Filmmaker Q&A Mario Cerrito

by Phillip Wilcox "Our Movie Demon"

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DCP:

When did your love for cinema and film/filmmaking begin?

 

MC: 

I've always been a writer from as far back as I can remember. I didn't develop my love for cinema until after I tried to shop my screenplays around and had no luck. I learned real fast how to make movies because that was the only way my scripts were going to be seen.

 

DCP:

What films have influenced you the most as a filmmaker and what was it about those films that influenced you?

 

MC:

Some films that have influenced me as a filmmaker are GOODFELLAS, TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, SOPRANOS, etc. I am mostly a fan of mafia and dark thriller type stuff. Deadly Gamble (which was signed by Cinema Epoch and received worldwide distribution) was built off my love of those type of films. Mafia mixed with horror. 

 

DCP:

Can you tell us what your latest release The Listing is about and where did the story stem from?

 

MC:

The Listing is set to premiere in April 2017. It is about a hard working family man who is a realtor. He unexpectedly faces the hardest decision he will ever have to make because of his son being kidnapped and a blackmail note. The story really didn't stem from anywhere, I was searching for a new and different story line and found it with this film.

 

DCP:

As part of the cast you've added the multi-faceted and talented Indie Horror Scream Queen Jessica Cameron as part of the cast - Can you tell us how that situation transpired?

 

MC:

Jessica Cameron is a class act. We flew her in from Los Angeles and she gave us a day on set. I found her on Facebook and messaged her. She loved the script and decided to play Jenna for me.

 

DCP:

To you as the writer/director of this film, what has been the most fun and/or challenging part about this production?

 

MC:

The most challenging was actually finishing production on this film. As you may know as an indie filmmaker your funds are very limited. It was day 6 on set and we had two cars involved, well lets just say car number one smashed into car number 2 and there was some damage. I had to find a way to pay for the damages of both cars and somehow keep the production running. The money came out of the budget and the team had to come together to finish the rest of the film. The most fun part of making a movie for me is writing and editing, its just you and the script or footage. Being on set is far too stressful.

 

DCP:

Can you tell us about any other upcoming projects you may be working on for the near future?

 

MC:

I am currently writing a screenplay titled, LUCINDA. I am currently seeking an agent so I can break into solely screenwriting. Like I said, the life of an independent film producer is very stressful and I'm looking to cut back stress in my life!!

 

DCP:

Where did the story for The Listing come from?

 

MC:

The story of the Listing came from my idea to make something original, if I'm going to dump all the time and energy into making and independent film I want to make sure it's something that really hasn't been done. In this case, it's a realtor who has an open house and starts killing people that come to see it. They have no idea the realtor has no intention in actually showing the house.

 

DCP:

What was the process like in pulling the cast together?

 

MC:

The process pulling be cast together isn't as hard as it seems- I worked with the lead Bernard Glincosky on my first film Deadly Gamble and we trusted each other to do it again. I offered him the lead role, he read the script and accepted. After that we used his studio, "The Philadelphia Acting Studio", to hold selected auditions. Certain actors I cast for certain roles without auditioning because I knew they would be great in the role. 

 

DCP:

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers/filmmakers that want to get into the field but maybe are feeling daunted to jump in?

 

MC:

I do have advice for aspiring filmmakers. Just do it. If you feel you have a calling to do something, do it. I'm not going to sit here and lie and say it's a cakewalk, it's not. It's a lot of hard work, sacrifice, stress and ups and downs but that what makes the final cut that much rewarding. Leave a legacy in your life. 

 

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