Play Time was about many things for me. I wanted to shoot a film entirely out doors versus entirely indoors, as was the case with my first film. I wanted to make a G rated film, something innocent and magical, but adult and visceral. I decided to explore cancer in the most vulnerable way possible, childhood cancer. I lost my mom to cancer and wanted to infuse that experience into the project.
Play Time was a huge production, forty-three cast and crew, Equity and SAG eligible players, people that worked full time in the film business. It was an extraordinary experience. The film debuted in the International Christian Film Festival just outside of London, even though it was not a film driven by a given faith. It got several nominations and went on to tour Europe, as well as three stateside festivals.
Like my first film, exposition was an issue, some clunky places here and there. But all in all, this my second film, was an incredible experience. I'm very proud of the work.
Conrad Gonzales, who had done very little film work at the time, gave the project everything he had playing the lead. He was so brave and emotionally available, a joy to work with. Tamara Jolaine from my first film returned, such a lovely person. And of course, the two cameos by the award-winning Shakespearean actor, the fabulous Marc Pouhe'.
I loved the idea of exploring "play" as a device to break down the armor of a dad facing his worst nightmare. As well, I really viewed this piece as being more about the Protagonist's inner journey, his inner battles, than anything else. In hindsight, I wish I would have put a harsher edge on that inner battle. Regardless, so many beautiful moments, so many happy accidents, a lovely experience.