JAKE TOREM: LILLIAN’S ADDICTION

You suffered quite a bit of hardship in getting this film out there. Can you tell us a little about this process just as a way to inform other filmmakers who might get themselves caught up in distribution hell? ^ The question itself is hell, but here’s my advice:
Be very clear in what you want and don’t make assumptions.
Don’t kiss ass and don’t roll over at the first sign of an offer. An advance can be tough, but just because there’s no advance, doesn’t mean you have to become a long stretch of road for someone to drive over. Make someone work for what they’re getting. It’ll only increase the value in what you have.
And don’t cut corners – do the math and do the research! Don’t move into a deal without a lawyer. No matter how approachable the company is, or friendly. That’s the first sign of red business alert – forming that holier than thou trustworthy friendship. You trust the guy, so why not give him the film for free? Make someone commit to something. Don’t feel so low about what you did so passionately that you don’t have needs or standards. In the end – if what you want in exchange for your movie to play in a theater is a 16mm print of “ A Boy and his Dog “ and the last two payments on your car made and you feel like going there –DO IT! Don’t be afraid to blow the deal. The best deal is the one you can walk away from.
There’s a kind of… well… shocking act that takes place at the end of the movie, though I am told some guys like that sort of thing. Ever have that done to you? And, if so, uh, how was it? ^ No doubt the dark little corners in my mind serve as motivation for the shit that goes down in LTL. But I almost regret to say that no, my sexual deviance has not yet taken that twist. If it did, than one thing is for sure… I’d be making bank right now because I’d be able to say LTL was based on a true story.
I’m sure you plan to take all the lessons from this film into the next one, so what is your next film project? ^ Next up is “The Last Poem,” a magical ill-fated love story that takes place in an alternate world. It’s unique all right. There isn’t anything else like it out there and that’s the reason I’m so drawn to it. It is a little more broad and bittersweet than LTL, but that’s certainly not to say it isn’t filled with its own measure of heartache. And dysfunction. Let’s not forget the dysfunction.




Posted on October 25, 2002 in Interviews by
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