LLFF Speaks with Filmmaker Blake Rice

October 11, 2012 § Leave a comment

Blake Rice, writer/producer/director, “Angel/Devil”

We recently had a chance to visit with funny filmmaker, Blake Rice; one of the important players from the New Jersey sketch comedy group, Socially Awkward.

Socially Awkward

We are thrilled to have Angel / Devil, a Socially Awkward Comedy Short, on the film slate this year!

{ we think you will be too …  funny funny stuff }

The Devil making his best naughty pitch in Angel / Devil

Here’s what Blake had to say:

LL: How old were you when you realized you wanted to be a filmmaker? Describe your moment.

BR: Sophomore year of High School, had the opportunity to make a video instead of doing the normal assignment, made the video, which soon became a common pattern in high school (schmoozing my way into making goofy irreverent videos instead of homework).

LL: What is currently your favorite movie of all time?  Why?

BR: Jeezes thats rough. Do most filmmakers have an answer for that? Doubt it. If I had to choose it’d be “Shawshank Redemption”. That or “Swat”. Its a dead tie, both ground breaking cinema.

LL: How did you decide on the title for your film?
BR: Our film is about a student, stuck in class, faced with the difficult decision of whether to go home and study, or go out to the bar. He ways the options via the dark/light side of his personality. An “Angel | Devil” of a situation! Charum Chee Charoo Cheecher!
LL: If you were to “label” your genre of film, what would that be? And what draws and/or inspires you to make this type of film?
BR: Its a Rom-Hor. Romantic Horror Flick. Just kidding its a comedy. But I wish it was a Hip-Hopera. But my hip-hop opera isn’t ready yet. What drew me to make this film, was that I was very interested in a protagonist facing a crossroads. But I wanted the protagonist to be the average college kid, and the crossroads something that the average college kid faces. Like studying or getting wasted. An age old story line, with a dope-ass-college style twist. Can I say ass? If so, that’s fetch.
LL:  If you could work with anyone in “Hollywood”, who would it be?  and why?
BR: I would work with renown method actor Daniel Day Lewis. On a biopic film, that I’ve written about myself. That way, Daniel Day Lewis would have to walk around acting just like me for a while. Just me and Daniel Day Lewis kickin’ it in Hollywood. Driving hummers and eating cherries out of Pamela Anderson’s palm. Yeah. Then they’ll stop laughing at me.
THANK YOU, BLAKE!
To catch Angel / Devil and four other Comedy Shorts, meet us at The Englert Theatre, Friday, Oct 26th at 5pm. Cost $5, or pick up an all-access film pass for only $30
Wanna see more of Blake and his friends from Socially Awkward?
Here’s a lil’ nugget of fun:
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