character dynamics. Her performance truly matches how much she gave herself to the role. She was outstanding.
Click the read more link below for the rest of the interview.
Check out out the trailer for Mischa’s upcoming feature film Starcrossed also starring Grant Harvey, Eric Roberts and Kristin Carey. The movie will have its premiere at the San Diego Film Festival in a few days.
Also, here is an excerpt from an interview talking about Mischa’s involvement with the film.
Casting was the first task. Reed had Barton in mind because of the English roots of both the character and the actress. Once Barton had “loved” the script and signed on, they auditioned a ton of young male leads in LA, trying to find the right fit and the right chemistry.
Reed said that when Harvey and Barton were in a room together it was instantly “electric,” and they knew they had found their leads.
Reed said he thinks the movie is the best performance Barton has ever done, and he believes that Harvey, best known for a role on the TV show “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” is going to be a big star. Part of what makes their performances so good are Mohseni’s words, he said.
“What he wrote is so rich and so deep,” he said of the script, which he called darkly romantic, following two lost souls who make a connection over a matter of hours.
The film was shot over 16 days at the end of October 2013. Post-production work started in January, the beginning of a long march until just this week when all the details on the final cut were finished.
The full article is available via Del Mar Times.
Check out pics of Mischa (also joined by Kal Penn and Martin Sheen) at the New York premiere for Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain. The film has recently secured US distribution and after a lengthy editing and sales process, we should finally see the movie hit screens near the end of the year. The screening was presented by The Permanent Mission of the Government of India to The United Nations alongside Shara Movie Studios, The United Nations Office for Partnerships and Revolver Entertainment.
In case you missed it, also check out the thrilling trailer for the movie.
Lionsgate will be releasing Throwdown (previously known as Beyond Justice) from October 14 on DVD + VOD. Pre-order is currently available. Check out the trailer and brief synopsis below.
Justice takes on a whole new meaning when the dark mob thriller Throwdown arrives on DVD (plus Digital), Digital HD and Video on Demand October 14 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. From producer Phillip B. Goldfine (Puncture Wounds), the ensemble cast stars Vinnie Jones (X-Men: The Last Stand), Mischa Barton (TV’s “The O.C.”), Timothy Woodward Jr. (Finders Keepers: The Root Of All Evil), with Luke Goss (Death Race: Inferno) and Danny Trejo (Machete). Featuring behind-the-scenes interviews, the Throwdown DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $26.98.
A young criminal defense attorney struggles with a homicide case that is not as cut-and-dried as it appears once the mob gets involved, and he quickly realizes that to keep himself and his client alive, he must work outside of the law.
Check out the teaser trailer for Mischa’s upcoming role in L.A. Slasher. The trailer is really well done and makes the movie look like a lot of fun, can’t wait!
We are still currently awaiting details of a release date, but with distribution pretty much locked in, it shouldn’t be too far away. You can also read an excerpt from the press release below.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (August 18, 2014) – A new trailer has been released for the up-and-coming film “L.A. Slasher,” directed by Martin Owen and produced by Jeffrey Wright and Daniel Sollinger (“Girls Against Boys”, “The Alphabet Killer”). The satire, which is making waves in social media, has also recently been picked up by Archstone Distribution to handle its international sales.
The film offers a tongue-in-cheek review of reality TV, and the undue admiration for people who are famous for simply being famous. In the feature, the L.A. Slasher publicly abducts a series of reality TV stars, while the media and general public in turn begin to question if society is better off without them. “L.A. Slasher” explores why it has become acceptable and even admirable for people to become influential and wealthy based on no merit or talent – purely through notoriety achieved through shameful behavior.
USA Today has shared the trailer from one of Mischa’s upcoming movies Mining for Ruby.
It appears as though the movie will be available for download via VOD from August 1st. Mischa only shot for this movie for a very short time, so it appears that she’ll likely only have limited screen time.
Mining for Ruby unearths love, Alaskan style.
Directed by Zoe Quist, the indie drama — on video on demand beginning Aug. 1 — stars Daniel Ponickly as a widower named Jack who’s in a downward spiral of depression, and Antoinette Kalaj is Ruby, a grad student studying environmental engineering in the 49th state, where the movie was actually filmed.
After incessant persuading from his sister (Mischa Barton), Jack finally leaves the cozy confines of his cabin in Alaska and luckily meets and falls quickly for Ruby. However, this love story is not destined to be an easy one — she not only has a psycho ex (Jonathan Bennett) who likes a good scrap but Ruby also throws the whole town into a tizzy when, against the advice of her professor (Billy Zane), she inadvertently gets embroiled in a poisonous waste crisis.
Source: USA Today
Here is the teaser poster for Mischa’s upcoming role in Cloudland co-starring Drew Fuller, Katie Parker and Adi Shankar.
Whether or not they’re are familiar with his name, horror fans definitely know the output of screenwriter Jeffrey Reddick. Having conceptualized the FINAL DESTINATION franchise as well as written the scripts for TAMARA and the 2008 remake of DAY OF THE DEAD, Reddick now hopes to further his prolific presence in the horror genre with his newest project, CLOUDLAND.
Aiming to become the feature length debut of short-form director Alex Bram, CLOUDLAND follows an investigative reporter on the heels of a cult’s prophecy following the murder of his young sister, which may be paranormal in nature. Reddick is overseeing the production as executive producer, with writing duties going to Bram and Martin Aguilera.
CLOUDLAND also sports an impressive cast, including Drew Fuller (CHARMED), Adi Shankar (THE VOICES), Katie Parker (ABSENTIA) and Mischa Barton (THE SIXTH SENSE). The film, set to lens in Los Angeles this fall, also will include the work of SFX team PRPVFX, who left their mark on the horror genre in last year’s splattery EVIL DEAD remake. You can see the first poster for CLOUDLAND below, and keep an eye out for more updates on CLOUDLAND as they come.
Here is the teaser trailer for Mischa’s upcoming role in the movie 24 Hours.
Hollywood, CA – Mischa Barton joins veteran action stars Tom Sizemore and Michael Paré in the race against time action/thriller ’24 Hours’ aka ‘Countdown to Zero’ for Status Media & Entertainment and Puppy Entertainment as Lead Special FBI Agent in Charge Melanie Hamlin.
The high intensity thriller centers around a manhunt for infamous bio-terrorist Damian White (Tom Sizemore) after what appears to be a simple heist becomes a dangerous hostage situation. As the FBI’s local field agent in charge, Melanie (Mischa Barton) must coordinating with Police Captain Ryan (Michael Paré) guide Ryan’s “man on the ground”, Officer Chris Cutter (Timothy Woodward Jr) and keep a sticky situation from turning into a deadly standoff.
The feature is directed by Timothy Woodward Jr., and is the second project he and Mischa have worked on together.
Trailer via Puppy Entertainment