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by Nigel M Smith
January 17, 2014 10:22 AM
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Sundance: Rose McGowan on Finally Finding Her Calling as a Filmmaker and How Celebrities Ruined Crowdfunding

Rose McGowan on the set of "Dawn"

You have one coming up if I'm not mistaken.

Yeah! Gearing up.

What can you tell me about your feature debut?

It's about these two girls. One of them is dressed kind of like a Brooklyn hipster girl and the other ones going to be kind of like a California Coachella girl. These two girls are in the final night of a reality show competition to see who gets a walk on role as an actor on a TV show. And of course they both think they are going to be Oscar winners from it.

I'd like to find something that's gender neutral because I feel like I’m very feminine looking but my brain is fairly masculine. And even though "Dawn" is about a girl and what happens to girls, I’d like to think it's from neutral directorial perspective.

How far along is the feature?

I have half the financing. I want to do it in the next five months….

Are you going to hit up your fans via crowdfunding?

As an actor with a lot of money I feel like you should fund your own stuff. I feel like—not that I’m financially in the same position as those who crowd funded their own movies -- I feel like that’s a little shocking to me, frankly. I feel like it kind of ruined it for people who could really use the money.

Back to why you're directing now -- was there a film that marked a turning point for you? A film you worked on that turned you off of acting?

No. Actually the power went out in my house seven months ago. It went out for ten hours. I couldn’t get out of my house, the garage door was locked…I started actually thinking about my life and I had the realization that I’ve been in the wrong job this whole time and I never liked it. It doesn’t mean I’m not good at it and it doesn’t mean there aren’t aspects of it I enjoy, but it’s not what I’m meant to do. It doesn’t mean I’m not going to continue doing it because it's also fun, but so is gardening, so whatever. A little less gardening.

"As an actor with a lot of money I feel like you should fund your own stuff."

Do you ever see yourself directing yourself in the foreseeable future?

No. I have respect for people who write things for themselves to star in and direct themselves in. Much respect. I just personally don’t have any desire to do that. That’s not what interests me. Because I can interpret lots of things and I have interpreted lots of things and I have interpreted almost every emotion that one is meant to interpret at one point or another. So that part doesn’t interest me entirely.

How excited are you to be bringing "Dawn" to Sundance?

My second job was at a movie theater when I was 14 and my first job was at a funeral home moving bodies. So my second one was at a movie theater and they had me stand outside the theater. Looking back on it, I was the lure for people looking to buy tickets. So that's not unlike what it feels like to be like an actor anywhere, trying to drum up interest for someone to see a movie you are in. You feel like a lure. But to be there not as a lure, to be there in a solid capacity, as a creator is a hugely different experience.

Are you nervous at all?

Yes, of course. But not as nervous as I would be if i was going as an actor. Scratch that. I’m not nervous. I’m excited, I have nervous energy out of being excited. But to be honest, if I was going as an actress I would be.

Actors turned filmmakers face an especially tough time when trying to make a break for it in a new role. Do you worry about what preconceptions people have of you?

It doesn’t really weigh on my mind. It definitely has occurred to me, but it’s not my issue. Stereotypes are in place often times for a reason. And there’s exceptions to every rule. And hopefully, I’m an exception.


  • No homo International | January 22, 2014 12:46 PMReply

    British lying lezbo POS. If the Americans don't kill its sorry fat brit homo butt, which they will do, some like-minded real person will.

  • Anonymous | January 17, 2014 9:29 PMReply

    "I feel like it kind of ruined it for people who could really use the money."

    She is right, but the people who could really use the money are people who are dying of starvation. Lol. Any profits for those projects should go to charity. The donors usually do not even see a screenplay, and even then the screenplay could be adapted terribly, but it is too late because they have already donated to a piece of crap. It is just a gross waste of money and donating to help the rich get richer is obscene and another sign of the decline.

  • Ryan Strandjord | January 17, 2014 7:50 PMReply

    "I feel like it kind of ruined it for people who could really use the money"

    Really? There are a plethora of articles online already that refute this claim. If anything these celebrities are bringing MORE people to Kickstarter/Indiegogo which in turn helps those who "really" need the money because there are more people who are now comfortable donating to an indie filmmaker. Nobody is deciding whether or not to donate to Zach Braff or an unknown filmmaker from their hometown. It's not that kind of proposition.

  • Whatever | January 19, 2014 3:31 PM

    But it is a proposition that asks people to put up hard-earned money for a multi-billion dollar corporation. Sorry, but if Braff doesn't have the confidence in his own work, why should anyone else? And, beyond that, real investors get a return on their investment. Crowdfunding at its core is intended to be for those who truly NEED the funds, not just those who WANT the funds (which is why, when we discover that someone misused funds or garnered through crowdfunding, or misrepresented the reasons behind it) there's often an outcry. Here, it couldn't be more of a blatant theft. Here's a T-shirt, while Warner recoups millions. That's just bull. Clearly, though, you donated, and are sad that you've been shown as an obvious victim of a scam.

  • Daryl | January 17, 2014 11:07 AMReply

    It might just be me, but the interviewers questions aren't in bold. Made it a little confusing at the start.