LLFF Speaks with Filmmaker John Putch

October 25, 2012 § Leave a comment

John Putch

A couple of years back, Landlocked had the privilege of screening Route 30, a film by John Putch.  It was true to the comedy genre and it was sincerely hilarious … a huge crowd pleaser!  So when the opportunity arose to put the sequel, Route 30 Too on the Landlocked 2012 film slate, you can bet we snatched it up without thinking twice.

If you are not familiar with John Putch, a simple Google search will give you a long list of successful acting and directing credits. Putch is the son of actress Jean Stapleton and late Producer/Director William H. Putch.  His professional career actually starting at the wee age of five in his father’s summer theater in Pennsylvania.

This weekend, we have the honor of having John and three of his cast members join us for the festival as the professionals on the Independent Film Panel.  This will be a great opportunity to learn about making an independent, micro-budget film outside the realms of Hollywood from the filmmakers themselves. Bring your questions and your sense of humor!

Route 30, Too

Luckily, I was able to snag John for a quick moment in the middle of his insane Route 30 Too promotional calendar to answer a few of our filmmaker questions.  Here is what John had to say:

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

JP: I was 12. My father put a Minolta 660xl super-8 sound camera in my hand and a box of 50′ cartridges.

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

JP: I don’t have one. But I do think the movies of the 70’s where the best ever made.

LL: How did you decide on the title for your film?

JP: The Route 30 trilogy is named after the highway that ran through my home town in Pennsylvania.

route thirty too 2

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?

JP: Comedy. Nothing better. I think film makers take themselves too seriously some time. I find a comedy is more fun to work on and actually improves my mental health.

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LL:  If you could work with anyone in “Hollywood”, who would it be? and why?

JP: I don’t like anyone in Hollywood. I’d prefer to work outside of that system with talented people elsewhere.

Route 30, Too! – Trailer from ROUTE 30 TRILOGY on Vimeo.

Thank you JOHN!!!

And thank you for joining us this weekend!

Make sure you all join us for the screening of Route 30, Too on Saturday, October 27 at the Englert at 7pm. The cost is just $7 or you can use your all access film pass for only $30.

See you there!

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