Coming out of the 2015 Boston Underground Film Festival, there might no have been a more controversial a film than Patrick Kennelly's Excess Flesh. Exploring body dysmorphia, the cyclical nature of abusive relationships, psychosis and the way Los Angeles serves as a breeding ground for dangerous and unrealistic standards of beauty, the film is anchored by it's leading lady Bethany Orr and the intensity she brings to her role as Jill. As an apartment recluse, Jill feeds her paranoia and selfloathing one spoonful of decadent mac and cheese slathered with BBQ chips at a time.
Both Kennelly and Orr sat down to talk with Dede Crimmins and I this past week to discuss the genesis of the film, what it means to create horror rooted in reality and why those who say "beautiful" people can't claim to have body issues can get stuffed.
For more on Excess Flesh, read Dede's incisive review at ALL THINGS HORROR: "Excess Flesh Rips Your Heart Through Your Stomach And Makes You Watch".
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I knew I was going to love Jim McDonough from the moment he started singing the praises of Fozzie Bear and his unique brand of humor. Hailing from the mean streets of the South Shore of Massachusetts, Jim sat down with me at our local Panera Bread (the mean streets of Hingham aren't that mean) to talk about his latest short film MANICORN.
While I could try to describe Manicorn to you, somehow coming up with the words to detail the side effects of mixing cold medicines and the altering effects on the Universe and time/space continuum, you're better off checking out the short for yourself. You can find the public link to the film here.
This week's episode of Film Thrills offers a crash course in the garage band style of filmmaking as McDonough talks about using anything and everything he has on hand in order to make shorts films on the cheap. Taking advantage of everything from dimestore masks bought for a nickel to lax enforcement of child labor laws, McDonough brings a unique brand of mayhem to the table. From our debate over what set of anatomy determines a manicorn to the influence of 70's and 80's pop culture on his films, we enjoyed a kickass chat. This was one of the looser, more fun interviews we've had the chance to conduct, and here's hoping Jim comes back to join us more often for future episodes.