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Meet the 2014 Tribeca Filmmakers #10: Andrew Betzer on the ‘Exhausting’ Journey of Making ‘Young Bodies Heal Quickly’

Meet the 2014 Tribeca Filmmakers #10: Andrew Betzer on the 'Exhausting' Journey of Making 'Young Bodies Heal Quickly'

The road trip movie is often filled with laughs, thrills and a much-need inner journey, but as writer/director Andrew Betzer knows from the production of his film “Young Bodies Heal Quickly,” it’s also filled with many locations that offer both a whole new perspective on the world and a lot of logistical problems throughout the production process.

Tell us about yourself. My name is Andrew. I work at Cineric in Hell’s Kitchen, New York City. We restore and preserve a wide array of motion pictures. When I’m not doing that, I pursue my avocation…writing and directing films. I started off slowly, making short films for 10 plus years. Recently, I made my first feature film, “Young Bodies Heal Quickly.” I live with my wife and 2 1/2 year old son.

What was your biggest challenge in completing this project? The biggest challenge that this project provided was its diverse locations. It may or may not seem like it, but we covered an ambitious amount of ground for a micro budget, first feature. It was a road movie….and we were ALWAYS on the road. Exhausting. That coupled with the fact that a good part of the cast came from different countries and states. It made for a lot of logistical juggling.

What do you have in the works? A feature film currently entitled “Sanctimonious Kid.” Maybe something episodic as well….a format that is getting popular with independent filmmakers. If you can’t beat ’em…join ’em.

Did you crowdfund? If so, via which platform? And if not, why? No….I have no fan base to draw from and if I want to beg money from my friends and family, I like to do it directly.

What camera did you shoot on? A succession of poorly maintained Arriflex SR 2 and SR 3 cameras and one wonderful buttery smooth Aaton XTR…..all in super16mm.

Did you go to film school? If so, which one? Yes, I went to University of Maryland Baltimore County (aka UMBC, aka University of Maryland’s Bastard Child).

What films have inspired you? Too too many. For this project I had a few in mind….”Welcome Home Soldier Boys,” “Wake In Fright,” Michael Ritchie’s “The Survivors,” “Two Lane Blacktop” (of course), & more.

Indiewire invited Tribeca 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 2014 festival. Go HERE to read all the entries.

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