I had the opportunity to sit down with actors Shiloh Fernandez and Heath Freeman (who also co-wrote and co-produced) to talk about their film, Skateland. Once again, I did not have the opportunity to see Skateland prior to the interview. Skateland did not screen at SXSW, but will be coming to Dallas, Texas tentatively on May 20, 2011. I will definitely be seeing it when it comes here. I would like to say that Shiloh is very nice and easy to approach. This was my second time interviewing him at SXSW. He is one of those people who smash all of the stereotypes about Hollywood actors. I cannot wait to see how far he goes in his career. Skateland synopsis:
Skateland explores the rupture of charismatic Ritchie Wheeler, brother and sister Brent and Michelle Burkham, and wise-cracking lady-killer Kenny Crawford’s seemingly complacent existence as they struggle with the collapse of their tumultuous home lives, the alcohol-induced idling of reckless adolescence, and the wane of their hometown hangout, the local roller rink. A story syncopated with moments of violent turbulence, of heartbreak and of new beginnings, Skateland immerses the audience in the brutal, but beautiful vastness of East Texas blue skies and the emotional claustrophobia of the Bible belt. Enveloped by the brooding melodies and incendiary rock riffs of the early 80’s, Skateland is a place where aging values wrestle with contemporary pop culture to create a paradoxical balance between old and new.