Blurring the line between fiction and reality, director Joe Burke (Disturbance 2013), in his feature directing debut, draws upon real life experiences to create a refreshingly funny take on life in Hollywood. Going into production with a forty-five page outline, developed over eight weeks with friend, actor, and co-writer Oliver Cooper ("Oliver"), improvisation to fleshs out the story. Focusing on relatable moments, Burke discovers both pathos and comedy in his hapless characters, a pair of guys drifting through their mundane days.
Burke received his MFA in directing from the American Film Institute (AFI) in 2009. He talks "fast" to Below the Line and shares how he was able to shoot a feature film in only two weeks with a skeleton crew four – Cinematographer Todd Banhazl, gaffer Dan Adlerstein, camera assistant Danielle Krudy, and sound mixer, John LaRosa.
Screening Saturday, June 22, 9:40 pm (80 min.) at LA Film Festival.
Official Trailer: vimeo.com/63581199