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[Interview] – Mageina Tovah – ‘Hux’ – A Feature Film

 

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Hux, longing to connect, rebels against the lonely isolation of her autism. Braving the confusing, chaotic world of others, her attempts at interaction are repeatedly thwarted by her powerful aversion to stimuli, and by an epidemic that decimates the population. When all seems lost, Hux finds one final chance to connect.

Starring as Hux, Mageina Tovah has amassed impressive credits with her work as an actress in Sam Raimi’s Spider-man films and popular television series includingAmerican Horror Story, Scandal, You’re The Worst, The Shield, How to Get Away with Murder and Shameless.

Directed, written, produced and edited by Tovah, Hux also boasts a talented Director of Photography. Charlie Lieberman, ASC, is known for his work onHeroes, Joan of Arcadia, and cult show My So-Called Life. It includes music by Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent of American folk duo, Shovels & Rope, whose talents have previously been displayed on the Late Show with David Letterman. The film also stars Harry Dean Stanton as the grandfather, he is known for The Green Mile, Big Love, Twin Peaks and Inland Empire.

Interview:

To begin with, lets talk about your latest film ‘Hux’ – what is it about?

Hux is a drama about a woman struggling to connect with others through the isolating veil of her autism. Hux pushes herself to brave a confusing, chaotic world and uncertain future, to become the strong, capable woman she strives to be.

You are both the star and the creator of ‘Hux’, where did the idea come from?

I’ve always been very interested in apocalyptic stories, and a character facing the universe on their own has been a theme in my art. When I realized that Hux had autism, the character and story blossomed.

Tell us about the character you play…

Hux lives alone with her dog in a remote little cabin away from the overwhelming stimuli of people, noises, and distractions. The cabin is her safe place, but Hux strives to be prosocial. She desperately wants to feel connected to others, so she pushes herself to leave her cabin and venture into the confusing, chaotic world of people. Hux rebels against the lonely isolation of her autism, and armed with her social scripts and canine companion, she braves her powerful aversion to stimuli, and an epidemic that decimates the population

Tell us about your cast and crew…

The amazing Harry Dean Stanton, “Alien”, “Paris, Texas”, “Big Love” plays Hux’s grandfather.

Dylan Kenin, “Sicario”, “Let Me In”, “Terminator Salvation” plays the Cowboy.

Aurora Elise plays the affecting role of the Little Girl in “Hux”, which is her first film.

Charlie Lieberman, ASC, who I worked with on “Joan of Arcadia” and “Standoff” and who is known for his work on “Heroes” and “My So Called Life”, was our director of photography.

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Tell us about that beautiful piece of music in your film?

That piece is “Lay Low” by “Shovels and Rope”. Band member Cary Ann Hearst and I went to high school together. She had gotten in touch with me because she’d seen my performance on “American Horror Story”. I stumbled across “Lay Low”, and when I heard it, I knew it was the perfect compliment to the film.

What are your influences as an actress?

Gary Oldman, John Turturro, Jack Nicholson, Robin Williams, Sarah Lancashire, Samantha Morton

Now in comparison, what are your influences as a director?

When I saw “Buffalo ’66”, which Vincent Gallo wrote, directed, and starred in, I knew I wanted to make films in that way. Besides directing and playing Hux, I wrote, produced and edited the film. I love having that intimacy with a character and story.

Other influences are Krzysztof Kieslowski, Tim Burton, and Jan Svankmajer.

Where & when can we see ‘Hux’?

“Hux” is playing next at Raindance Film Festival on Saturday, September 24, and Saturday October 1!

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

I am expanding Hux’s story so we can get a larger view of that world in a tv series or feature-length film.

As an actor, I will be returning as The Librarian on the second season of Syfy’s The Magicians.

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