Sunday, 23 July 2017

Interview: Michael Haberfelner ([re]SearchMyTrash) (Screenwriter) (July 2017)

Michael Haberfelner - www.searchmytrash.com
I got to question Screenwriter and owner of www.searchmytrash.com in Michael Haberfelner. He is currently going to be working with USA Actress, Debra Lamb. He also collaborates with actress Eirian Cohen and actor Laurence Harvey. His screen writer credits include,  A Killer Conversation (2015) and Talk of the Dead (2017).

Tell me about any upcoming Projects you are working on?
Well, the next one is the big one, THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS ZOMBIES, the first feature film I’m going to produce. We start shooting in a little over a week, so all buzzing with excitement and knee-deep in preparations ;) The story is basically a woman welcoming her ex into her house, totally oblivious to the fact that he’s actually a zombie, and her husband, who has killed that very same ex in the first place, is understandably less than thrilled. Eirian Cohen stars as the woman, with Rudy Barrow being her husband, Rami Hilmi the zombie ex, and we have guest appearances by US horror icons Debra Lamb and Lynn Lowry, playing an ineffective zombie hunter and the CEO responsible for the rise of the dead, respectively. It’s a comedy of course. Eddie Bammeke’s in the director’s chair, and it’s produced by me, Eirian and Eddie … oh, and I also wrote the screenplay. We’ve already filmed the parts with Lynn Lowry about 1 ½ years ago and made it into the self-contained short TALK OF THE DEAD, which is currently having a quite successful festival run. Find out more at https://www.facebook.com/theresnosuchthingaszombies/

After that, we (as in Eirian, Eddie and me) plan to film another short with Lynn Lowry in November, but as for now there’s little I can tell you about that one other than it might be called ESPRESSO TO DIE FOR, not because I want to shroud the project in mystery but because we at the moment focus all of our efforts on THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS ZOMBIES.

And other than that, we’re about to launch or latest short, FIRST IMPRESSIONS CAN KILL – written by me, produced by me and Eirian Cohen, directed by Eddie Bammeke, and starring Eirian, Eddie and Lynn Lowry (are you beginning to see a pattern here ;) ) – on its festival run. That one’s about the auditioning process … and it’s bloody consequences. More at https://www.facebook.com/firstimpressionscankill

Your website (re)SearchMyTrash is very popular online... How long has it been going?
Why thank you … and yeah, people do seem to enjoy the site. I actually created the site back in 2003, but worked on it offline for a year and a half before putting it on the net so I could have a running start – if that makes any sense. The basic idea for the site back when was to create a very inclusive film site that would cover movies from all ages, from all over the world, and from the whole budget range. It was only eventually that it became more and more a site about indie genre films as I became immersed in that world more and more … not that I complain in the slightest.

How did you first come into contact with Debra Lamb?
Originally, I did an interview with her five or so years ago, and thanks to her winning personality, we remained in touch ever since. We soon, too, discovered we shared the same sense of humor, so it was only natural that eventually we started planning to make a movie together – but at first, only little became of it as all our projects were of too high a budget, as one of us or the other constantly snuck talking animals into our scripts ;) But when the role of the ineffective zombie hunter in THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS ZOMBIES became vacant (it was cast before I even knew Debra personally, but the project went through numerous shake-ups cast and crew-wise over the years), it was only natural I’d ask her – and fortunately she said yes.

You (MH) work with Eirian Cohen, too - how did you meet?
Oh, that was another interview from about 5 years ago. Again, we remained loosely in touch and eventually started to work on a project – together with my actress friend Dawn Hills – which as of yet still has to come to fruitition. Anyways, as I told you, there were numerous cast and crew shake-ups with THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS ZOMBIES, one of which concerning the female lead – and again, it felt only natural I’d ask her (plus of course she’s an awesome actress), and she said yes. And eventually, when the project (the TALK OF THE DEAD-portion of our feature that is) was about to sink due to unforseeable circumstances I managed to rope her in to produce alongside me, and it was really her who saved the day back when. We’ve since done two more shorts (above-mentioned FIRST IMPRESSIONS CAN KILL and the horror farce THE NIGHT MONICA CAME BACK starring Laurence R. Harvey of HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2 fame https://www.facebook.com/thenightmonicacameback/ ) besides a few smaller projects, and I’m confident there are many more to come!

Finally, any shout-outs you wanna add? Any more hidden Talents?
A big shout-out to Melanie Denholme who’s currently busy bringing my first ever screenplay A KILLER CONVERSATION (which we filmed back in 2012) to the stage.
Shout-out to the WPaD (Writers, Poets and Deviants) writers collective, the only “club” I’m actually proud of being a member. We’ll be releasing a science fiction anthology this fall, and knowing these guys and girls, prepare yourself for a very warped experience.

And finally, shout-out to all the cast and crew members of TALK OF THE DEAD/THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS ZOMBIES not mentioned above, including Scott Hillier, Paul Sutton, Alexander Fernando, Rachel Brownstein, Martina McClements, Reis Daniel, Marcella Woods, Layla Randle-Conde, J. Robert Byam, Gaffyn Voorzta, Rosalie Bottley, makeup ladies Rachel Betteridge and Anne Derbyshire, score composer Paul Henshaw, PAs Sharon Spink and Debbie Ballard … and I’m sure I’m forgetting quite a few people, so please forgive me, everybody not mentioned, I’m not neglecting you, it’s just … erm, the heat here is frying my brain – yep, that’s what it is, I stand by this...

And as for hidden talents – haha, invite me to a sixpack of beer or three and you’ll hear my rendition of the Scorpions classic HERE I AM, ROCK YOU LIKE A HURRICAAANE … be warned, it ain’t pretty – but it’s a talent ;) (this joke is dedicated to Anna P.)

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