What it's about:"The Bounceback" is an outrageous comedy about love and revenge in Austin, Texas.
What it's really about: "It's a sweaty, grungy, sexy, beer-soaked, romantic, music-fueled tribute to the only city I've ever called home - Austin, Texas. And there's Air Sex. If you don't know what that is, YouTube it and shake your head in wonder and embarrassment."
On the biggest challenges: "The casting process for this film took over a year. I guess it shouldn't have been such a huge surprise since we had 6 lead roles to fill. Once the two co-writers and I got the script where we wanted it to be, we started sending it out to agencies. We then got to meet a lot of young, talented actors, sometimes in person, sometimes only via Skype. At various points, we'd have all 6 of the leads, then we'd lose a couple, gain one more, lose another 3. It was the first time I've ever gone through that process - for my previous films, I've either written parts specifically for actors I know, or just done casting locally in Austin. But, we ultimately ended up with the exact right cast for the movie. Everyone brought so much more to their parts than what was on the page."
What he hopes audiences will walk away with: "This is frankly the first time I've made a film where I want audiences to feel good at the end, and not like they've been put through a tough, cathartic experience. The other films I've made definitely had humor and (hopefully) some entertainment value, but my agenda with them was to really challenge an audience to go along on a ride that might be unpleasant at times, peopled by characters who sometimes do awful things to each other. This one is challenging, too - we try to push the envelope with some pretty raunchy humor - but at the end, I want people to feel like they took a fun, even joyful ride with flawed but lovable characters."
What's next: "The next project is an original script of mine called "San Miguel". It's about a sister and brother who chase their father down to
Mexico after he abandons their mother. But, he doesn't want to be found
and he gets his new friends in the expatriate community of San Miguel de
Allende to thwart their attempts to find him. It's a dysfunctional
family chase comedy, but it also flirts with darkness and tragedy. I've
been developing it for a couple years with Megan Gilbride, who produced
"The Bounceback" and "Lovers of Hate," my last feature. We hope to shoot it
before the end of the year."
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