Director Michael Petroni is ready to dig up the ghosts of his past in his new film “Backtrack.” Adrien Brody plays a troubled psychologist who suffers from nightmares and visions. He uncovers a terrible secret shared among his patients, one that holds the key to a disturbing, repressed memory.
What’s your film about in 140 characters or less?
It’s about a psychologist who finds out that his patients are actually ghosts that hold the secret to unlocking a repressed memory of an event in his childhood.
Now what’s it REALLY about?
Tell us briefly about yourself.
I feel like my last answer revealed a lot about myself. but here’s some more – I’m Australian but have lived in the US for 20 years. I recently moved back to Australia for my family. I’m a writer-director, in that order. I started out writing and still see it as my main path of expression. I love directing and it’s a great antidote to writing – interacting with other people and going out on location beats sitting at a desk, hands down. Some stories I just can’t imagine anyone else directing – Backtrack was one of them. Other stories I am happy to hand to a director with a particular sensitivity that enhances my story.
What do you want the Tribeca audience to take away from your film?
What cameras did you shoot on?
Arri Alexa and we used Cooke lenses. We debated anamorphic lenses but went with Cooke which I’m pleased about. The film really looks beautiful. Stefan Duscio did a great job as DOP. The Alexa was amazing, especially in low light conditions. Sometimes I’d look up from the split and I literally couldn’t see the person’s face next to me but the camera made it look like the afternoon.
Did you crowdfund?
If so, via what platform. If not, why?
Did you go to film school? If so, which one?
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