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3 Mar 2013

COLD BLOODED - A INDIE FILM THAT'S RUNNING RED AND GOLD

By David Lee Andrews   Posted at  10:00   INDIE-FILM

COLD BLOODED In 1959 the famed novelist, Truman Capote, wrote his award winning novel, 'In Cold Blood'. Just the other day I asked the famed filmed director, Jason Lapeyre, if this novel was somehow connected to his award winning film, 'Cold Blooded'. And do you know what he told me? Do you know what he actually said? He said 'No'. To see what else Jason come up with, please check out this conversation I had with him for the full 411. I thank you.


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1) In your own words, Jason, how would you describe ‘Cold Blooded’? And can you compare it to a film or a combination of films?   'Cold Blooded' is a crime film. I very consciously wanted to make a pure crime movie, something in the vein of the great Elmore Leonard adaptations -- like 'Out Of Sight', 'Jackie Brown', or 'Get Shorty'. Something very much about criminals and cops as real people doing their jobs.

2) What are your own origins? Plus what path did you take in life to get into this movie making business?   Like most filmmakers, I've loved movies since I was a kid. I went to film school and started screenwriting around 2000. I directed music videos for a few years -- that was my introduction to the director's chair -- and Cold Blooded was my first feature, which I made at the beginning of 2011. Since then I've actually made three more features! It's been a busy couple of years.

3) If 'CB' was a song, what song would it be and why?   Great question! I'll have to make the obvious choice and say - it *is* a song: Cold Blooded by James Brown. It's down and dirty, just like my movie.




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4) Have you received any positive praise or feedback in the press?   The greatest feedback was winning the Audience Award for Best Canadian Film at the 'Fantasia Film Festival', and then getting programmed at the legendary 'Fantastic Fest' in Austin. But we've been fortunate enough to have gotten almost entirely positive reviews in the press as well. Here are a couple of my favorites:

"Driven by memorable characters and loaded with stomach churning tension, Cold Blooded is intense, harrowing and all kinds of brilliant – one of the year’s best thrillers just waiting to be discovered. 4.5 out of 5 Stars" -- Moviedex

"The cast is uniformly strong, the premise has a nice hook, and things actually get pretty dark and nasty before all is said and done. Fun stuff". -- Scott Weinberg, FEARnet

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5) If you could assign a smell to your movie, what odour would it be, and again, why?   The antiseptic smell of a hospital with the whiff of gunpowder just around the corner. As for why, you'll just have to see the movie.

6) What were the main obstacles you had to overcome to complete this project?   As with the making of any film, there were obstacles at every stage. Financing, production, editing. But really, it was just staying in the game long enough -- over 10 years! -- to realize my dream of directing a feature film that I'm proud of. I have to say a huge shout out of thanks here to my producers, Leah Jaunzems and Tim Merkel, for helping me realize that dream.




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7) If you could get a well known celebrity – either living or dead – to promote ‘CB’, who would you get, and why would you choose this particular person?   You know what would be cool? If I could get Sophocles to come back from the dead and promote my movie. I mean, it might be a bit awkward at first, because I would have to explain modern technology to him (in Greek), and then explain what a movie is, and all that, maybe show him a few movies like 'Citizen Kane' and 'Transformers' so he'd have a frame of reference, but then if I could get him on board with Cold Blooded and he could kick it with the press about how awesome it is…I mean, could you have ANYONE better saying your story is good than f*cking SOPHOCLES?? That would be pretty ill.

8) If there was a message behind this movie, what would it be, and why would you want to convey it?   I'll leave any messages in the film up to the audience. As long as people are entertained by the story, I'm satisfied.

So there you gave it, folks. 'Cold Blooded' by Jason Lapeyre in a can. When you have the time I'd encourage you to check it out on their official facebook and twitter pages. Trust me. It's well worth the click.



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