When director David Howe was asked by writer and actress Christine Parrish to direct an incestuous romantic comedy… he just knew he was doing it.
Where did the idea for the movie come from?
Christina Parrish, the author and star of the film, lived with me when she developed the story. As soon as she told me she wanted to make an incestuous romantic comedy, I went straight to her to help her with the plot and the director of the feature film. Kristina’s unique brand of comedy was given to fearless storytellers, and we were both interested in how it came about. This cooperation was the key to building peace, and I have greatly appreciated this partnership.
What about the script? How did things change between the first sketch and the shooting?
After receiving the final design, little has changed since the start of the shooting. The final film has an extra flashback, which we filmed during the shooting after the tests, and at the end we cut the scene from the finished film. Except for a few improvisations made on set, the film is really faithful to the script.
Were your players the first to participate or did funding come first? I assume in this scenario it’s the chicken or the egg?
The script was written with some of the actors from Austin’s local character comedy, so the casting was really one of the first things we did. Then we launched Kickstarter, which was a big hit in the Austin community, so that certainly helped.
Which actor seems close to your characters?
That’s a good question! Andrew, of course, brought his charming clumsiness into the role, but I wouldn’t say he’s exactly like Tony. We played Tay Allen especially for Sydney, and she threw him out of the park. She’s on YouTube, so she’s very good at bringing that gravity into the role.
Is there a certain moment in the movie that you really, really liked?
Each of the quietest moments in the movie was my favorite. The scene with Tony and his father was so natural that we barely had to shoot. But in the end, the smallest and most intimate moments between Tony and Lisa were the most enjoyable, because at those moments we could get such honest feelings from them.
George Lucas was probably offered a science fiction movie after the first star wars. Have you since been invited to lead similar projects?
Not yet! But if anyone tries to make a musical about necrophilia, let me know.
Did you even change your plans for the movie because of the pandemic? Did you have to mix something up?
In fact, we’ve been able to make the film accessible to more people since we practically released it on the big screen, so the pandemic may have destroyed any hope of a broader film exploitation, but it wasn’t that bad. I’m just happy and happy to present it to as many people as possible! We hope the sales of VOD and the Blu-ray offers will be good, but you can still enjoy the movie in order with me. Try seeing it with a few people, preferably with an audience that laughs awkwardly!
CALL ME BROTHER can be found today in virtual theatres, physical theatres and cinemas.