Akron – Love Now


Sasha KingBrian O'Donnell

Saturday, October 10 @ 2:00 PM

Katherine A. Hickman Theater

Brian O’Donnell and Sasha King are incredibly talented individuals.  As a team, they are a force of nature!  They published a beautiful summary of their film.  Rather than summarize, steal from it or plagiarise it completely, I decided to just put the link here.  You should check it out.

 

They also agreed to answer some questions specific to their film screening at TIGLFF.

Where was the first screening (that you attended) of your first film? 

BRIAN

I made a short film in class at NYU that was screened with other shorts at Tisch.  It had a loose script and a group of my actor friends improvised dialogue and got up to trouble in a dorm room.  It was fun.

SASHA

For me it was a film called Rosebud (‘Ros’ as gaeilge) that I had the pleasure of winning the funding for from the Irish Film Board and making back in 2003. We premiered it at The Galway Film Fleadh. It was shot on 35mm and delivered on 35mm and that was one heck of a learning curve for me as a producer!

What was your first experience at a “gay” movie? What did you see, where did you see it and who was with you?

BRIAN

What comes to mind is a film festival in a raw space in Los Angeles in 1994. I was just beginning to fully realize that yes, I was in fact gay, when a friend of mine invited me to a Queer shorts film festival.  The films were all by gay directors with gay themes and actors.  I can still clearly remember one short that had two cute actors half-dressed in sailor outfits kissing to My Bloody Valentine’s song Only Shallow.  It was all very early-90’s.  And after the festival, my friend and I went home, put the song on the CD player, and became closer friends.

SASHA

I went to see The Rocky Horror at a cinema in Dublin when I was about 16 not realizing it was a full on audience all-inclusive experience. It was an electric atmosphere cinematically and theatrically.

If you could not make movies, what creative outlet would you choose?

BRIAN

I am also a visual artist, working mostly in watercolor, although some of my newer work uses sequins.  So I would paint more.  I should paint more regardless.

SASHA

I love painting also and have dabbled since I can remember, more recently I have become fascinated with tapestries and weaving. I want a loom!

With a shout out to James Lipton, what turns you on? What turns you off?

BRIAN

I’m turned on by that feeling you get when you’re alone in a foreign country and don’t speak the language and wonder how it could be that are there and are feeling fantastic, which is a similar feeling to being a director on the set of a film.  I am turned off by a sense of entitlement, which is always false.

SASHA 

Gosh where do I start… lol …obviously the thrill of developing a concept into a multi media movie is incredibly attractive to me. Figuring out and conquering the multiple aspects is part of that excitement. Day 1 of production on set and the process of marrying music with visuals are both pretty high up there for me!

Do you think your film is particularly relevant to the Tampa Bay area?

BRIAN 

I have never been to Tampa Bay, sad to say.  But we did film scenes in Jacksonville and at Ocean Pond in the Osceola National Forest, which was beautiful.  And Florida factors into a joke in the film that that might offend or give a chuckle.

SASHA

AKRON is about family and love, starring two incredibly talented and handsome young men. I would say it is relevant to Tampa Bay.

 

 

 

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