Jeremy Foley, Filmmaker/Actor/Screenwriter: After we had made the short film people kept on watching it and saying this should actually be a television series.
Film Courage: It’s been what 11 years or so since you started on this filmmaking journey? Can you talk about the most amount of effort that you’ve put toward making a feature and what have been the biggest challenges for you and Sara [Sara O’Reilly]?
Jeremy: Yeah I think it’s been 10-11 years since we’ve really been actively making stuff. The biggest effort we’ve put towards a feature…well I have two thoughts about that. The biggest effort we put towards the feature is a script that we had written two years ago that we called Fender Bender and it’s the road trip comedy, the kind of film that we love. We had produced a sizzle reel to give audiences or prospective investors, producers sort of a visual idea of what the film might be and I think we’d gotten that script into the hands of a lot of production companies (a lot of big production companies) and I’ve got to say all of them passed. There wasn’t one company that was like Oh let’s pursue this. But just the fact that you’re getting them in there we were really excited about that because that is like a positive sign that people are liking it enough to start passing it around. It’s not just going to those friends or your family or whatever but like it’s going to people who are moving the script farther along. I feel like we had a lot of momentum behind that project and then of course…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).
Jeremy Foley is an actor and director, known for The Faceless Man (2018), Fated (2015) and Dante’s Peak (1997). He is also the co-producer of Hell, California, a hardboiled crime fiction podcast anthology series (produced and developed by Christian Elder). It takes place in a mysterious, mythical California border town called Hell. Each episode is an original standalone noir story, often about greed, lust and murder. In March 2020, Elder, Foley and a team of six writers formed an online TV writers’ room during the pandemic, resulting in this series.
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