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[Interview] – Alexis Jacknow – ‘Again’ – A Short Film

 

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Alexis Jacknow is an award winning stage director and actor, who graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. A proud member of SDC, her recent credits include directing and developing the world premiere of Bekah Brunstetter’sHey Brother (Ovation Nomination Best Original Playwrighting), L.A. Theatre Works’ live recording of The Hound of the Baskervilles (Audie Award Best Audio Drama, Publisher Weekly’s Listen Up! Award); Batman and the Witch (IAMA Theatre Company), and Neil Labute’s Fat Pig (Ovation Recommendation, Stage Raw Top Ten Pick), with The LA Times saying that Jacknow’s direction, “earns instant credibility from the pitch-perfect opening scene”.

Here FilmDebate interviews this acclaimed filmmaker, discussing her first venture into the cinematic industry, short film ‘Again’…

‘A man watches Groundhog Day over, and over, and over again as a strange woman brings him his lunch. Will the heart recover what the mind has lost?’

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Interview:
Alexis Jacknow, Filmmaker

1) To begin with, tell us about your latest film ‘Again’…

I’ve been directing theatre professionally for years, but Again is my first foray into film. Again is the story of a man who watches Groundhog Day over, and over, and over again. It’s very meta.

2) Where did the idea come from?

Our writer, Bekah Brunstetter is married to our lead actor, Morrison Keddie. Morrison had mentioned to Bekah he wanted to act in a short film about a man watching Groundhog Day on repeat. Without giving too much away, Morrison has had personal experience with some of the health issues that are addressed in the film. So, Bekah went off, wrote the short, and gave it to him as a gift for Valentine’s Day. A year to the day later, we found out the film would be premiering at Tribeca. It was a great Valentine’s Day gift…again.

3) Lets talk about the cast, who is staring in ‘Again’?

Morrison Keddie (who created the story along with Bekah) and Aubrey Dollar. Both actors have extensive theatre backgrounds in addition to their film and TV experience, so we really spoke the same language.

4) We understand the film will premier on the 20th of April, at the Tribeca Film Festival – what was it like to be selected for this acclaim?

It’s such an enormous honor to be selected to screen at Tribeca, especially as a first time filmmaker. I lived in New York for seven years, and studied my craft there, so this feels like a wonderful homecoming.

5) What are your influences as a filmmaker?

I was lucky to have parents who introduced me to the visual arts at a young age. When we travelled, we always went to museums, and the arts were frequently a subject of discourse in our home. So, when I need to reference color or composition, I’m quick to draw comparisons to painters, sculptors, or photographers.

6) What advice would you give to any up-and-coming filmmakers?

Anything worth doing, is worth doing right. Do everything in your power to stay true to your vision.

7) What is the next step for you? Do you have any other projects in production?

I wrote my first feature film that I’m hoping to direct later this year.

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