On the eve of the theatrical debut of Joe Swanberg’s SXSW 2007 hit, Hannah Takes the Stairs, I wanted to check in with each of the film’s principal collaborators. The film has been documented as a successful collaboration between acclaimed film artists from around the nation, each one offering their own trademark influence on the final film. Hannah Takes the Stairs will open at the IFC Center in New York, on August 22, as well as be available on IFC VOD the same day. As part of an ongoing series you can find throughout the film blogosphere, here is an interview with Hannah producer Anish Savjani (also the co-producer of Old Joy and Gretchen):
Me: How did you first get connected to Hannah Takes the Stairs?
Savjani: I met Joe at SXSW ’06 after watching LOL. Before we left, we committed to working together on Hannah.
Me: What do you remember most about the shoot in Chicago?
Savjani: Being in Denmark. I was in production there for Spencer Parsons’ upcoming I’ll Come Running, so Joe e-mailed me clips and updates.
Me: How did the production process differ from your own other projects, or projects you’ve worked on before or since?
Savjani: This was the first time I couldn’t actually be on set, but I had faith in Joe as a filmmaker and trusted his process. He did an amazing job.
Me: What are your thoughts on the issues of sex and relationships that come to the forefront of the film?
Savjani: They’re important and they matter to us all… but mostly I hope they make everyone watching feel uncomfortable.
Me: Ever been in a love triangle?
Savjani: Triangle, octagon, whatever.
Me: Did you ever work with “the stairs?” Any thoughts on why they didn’t make the cut?
Savjani: I’ll take that to the grave… Hannah’s got them. They didn’t make the cut cause Hannah took them.