Robby Monroe

1. What is the story behind your film?

We wanted to tell a story that would resonate with people on a deep and emotional level; a story that would challenge the audience to experience the lives of these characters as they go through some of the most difficult situations a person can go through. We wanted to get at the heart of the human condition. Hopefully, we have succeeded.

2. What should people take away, gain, realize after watching your film?

Everyone’s right, and everyone’s wrong. And at the end of the day, we wanted to demonstrate that apart from Christ, life is ultimately hopeless.

3. Do you think that films can change people for the better or for the worse?

I believe films can help people to come to terms with themselves, and can act as a mirror to the inner self. The films a person enjoys watching can tell you a lot about them.

4. How was the creation of your project at the time of COVID-19?

It is imperative that we not live in fear.

5. What creation style did you use in the production of your project? What cameraman elements did you use?

As I set about to create this project, I was very keen to make it a collaborative effort. I try to give my team a high level of autonomy so that everyone feels valued and heard. It’s vital to approach everything with a certain level of humility.

6. How did you select the actors for your project?

I hand-picked the actors from all over the world after watching their reels and/or auditions.

7. Why do you think your film should appeal to distributors?

I believe this film is prime for streaming platforms. It’s rather long, so there’s the benefit of extended view time, which is good with regard to streaming, but it’s also a very human story. I believe it will connect with a large audience if given the chance.

8. At which festival has your film been screened?

Broadstairs FFI, SLATE IFF, Hong Kong IFF, Chicago Indie Film Awards, Kocise International Film Festival, Montreal Independent Film Festival, Boston Independent Film Awards, BRNO Film Festival, and Toronto Film and Script Awards

9. How did your acquaintances react when they first saw the film?

We have received unanimous praise from both acquaintances and audiences at screenings. More specifically, we have received very strong emotional responses from almost everyone who has seen the film.

10. If you could change something in your film, what would it be?

I may reshoot a number of scenes to improve some of the camera work, and get a better performance from a couple of characters.

11. Which movies are your favorites and why?

Garden State, because it feels so raw and real to me - and perhaps that has to do with the age I was when I first watched it.
Gone Girl, because it is a near perfect crime drama thriller.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice: Ultimate Edition, because despite the critics, the film is nearly perfect in its execution, and brings together my favorite heroes in a gripping drama that I just cannot get enough of.
The Princess Bride, because it’s just so much fun. Plus it holds a special place in my heart, because my wife and I have watched it so many times.
The Lord of the Rings Extended Trilogy, because it is a masterpiece of fantasy filmmaking.

12. What topics do you like to address in your stories?

I like to address difficult topics like religion, philosophy, suicide, loss, etc.

13. What is your motivation in making films?

I like to watch movies, and I don’t see enough movies like the ones I want to watch, so I make theM.

14. Which contemporary filmmakers motivate you the most?

David Fincher, Zack Snyder, Edgar Wright

15. What projects do you plan to shoot in the future?

I have a follow-up to My Sweet Treason planned as well as an action romance, but my ultimate goal is to shoot a Dragon Ball Z movie.