“Bare,” the first feature film from director Natalia Leite, stars Dianna Agron as Sarah, a bored girl in a Nevada desert town looking for a way out. When she meets Pepper (Paz de la Huerta), a seductive female drifter, Sarah is led down a dangerous path of illicit drugs and seedy strip clubs. When the two enter into a romantic relationship, Sarah is inspired to leave her old life behind and see who she can become.
What’s your film about in 140 characters or less?
After a lifetime of living in her sheltered and rural hometown, without any apparent means of changing a certain fate, Sarah (Dianna Agron) discovers a possible way out in Pepper (Paz De La Huerta), a mysterious female drifter. Through Pepper’s influence, Sarah is motivated to take a job at a highway strip club where Pepper sells drugs. But as their friendship develops into a romance, Sarah soon finds herself trapped in a double life and quickly realizes what happens when real life collides with fantasy.
Now what’s it REALLY about?
It’s about a girl coming into her own and realizing that her future is wide open and that she can be the ultimate creator of her own reality.
Tell us briefly about yourself.
I grew up in Sao Paulo, Brazil. I went to art school and then moved to New York and began making films. In the past three years I’ve been working with filmmaker Alexandra Roxo, who produced “Bare”, under our company Purple Milk. We’ve done a number of projects together – docs for Vice media, music videos, a 10-episode web show. I love dark chocolate, karaoke, taking risks, and meditate regularly.
Biggest challenge in completing this film?
It took a while to pull the financing together. Alexandra & I were producing a feature for the first time together and it was just about meeting the right people who were not just talkers but would actually see it through with the financing.
What do you want the Tribeca audience to take away from your film?
That it could inspire people to make bold choices and to be themselves, even if it means going against what their family or hometown expects of them. For Sarah, creating change in her life starts just by experimenting and figuring out what she doesn’t want.
Any films inspire you?
Many. Love the films of Andrea Arnold, Lynn Ramsey, David Lynch, Harmony Korine, the comedy of Alexander Payne. Fish Tank, My Summer of Love, The Last Picture Show, to name a few.
My creative partner and I are working on the second season of our web show Be Here Nowish that we will be releasing in the summer and also developing new scripts!
What cameras did you shoot on?
Did you crowdfund?
If so, via what platform. If not, why?
No. We’ve done kickstarter for other projects but it wasn’t the right fit for this feature.
Did you go to film school? If so, which one?
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 2015 festival. For profiles go HERE.