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Foggy Isle Film Festival On The Horizon
A place that is never always focused on too much is Victoria, BC. A quaint little island that gets some film crews there once in a while (at least according to a service that I’m subscribed to). Now for the first time ever, Victoria is hosting an interesting type of short film festival called Foggy Isle Film Festival. But what kind of short films are being screened at this festival? Not local films, but rather international films, all that happen to be macabre and of the dark humour variety. This festival was created by Ashley Good as a special event for films that didn’t exactly in most festival lineups. We’re talking about films that get darker as they progress. Most people don’t really like the mushy-gushy of happy films, but prefer dark vibes instead. They would probably prefer a festival like this as it already sounds like a great festival. Here are just a few examples of films playing this year…
For the opening film, FIFF has a film from Iraq called Happy Birthday which tells the story of a young girl named Azhar who wants to be able to celebrate her birthday, but at the same time is dealing with her sick mother who is running out of medicine. Other interesting films include Five Course Meal which is about two friends who get involved in an experiment in order to obtain money, The Lover which is a movie about a jealous husband who wants to make sure his wife never leaves him, and the closing film Procession, where all kinds of strange individuals host a rather interesting musical funeral to mourn one of their lost community members. There’s lots more on the list, feel free to check it out here.
The Festival will be happening on September 26th, 2019 at the Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad St, Victoria BC). Be sure to check it out if you’re in Victoria around then. It’s sure to be a pretty good time!
In December, I had the opportunity to be interviewed by the lovely Mia Golden for Culture Vulture TV! This interview played on Shaw TV all across Vancouver Island over the month of January.
Thank you to Óscar Garrido at StephenKingShortMovies.com for asking me and the rest of In the Deathroom's cast to participate in your interview!
The complete interview is available at StephenKingShortMovies.com. Here are the first few questions:
SKSM: Could you start with telling me a bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?
Ashley Good: My name is Ashley, and I am an independent filmmaker and screenwriter from Victoria, British Columbia (Canada), as well as the Programming Coordinator at a local filmmakers society.
SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become a filmmaker?
Ashley Good: I decided to become a filmmaker when I realized that if I wanted to have any of my screenplays made, I was going to have to film them myself.
While Victoria’s film industry is growing, the majority of projects being shot here are backed by large American production companies, which won’t accept unsolicited screenplays. So you can’t get an agent, unless you’ve had your work produced, and you can’t get your work produced until you have an agent… It’s a real catch 22.
My first project was a “proof of concept” pilot for a potential series that I wrote. It was incredibly low budget (some of the actors even took turns working as boom ops), but as soon as I said “action” for the first time, I knew that I wanted to focus on filmmaking.
SKSM: When did you make In the Deathroom? Can you tell me a little about the production? How much did it cost? How long did it take to film it?
Ashley Good: In the Deathroom was shot over one day in October. It was one of the most straight forward productions that I have worked on, as I had a very clear mental image of how I wanted it to look. It was a tricky to explain my “game show” plans to the rest of the crew, but as soon as one of the leads, Ross Ogilvie (Escobar) said “Like Running Man!” the rest of the crew understood.
The entire production had a budget of less than $500 CAD.
SKSM: How come you picked In the Deathroom to develop into a movie? What is it in the story that you like so much?
Ashley Good: I picked In the Deathroom because it of its twisted underlying dark humour. My own projects have all been dark comedies, so I wanted to pick a Dollar Baby that I could hopefully do justice to. Popsy would have been interesting to attempt, but it would have been so out of my comfort zone to direct that I don’t believe I could have been true to the story.
Read the rest, here.