Wednesday, April 21, 2010

In Conversation with Vincent D'Onofrio at SFF 2010

Suite101.com | 4.20.10
by Jennifer Huber

Actor Vincent D'Onofrio discussed new movie 'Johnny and Me", offered advice to aspiring filmmakers, answered questions about "Criminal Intent" return.

Vincent D'Onofrio was one of the 2010 Sarasota Film Festival's several celebrities during the event’s closing weekend April 16 – 18 in Sarasota, Fla. He appeared at the screening of his directorial debut, a slasher musical movie called Dont Go in the Woods Friday and Saturday nights. Steve Persall of the St. Petersburg Times posed questions to D'Onofrio during the "In Conversation Series" at Florida Studio Theatre on Sunday. Over the course of the weekend, D'Onofrio answered questions ranging from his new film project called “Johnny and Me” to guest appearances on “Law and Order: Criminal Intent” and advice to aspiring filmmakers.

Vincent D’Onofrio Discussed New Project, Johnny and Me

After reading an article in Brain, Child magazine about an 8-year-old girl with autism who learned to communicate through the world of Cinderella, Vincent D'Onofrio was inspired to write Johnny and Me with Joe Vinciguerra and Sam Bisbee. He will direct the film about a fifty-something-year-old man with Asperger's syndrome who communicates through the history and music of Johnny Cash. The lead character's 18-year-old daughter enters his life and the two bond as father and daughter while traveling through the Southern United States and connect through Johnny Cash.

According to D'Onofrio Johnny and Me is a $3 to $5 million movie and although he has the financial backing, he has not found the right actor to cast the lead character. He told the audience he wrote the part for himself but does not have the time to handle the financing, direct and act. The Johnny Cash Estate granted permission for D'Onofrio to use Cash's history and music in the film.

Vincent D’Onofrio Offered Advice to Aspiring Filmmakers

Aspiring filmmakers asked D’Onofrio for advice. He suggested they "keep the budget low as possible, don't take 'no' from anybody" and "remind your crew and people around you when asked if something can be done the answer is always 'yes.'"

Vincent D’Onofrio encouraged aspiring screenwriters to "write" and "stop talking about it and do it. It's not what people say it's what people do," he continued. "The only true artists that I have ever met in my life do not procrastinate, ever. They do instead of say."

He then suggested having friends and family read the story to ensure people can understand what is being said. Once a script is complete, D’Onofrio said to write another one. As for selling it, he recommended attending a film festival with a complete script and find a way to connect with producers and have them read it. According to the actor, "It doesn’t matter who you are, producers like material. It doesn't matter who wrote it they don't care as long as it's good and it’ll make a good movie."

Does Vincent D'Onofrio Think He’s Sexy?

Dressed in a black dress shirt, black slacks and black flip-flops during Sunday's conversation, D'Onofrio was asked whether he considered himself sexy. No, he does not but considers himself "talented."

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Thanks Heather and Linda!

5 comments:

Diane said...

Personally, I wish Vincent would let someone else direct, then he could star with Leila. How cool would THAT be :0)

val said...

If Vincent doesn't realise he's sexy after all our years of drooling, he must be modesty incarnate.

TJara said...

I'd love for him to star with Leila, but it might be better for her if he doesn't - with these parents, following their footsteps will be hard enough without being on screen with her father.

Amy said...

He doesn't think he's sexy? *shakes head and walks off*

C said...

This project sounds really exciting! Can't wait to see where it goes.

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"In Dubious Battle" [2016]
An activist gets caught up in the labor movement for farm workers in California during the 1930s. Vincent....Al Anderson

"TENN" [TBA]

A story about the early life of Tennessee Williams

Directed by James Franco
Vincent D'Onofrio, Jacob Loeb

"American Falls" - [TBA]

In a rural town in Southern Idaho, the Suzukis, a Japanese American family, run a small motel. One night they get a strange visitor who sports ‘city’ clothes who turns out to be the first African-American man that Toru Suzuki’s children have ever seen. Yoshiko takes it upon herself to solve the mystery about this man, especially when 2 police officers come knocking on their door.

Short film produced by Erika Hampson.
Vincent D'Onofrio as Detective Foster.

'Purgatory' [TBA]

'Purgatory' [TBA]
Tagline: In the Wild West a lot of blood was spilled... but it didn't go to waste. Vincent....Dallas Stoudenmire

"A Fall From Grace" [TBA]

Detective Michael Tabb knows the city of St. Louis inside and out. He has felt its true heart, as much as its dark underbelly: but he does not know who, in both the dark and light - is taking the lives of young girls.

Director: Jennifer Lynch
Producer/Writer ...Eric Wilkinson

Vincent D'Onofrio ....George Lawson (GRACE's father)
Tim Roth.......Detective Tabb

Filming in St Louis - TBA

"Supreme Ruler" [TBA]

A man campaigns to become the leader of the Buffalo lodge.

Vincent D'Onofrio as Hank Dory
Ron Livingston as Steve
Marcia Gay Harden as Nancy

"The Monster Next Door" [TBA]

"The Monster Next Door" - Comedy Horror

Executive Produced by Dennis Johnson, Melanie Mohlman Produced by Eric Wilkinson, David Michaels
Written by Jim Robbins
Directed by Jennifer Lynch

Cast: Vincent D'Onofrio, Bill Pullman, French Stewart, Bill Moseley

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'Down & Dirty Pictures' - [in Production - Filming TBA]
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