Interview with Michael Glover and Robyn Rosenkrantz
Interview with Michael Glover (Director) and Robyn Rosenkrantz (Producer)
How did you come up with the story for this film?
How did you select the cast? Were there any specific requirements or characteristics you were looking for?
Why an American director does ends up filming in Berlin and Europe instead of the US?
Robyn: We tour in Europe all the time, and we always loved Berlin. We had some really fun shows there and got to know a lot of great people, so there was already a lot of support there we could draw on during the shoot. And Michael figured out a good way to direct in a foreign language, which has worked really well.
Michael: I write the scripts in English, then we have foreign writer friends flip the scenes into whatever language. During rehearsals I work out the scenes with the actors, work on the timing, the mood and character “status” in the scene. All the actors speak English so it’s easy to have a back and forth about the meanings, undertones, story through-lines. On set I have a native language Script Supervisor who makes sure the actors do the lines as written and don’t skip a word or change something. When I direct the scene I focus on the energy of the actors, the body language, and the non-verbal communication going on. A lot of deeper communication is non-verbal, so this works pretty well.
What would you say is the message behind Go with Le Flo? Is it dream big? Love more? Get real?
Robyn: If we would only love more, there would be a lot less problems in the world! There’s a lot of love flowing on our indie movie sets, because everyone is there because they want to be, not for a big fat paycheck. We come together for the love of film, wanting to create something that’s bigger than ourselves, something beautiful we can share with others.
Can you tell our viewers about the Bright Blue Gorilla project? This is more than music, more than films…
Robyn: Bright Blue Gorilla is really a life style of creating art for art’s sake! It’s a vehicle to take us through life, doing what we love. Our goal is to bring joy to everyone we meet, people we perform for and who watch our films. We’ve been traveling the world since 1990, when we quit our L.A. jobs, sold everything we had (except for our guitars) and bought one-way tickets to Amsterdam. Our dream was to travel and play music. We started down that adventurous road and never looked back. We got married 2 years into the trip so that makes 25 years married!
Michael: It went by so fast. Feels like 25 months. Funny but we’re still touring more or less the same way we did 27 years ago. We travel by train, usually. No roadies - just us! We got into films along the way when we were cast in The Last Shot, with Alec Baldwin and Matthew Broderick. That was a pretty big break, so we decided to take our Hollywood paycheck and get a camera. We’d been talking about making our own features for a while when this break came along and that was the last piece of the puzzle. A lot of our friends were actors and I’d already been writing stage plays and scripts. So all the elements were in place.
Robyn: We love the process of making features. It’s such a great community effort - at least the way we make them. It fits in perfectly with our lives as touring musicians too. We feel very blessed to share our movies and music with your Eurochannel viewers! We hope to inspire others to follow their passions!
After being in Hollywood and now filming independent, what are the main challenges a filmmaker faces these days?
Robyn: I think finding a distributor that truly cares about art, and not just about business, can be a real challenge for filmmakers. Our films are definitely outside the box, most Hollywood films copy each other. So we need to find special people to help get our movies seen. Eurochannel was a great discovery for us, as was our new co-producer/distributor Under the Milky Way.
Are you working on any filming projects at the moment? Can you tell us something about them?
Robyn: We invited many of the wonderful actors from Go with Le Flo to be in Mr. Rudolpho’s Jubilee. It’s also a romantic comedy, with some surreal elements. Bright Blue Gorilla plays a musical Greek Chorus - singing to the audience, invisible to the characters. We shot in Berlin and Italy, with 300 artists from 36 countries. It’s in 3 languages this time: English, German and Italian. We’re now on tour with the film in USA, Europe in the Fall and Australia/New Zealand in 2018. Michael has so many great ideas, he’s already writing our 7th and 8th features! We’ve been so grateful to all the film lovers around the world who have donated to our Gorilla Film Fund!