A former world karate and kickboxing champion, film student, stuntwoman and now a filmmaker – how do you do it all?
Yes, I am indeed Superwoman. Believe it or not, it’s been almost ten years since I held the world champion title. I had just turned 18. Now, how old am I?
You’ve made two previous short films and co-produced a feature that had nothing to do with professional fighting. Why is it time now to combine your knowledge of boxing with filmmaking?
Because I wanted to practice on other projects before I did something that I was so passionate about. I don’t think anybody’s first project really turns out the way you want it to. Like everything else in life, you become a better filmmaker with practice.
Has your discipline in martial arts helped you through the rigors of film production?
Absolutely. No doubt. Without my Martial Arts history, I wouldn’t be half the filmmaker I am today.
Johnny Flynton is based on a true story. Can you shed some light on that story and why you chose it to base your film on?
It is based on a story that happened in the small German town I grew up in. There was a fighter that I knew and had some moments with when I was very young. I could tell he was really a kindhearted person, but he was misunderstood, mostly because people were afraid of him. Anyway, the real guy is still in prison to this day. I truly believe he is innocent.
Dash Mihok stars as the tragically shy boxer, Johnny Flynton. What drew you to him for the role?
I knew Dash from back in the day, although we were never really close friends. I did follow his career though, and I think he is the most unappreciated talent in Hollywood. The guy is a genius, yet nobody has dared to cast him as a leading man, because studios are small-minded and have no balls. I’m very proud of the fact that with Johnny Flynton, I proved that he should be up there with the big boys.
Did Dash have any previous boxing experience or did you have to…show him the ropes?
No, he never boxed before. Dash is one of those movement talents, that I used to hate when I was still training. He picked up boxing moves, that took me years to get down, in two weeks. Bastard!
Johnny Flynton has the look and feel of a big budget Hollywood release…in a shorter form. How did you pull off such high quality shine with such a little indie?
Lots of high skilled sexual favors! Ha, just kidding of course. I actually had to beg quite a bit, which was probably more time consuming. My DP, my producer and I asked for the best stuff in every department for free. Most of it we got, because people picked up on our passion for this project and all of them really liked the script. The same with the cast and crew. I don’t understand when indie filmmakers ask me how I got this composer or this actor, etc. I mean, if you’re already out there begging, why not aim high?
This short also has the emotional impact of a feature film. Any plans on turning Johnny Flynton into a feature?
When I first went into production, that was my goal. Now, I’m not so sure. It felt to me like I did a feature, so it’s like asking me to do the same film twice. Although, the feature script has a lot of cool elements to it as well. Who knows what the future holds, I have definitely been asked to make the feature several times, so the possibility is out there.
Are there any challenges you’re finding in building the story to a feature length?
No, I have the feature script and I like it. The only thing that I worry about is that the feature will not hold up to the great response the short has gotten.
Is filmmaking the final frontier for you or is there something else out there that you’d like to conquer? Basically…what lies in the future for Lexi Alexander?
Well, I’m sure if you ask me in ten years, I will be up to conquer something new, as we all should. For now, I feel like I have found my calling. ( Not only because directing is, as we know, the last existing dictatorship.) Right now I am reading lots of scripts and I will probably do a movie for a studio next. It’ll be interesting to work with an actual budget and most of all, I can’t wait to get paid for once. Oh, I am sooooo ready for that.
Posted on March 21, 2003 in Interviews by Eric Campos
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