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Meet the SXSW Filmmakers #27: Matthew & Kevin McManus, ‘Funeral Kings’

Meet the SXSW Filmmakers #27: Matthew & Kevin McManus, 'Funeral Kings'

Matthew and Kevin McManus are debuting their dark comedy “Funeral Kings” at this year’s SXSW Film Festival. What do they want SXSW audiences to take away from their film? “Water guns…” say the directors. “Seriously, we’re giving them away at the end of the screenings.”

What It’s About: Four irresponsible, naive, and impulsive kids find a gun. A dark comedy.

It’s always a good day for a funeral at St. Mark’s Middle School. Andy and Charlie, two altar servers, don’t just get to miss class anytime a parishioner kicks the bucket, they cut out early and play hooky as soon as the service is over. Eventually their irreverent personalities will put them in a situation that is too big for them to handle.

The directors say: “We got addicted to filmmaking during 5th or 6th grade. It was after a couple of school projects that we asked our dad if we could bring his camcorder to our best friend’s house. He was cool with it, as long as we were really careful… it didn’t take long for us to drive it into the ground. We filmed so much that it completely stopped working.”

On finding their cast: “Finding four capable 14-year-olds to carry the movie was definitely nerve-wracking. The first auditions we held were really eye opening- the film was going to fall flat if we didn’t find some amazing kids. After a ton of auditions across 4 different states, we found a cast that we’re incredibly proud of.”

On their inspirations: “We were reading a lot of plays by Martin McDonagh at the time. He finds the perfect blend of dark humor, believable characters, and a compelling storyline.”

Indiewire invited SXSW Film Festival directors to tell us about their films, including what inspired them, the challenges they faced and what they’re doing next. We’ll be publishing their responses leading up to the 2012 festival.

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