Our director Johannes Grenzfurthner was captured by Soviet Unterzoegersdorf Military Intelligence, brought to an undisclosed basement without toilet and questioned about Sierra Zulu’s production status. So much can be said: SUZ Officer Moloshnikov was not happy…
The interrogation transcript was published in German in the magazine Joe.
Es stinkt nach Urin, Angst, Lügen und Wahrheit. Der Ort: ein karger Verhörraum. Die Protagonisten: Ein Offizier und Johannes Grenzfurthner, der Initiator des Film-Projektes Sierra Zulu. Ein Freigeist, dem seine Vision einer sowjetischen Mikrorepublik bis in die Realität gefolgt ist – Ein Interview der etwas anderen Art.
Text by Hubertus J. Schwarz & Johannes Grenzfurthner.
Photographs by Gerulf Dösinger.
Futurezone’s Dan Taylor interviewed director Johannes Grenzfurthner on the production process and philosophy of Sierra Zulu.
Whether the residents of Soviet Unterzoegersdorf realize it or not, their small village is under scrutiny. With an explosion happening inside Soviet territory, the small group of UN peacekeeping soldiers stationed at its borders are about to be thrown into a conspiracy of industrial espionage, a media frenzy, and political intrigue.
What does a movie production really need? Experts. At least a few.
Our wonderful script & production consultants Ben Rock and Tore Schmidt live and work in Los Angeles — and that’s why monochrom’s Johannes Grenzfurthner met them for a decadent Thai dinner to talk about business and perversions.
Let us introduce our friends…
Ben Rock began his career as a production designer, breaking out with the blockbuster 1999 movie The Blair Witch Project. As one of the creators of the mythology of the film (as well as creating the infamous “stickman”), Ben moved into directing in 2000 in the budding “viral marketing” industry. Following that, Rock wrote, directed, and produced the mock-documentary The BPRD Declassified to market the release of Hellboy, directed a series of award-winning shorts produced for Audi, directed 29 viral videos for USA Network’s The 4400 and 56 viral videos for HBO’s series True Blood. Rock directed his first feature, Alien Raiders, for Warner Brothers’ signature genre label Raw Feed. The film, which was shot in fifteen days with a modest budget, took the film festival world by storm, winning numerous awards and playing to packed houses across the country.
Tore Schmidt studied Film and Communication Sciences at UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television and Georg-August-University in Goettingen, Germany. He began his career working as a producer and production manager on narrative and documentary features in his native Germany; he then returned to Los Angeles to join Venice-based Menemsha Films as VP Acquisitions and Marketing where he was involved in the distribution of foreign art house films for the American market. Mr. Schmidt then moved to Gail Mutrux’ Pretty Pictures (Kinsey, Quiz Show, Nurse Betty) where he served as Story Editor and CE and was actively involved in the development and production of all company projects. He is currently the Head of Development at Pretty Pictures at Universal Studios.
They are currently giving us feedback on version 3.6 of our script. Let’s hope they will soon be able to help us with hands-on aspects of our production… but that’s another story.
Yesterday we finalized the glorious bureaucratic creation of a US-based company for monochrom.
US collaborators, actors and film festivals are easier to deal with if you can show that you are ‘one of them.’ Let’s call it financial mimicry, comrades.
Applause for monochrom Propulsion Systems, LLC
Based in Washington, DC
(Left: our financial consultant Nick Farr and monochrom’s producer Guenther Friesinger)