Filmmaking, Influences and DARLING. Mickey Keating is guest with Jay Kay on The Night Market, An intelligent and strategic filmmaking mind that draws influence from a diverse pallet of films and creators spanning out over many film genres and decades of craftsmanship. Pairing with the legendary film company “Glass Eye Pix” and the indie actor and filmmaking folk hero Larry Fessenden, Mickey Keating’s latest is the dark, enigmatic & black and white tale “Darling” (read the Terror Time review from “Ithaca Fantastic 2015” right here (2015 Ithaca Fantastic) has taken critics and audiences by fear with the power house performance of Lauren Ashley Carter, dream like cinematography, a haunted house and incredible sound that drives your to the edge of madness not to dissimilar to the captivating Darling…
Mickey took a few minutes out from the promotion and post-production to enter “The Night Market” on Tom Holland’s Terror Time and discuss filmmaking, influences and creative growth…
Jay Kay: Welcome Mickey, my honor and pleasure. What makes the 1970’s style of horror so appealing and such an influence on your filmmaking style?
Mickey Keating: American cinema from the 1970s in general just represents such an exciting time for individual voices and the celebration of amateur-driven cinema. I wanted to make this movie closer to a Peckinpah, Fuller, or Altman film than we’re usually used to seeing in horror films these days.
JK: You have a distinctive signature that we find in your work. We see more and more filmmakers of this generation taking full control over their projects. You have produced, written and directed just about all of your films. Talk about that freedom of being in control of your films and what creative scope that gives you?
MK: It’s interesting because for me it just comes down to making personal films. As an artist, your work should fulfill a personal satisfaction first and foremost or else there’s no point. Making a film is very, very, very difficult and I’d rather bleed for my own films than for someone else’s.
JK: What has “Glass Eye Pix” and Larry Fessenden meant to you as a filmmaker, mentor and as a friend?
MK: Larry Fessenden is one of the most influential independent filmmakers working today. Everybody’s going to catch on to that soon and I’m very grateful for the friendship we have. “Glass Eye Pix” was the first internship I ever had and really gave me a window into the world of real, professional filmmaking. We’re all students of Fessenden, though some just don’t know it yet.
JK: From “POD” to “Darling” to now “Carnage Park”, talk about your growth as a filmmaker and storyteller? Any particular lessons you have taken with you along the way?
MK: I think every new film presents a new set of challenges but I’ve learned to roll with the punches more and take each problem as it comes. All that matters is what’s inside the frame, and all the other bullshit outside of that doesn’t actually matter.
JK: Talk about the respect the fans, peers, film festivals and critics give to your work and how much the fans support and mean to you as they come out to the film festival screenings? Where can the fans find “Carnage Park” and you?
MK: It’s a blast man. I love being able to share my work with other people and I’m truly thankful for everybody who’s supported me so far! “Carnage Park” is being released in the states by IFC Midnight – exact dates are coming soon. People can reach out to me on twitter: @mickeykeating. Thanks for having me!
JK: My honor and pleasure for you to take time out to be a part of “The Night Market” Mickey here on “Tom Holland’s Terror Time”. We look forward to the next conversation… Watch “Darling” right now on VOD and continue to look for more of Mickey’s work including “Pod” on Netflix, “Carnage Park” on “IFC Midnight” soon and Mickey is working on his latest “Psychopaths”!
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