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Meet the 2014 Tribeca Filmmakers #6: How ‘Junebug’ Writer Angus MacLachlan Overcame Anxiety to Make ‘Goodbye to All That’

Meet the 2014 Tribeca Filmmakers #6: How 'Junebug' Writer Angus MacLachlan Overcame Anxiety to Make 'Goodbye to All That'

Angus MacLachlan who wrote the screenplay for the much beloved “Junebug,” helms “Goodbye to All That” a romantic comedy starring Paul Schneider and Heather Graham. In addition to screenwriting and directing, he’s also acted written plays and acted on stage. MacLachlan told Indiewire that he had to “overcome the anxiety of going into the unknown.” 

Tell us about yourself? I live in Winston Salem, NC which is where “Goodbye to all That” was shot, and takes place. I’m married and have a 12 year-old daughter. I have worked as an actor, mostly on stage, and a playwright, as well as a screenwriter. My first play produced in NYC, “The Dead Eye Boy, starred Lili Taylor. Phil Morrison, who directed “Junebug,” illuminated what I had imagined in that film.

One doesn’t write a screenplay or play to just be read, it must exist in time and space. So, with “Goodbye to All That” the greatest satisfaction in directing was feeling like the idea, intention, and image was realized and the process was completed.

Biggest challenge in completing this project? First, getting somebody to say yes. Then, being my first time directing, the biggest challenge was overcoming the anxiety of going into the unknown. But I found that was really just 3AM terrors. Aside from that there was the marathon aspect of energy conservation.
What do you have in the works? I have a script I’ve written called “Saltwater” that I want to direct. I’m looking for producers, collaborators and financiers. Simple. I also have a project that Phil Morrison is going to direct. An adaptation of Turgenev’s “Fathers and Sons”
Did you crowdfund? If so, via which platform? And if not, why? No we did not. We cobbled it together from individual investors who were familiar with my work and wanted to be a part of it.
What films have inspired you? The films of Renoir, WIlliam Wyler, Bergman, Ozu, Coen Bros, American 1970’s, Italian Neo-realism and the Archers.

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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