Sometimes you get to talk to big-name actors or legendary directors where it’s a thrill just being in the same room with them. Sometimes you talk to lesser-known names, but get into really great, deep discussions about themes and issues, or gain insights into the film-making process.
But the kind of interview I’ve come to look forward to most is with younger filmmakers who simply love to make films. Maybe the films aren’t huge, maybe you don’t know all the names involved, but while their films may be smaller in budget and scale, they’re rich with ideas–these passionate writers and directors are the ones creating the cinema of the future.
So last fall, during the Chicago International Film Festival, when I was asked if I wanted to talk to Eric England, the director of a new horror film called Contracted, I said, “Sure, why not?”
Born and raised in Arkansas, writer-director England’s previous features include the well-received Madison County (2011). His latest, Contracted, tells the creepily intimate story of a young woman (Najarra Townsend) with a sexually transmitted disease that is slowly doing… nasty things to her body. The film is a sharp, chilling, and deeply unsettling film about that most disturbing of human fears: our once-young bodies falling apart on us.
But even more than that, the 25-year-old England turned out to be enthusiastic and unbelievably friendly and forthcoming about not just his work, but the horror-film industry. As a result, this turned out to be one of my favorite interviews of the past year.
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