Monday, January 30, 2012

Heroes Health Project: May 19th

The next Heroes Health Fundraiser will be at Timpanoes Harley Davidson on May 19th.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Vincent D’Onofrio Talks ‘Don’t Go In The Woods’ with CultureMob

CultureMob, 1.25.12
by Allie Hanley

Vincent D’Onofrio has been in more than 50 feature films and the show Law & Order: Criminal Intent (since 2001). He’s a gifted actor who has shared the big screen alongside Jodie Foster (The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys), The Salton Sea with Val Kilmer, Men In Black with Will Smith, and many know him from his role in Full Metal Jacket.

He first came to my attention as Dominic in the 1993 film Mr. Wonderful; As a matter of fact as I am writing this article a song from the movie is playing here at Starbucks. In the film, he’s the rival love interest competing with Matt Dillon and even though he wasn’t the star of the movie, he nonetheless made an impression on me. See the scene and Vincent singing at the end of the article and let me know if you loved that as much as me. He sings alongside Annabella Sciorra.

Vincent also has acted in two of my favorite science fiction films, including Strange Days, and a movie based on a story from writer Phillip K. Dick, Impostor. Both films were well written and I have liked him as an actor from way back in the day. So when the interview came up I jumped at it.

The list of notable talent that he has shared the screen with is long and spans more than 29 years as a professional actor. Not content with just acting Vincent is also producing, writing, and directing other projects. He even recently had a small gig on an audio show called Man on the Ledge by Joe Maggio (Bitter Feast) which appeared on a CD set entitled Tales Beyond The Pale (sample on Amazon).

I recently spoke to Vincent about his new movie, Don’t Go in the Woods, which he not only wrote but directed. The interesting thing about this movie is that it’s an unlikely combination of a musical and horror story. Rarely a combination that pulls big numbers. After speaking with him I got the impression that he seems to care more about trying new things, satisfying his own creativity, and having fun within his career, which is quite admirable in this era of commercialism and the overwhelming self-centeredness that is Hollywood.

Allie Hanley: So you’ve had tremendous success as an actor, tell me about what it’s like going into the writing and directing avenue of movie making vs. being in front of the camera, in your new film Don’t Go In The Woods .

Vincent D’Onofrio: It’s interesting because a few years ago I did a short called Five Minutes, Mr. Welles that did very well and traveled around the world for a couple years. I had a lot of fun doing that, and it was a story that I thought up along with a friend of mine. Then we shot it. So this is just another idea that I thought of as a kind of a fun experiment that is just pure entertainment. It’s some sort of absurd idea of a slasher/musical where everybody sings and everybody dies. One of my friends, Sam Bisbee, is a singer/songwriter/composer… We pitched the idea… and ended up shooting it for $100,000.

We shot it in 12 days and there was no casting director. We just casted off the streets. I used all non-actors, just people who could play and sing. So we knew that we would be writing a “B” type of movie with a horror film structure. [We] put really good melodic music to it, like pop music, and wanted to see if it would work.

AH: So did you have an artistic hand in creating the music?

VO: I would say we all had a little hand in it, but I wouldn’t say that I am the full writer of the music. Sam Bisbee is the writer of music.

AH: So you’ve combined a musical slash horror genre. That’s a cool mash-up right now as both are really popular. What kind of success would you like to see this movie have that would make you happy.

VO: I’m happy now. Before Tribeca I took it around to different colleges and universities. I got to screen it for as many as 500 students in one shot, on a big screen with a great sound system… and they loved it… and that’s great and good enough. The movie is definitely geared towards that age group and those kind of fans, and that’s the kind of music that’s in my movie. We really had nothing else to do, and we knew it was kind of an absurd idea. You can’t really expect but for people to be entertained and that seems to be happening; so we’re pretty happy about that.

AH: A few months ago a package showed up in my mail and when I opened it I saw your face on the cover of one of the CDs. I was surprised as I typically get novels, films, and even comic books to review. As it turns out, this is like a film but just the sound only. It’s in small 30 minute bites that you can listen to in the car. The first one I slid into my CD player was of you voice acting in a story Man on the Ledge with Joe Maggio. It was cool, well done, and different. Tell me about the unusual role.

VO: They just asked me to do it, and I liked it, so I did it. I knew Joe a little bit through a friend of Sam Bisbee’s. I just went in and did it in a few hours. It was fun and I love doing the kind of stuff. It was fun to do.

AH: The sound effects and and sound production was really fantastic. You’ve done an impressive amount of quality film and television acting, as well as some producing, directing and are really well known. As it turns out I mentioned to my mother that I was going to interview you. She never knows anyone that I am interviewing. I even sat down with Gary Oldman about a week ago, and she didn’t know who he was, but when I mentioned you her eyes lit up and she told me about “how clever you are” and went on and on about you. In actuality she was telling me about the character you play on Law and Order: Criminal Intent and was confusing who you play, with who you are. Does that happen frequently to you when you meet fans?

VO: I don’t know… not really. I don’t know if it’s a confusion; But when you commit yourself to acting in a role you are either going to be liked for it or disliked for it. So, you might as well commit yourself 100% to it because there is only two outcomes. When I travel the world, there are people that come up to me and see me from these different roles, whether’s it’s Criminal Intent… some people hate them and some people love them [the characters]. It’s not really that they are being confused, it’s just that they are really talking about the character. It’s not confusing to me – really because I know that they are talking about the character. They are just so happy and entertained that they need to talk about it.

AH: You have five films in post right now and two in pre-production. Tell me about one of them.

VO: The Jennifer Chambers Lynch film that I did (Chained), is a really distubing film, but I really enjoyed working with her. Hopefully people will get to see that one soon. I’ve done some other things too. This past summer I got some really good acting experience, so all these things that I do, I am really enthusiastic about. I hope everyone likes them too.

AH: You’ve had ride-ranging success in several entertainment venues, is that attributed to the way you were raised?

VO: I think it might have to do with the fact that I was raised to appreciate art in a very legitimate way and to know the difference between Pop and the Fine Arts. Now that I have been doing it for so long, there are a few people out there that sort of get me as a performer, and I think that I have been just lucky to grab the attention of those few and they’ve given me jobs in all different aspects of the business of story-telling and entertainment. It’s basically luck that I’ve drawn the attention of the few, and as you know there are so many people out there creating this type of entertainment. A lot of it is not really my style of stuff, but I have been fortunate to attract the attention of a very few that do kind of get my style and will employ me.

AH: So with that in mind is Don’t Go In The Woods your style?

VO: It was at the moment. We wanted to make this little film, and we knew it would be absurd film, but the trick was to make it really entertaining for a certain age group and have it geared to an age group with the music. It was an idea that I committed myself to and it just sort of took off. So in that moment it meant everything to me, but now I just sort of see it as something that I did and I would like people to be entertained by it.

Don’t Go In The Woods is playing on Video On Demand currently and opening limited in theaters. There is a review running on CultureMob of the film entitled Low Budget- Don’t Go In The Woods Makes for Distinguished Slasher Musical from writer Jeremy Kibler. He basically sums up the movie giving it a B- which I would have to agree with. His article does a nice job of laying out the film and some of the key points. However, I would like to say that I was impressed with the music (and lyrics) and expect to see more down the road from Sam Bisbee. Bottom line, Vincent D’Onofrio is a genuine talent that comes across unaffected as an artist. He is creating pop art in his new movie and isn’t concerned what critics think and how much money a project makes. He’s on the right track and is enjoying life on his terms and creating what works for him.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

"Robot and Frank" premieres at Sundance

"Robot and Frank", co-produced by Sam Bisbee and Erika Hampson ("Don't Go in the Woods", "The New Tenants"), will screen at the Sundance Film Festival.

Frank Langella

CAST: Frank Langella, Susan Sarandon, James Marsden, Liv Tyler, Peter Saarsgard

Produced by:
Lance Acord .... producer
Jeremy Bailer .... executive producer
Jackie Kelman Bisbee .... producer
Sam Bisbee .... producer
Theodora Dunlap .... associate producer
Erika Hampson .... co-producer
Galt Niederhoffer .... producer
Cody Ryder .... co-producer

Directed by: Jake Schreier

Set sometime in the future, Robot & Frank is a delightful dramatic comedy, a buddy picture, and, for good measure, a heist film. Curmudgeonly old Frank lives by himself. His routine involves daily visits to his local library, where he has a twinkle in his eye for the librarian. His grown children are concerned about their father’s well-being and buy him a caretaker robot. Initially resistant to the idea, Frank soon appreciates the benefits of robotic support—like nutritious meals and a clean house—and eventually begins to treat his robot like a true companion. With his robot’s assistance, Frank’s passion for his old, unlawful profession is reignited, for better or worse.

Frank Langella makes acting—and acting with a robot, no less—look effortless, and his relationship with the machine is filled with poignant exchanges and amusing adventures. First-time director Jake Schreier creates a lush world with futuristic flourishes and tells a beautiful story about family and the implications of humankind’s ever-changing relationship with technology.

Film Guide and Screening Times.

"Robot and Frank" also screens this week at Brooklyn Academy of Music in Brooklyn as part of Sundance Film Festival USA but tickets are sold out!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Ronnie B interviews Vincent D'Onofrio

Radio interview on the "Ron and Fez Show" on on Sirius XM Satellite Radio

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Saturday, January 14, 2012

Video: A Friday the 13th Treat From Vincent D'Onofrio

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Upcoming Screenings: Don't Go In the Woods

Don't Go in the Woods
Premiere: Friday, February 03 | Rated NR | Horror / Musical | 83 min

Presented by Nightmares on High Street. Sponsored by CD 101 @102.5 fm. All seats $6.

First-time director Vincent D'Onofrio explores love, greed and ruthlessness in this twisted musical/horror hybrid, telling the story of a young band who heads to the woods to get away from their everyday lives in order to focus on writing new songs. Hoping to walk away from the trip with new tunes that will score them their big break, they instead find themselves in the middle of a nightmare beyond comprehension. Displaying the musical talents of a gifted ensemble cast as they sing songs penned by acclaimed singer-songwriter Sam Bisbee, DON'T GO IN THE WOODS unexpectedly veers from terrifying horror to musical moments, truly keeping viewers captivated, terrified and entertained in equal measure.

Screening at:
Gateway Film Center
1550 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43201

February 03 2012
12:00 AM
February 04 2012
1:30 PM 12:00 AM
February 07 2012
7:30 PM
February 09 2012
9:30 PM

Screening at:
Laemmle Music Hall
in Los Angeles
Friday, February 10

Screening of DGITW and Q&A at Cinema Village, NYC

Update from Sapphire902
Sam announced at the beginning that Vincent has the flu. Guess he didn't get his flu shot! He sent his apologies.

Thanks for update Blanca!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Vincent D'Onofrio chats about his new movie

MovieBuzzers, 1.13.12
by Melissa Hanson

Hearing Vincent D’Onofrio, many might not know who he is, but say, “Edgar suit,” “Private Pyle” or “Goren from Criminal Intent” and then you’ll see the “Oh! That guy!” face. He’s appeared in over 50 films, but he flies mostly under the radar to the general public taking on roles that are obscure and often go unrecognized. I got the chance to sit down with the actor-turned-director to talk about his newest film, Don’t Go In The Woods. He’s behind the camera this time after conceiving the story and shooting it in a mere 12 days on a budget, after post-production, of just around $100,000.

The film is about a young band of guys who go on a camping trip to concentrate on writing songs for their new album without the distractions of home like technology or girls. After walking endlessly through the woods, they settle on a spot and as they are just starting to get work done, a group of their friends (all girls), show up and (seemingly) disrupt their songwriting. Throughout the entire film, the characters break out in song much like those in the TV show Glee, while at the same time, a deranged killer is on the loose killing them one by one.

D’Onofrio conceived the story because he wanted to do an absurd movie; what he calls a “slasher musical, where everybody sings and everybody dies.” He gathered all the people he’s worked with over the years to shoot for as little money as he could and as quick as possible. “I really don’t feel like a director, I just feel like somebody that’s just trying to get something done and try to get away with it, without costing everyone too much money.”

Asking him about directing, he reveals that he gets shy about referring to himself as a director. He directed a short film, Five Minutes, Mr. Welles, which played at several film festivals in 2004 and 2005 and garnered much praise, but when speaking of directing Don’t Go In To The Woods, he acts as though it was not a big deal. “I’ve been around enough cameramen and crews in my life to have learned how to shoot things.” It’s obvious to me that he’s a natural, but he’s incredibly humble and gives all the credit to those in the cast and crew. He’s extremely confident when he talks about the story though, and it’s actually quite inspiring: “I completely commit no matter how absurd I know it’s going to turn out.”

In taking Don’t Go In The Woods on the road, he often screened at colleges and universities. You could see it gave him great joy to show the film to an audience of sometimes 300-500 students because of the impressive screening facilities and great sound systems. He describes people were yelling at the screen and after at the Q&A, students would comment that they couldn’t wait for characters to die or how annoying the characters were. “That’s why we made it,” he says proudly.

D’Onofrio goes on to say that he never critiques horror movies. “The thing about the horror genre, it’s an excuse to not critique.” He explains that there are exceptions, such as with epic directors, such as, of course, The Shining, which is not only horror, but a great film. He brings up an interesting point when speaking about the genre; something that I have never really understood or been able to pinpoint. “Unlike the comedy and dramatic genres and even sci-fi, horror is just horror. You know what you’re going to get going in. You know that you have to take a leap of faith. You know there’s going to be a bad guy, and he’s really not going to make a lot of sense.” I had never thought of it this way. He talks about how when he goes to the movies to see anything other than a horror film, he expects it to be a great movie. He holds it to a certain standard. But with horror, it’s an excuse to turn your mind off and just enjoy the ride. I am now beginning to see the appeal. I see so many movies that I do like to see one now and again that just simply entertains me. I don’t give an entire genre a free pass though.

He refers to the horror genre as being “non-acting.” He goes on to describe it as “flat” and “kids talking lines.” It’s something that he says is very different from what he does for a living, “so it’s very entertaining for me to watch.”

When I asked him what some of his favorite horror movies are, he immediately answers with the French film, High Tension (2003) by director Alexandre Aja. His endorsement: “It’s just so absurd. It makes no sense whatsoever.” This makes me hesitant, but I do believe I’ll check it out. He goes on to say that the acting is “very good” and of a higher caliber than those of horror in general. He loves all slasher movies, even the B-versions. He explains that with movies like Final Destination, it’s again, just entertainment. You can turn your mind off. I comment that I enjoyed Dead Alive. He adds, “I like movies like Dead Alive much more than the Hostel-type movies or the Saw movies. Those movies don’t interest me at all. I find them to be a bit offensive, and I don’t like the way they portray women in them. The context is just wrong.” I find his entire thought process to be quite fascinating. I have never really taken this much time to dissect these types of films.

When searching for the film online (it’s currently available VOD) the genres of “horror” and “musical” come up as descriptions. It’s certainly not for everyone, and I have to say, I didn’t enjoy the film at all, but after speaking with D’Onofrio, I understand more about the horror genre as a whole than I ever expected to and have gained much more respect for it.

Check out Alex’s full review of the film, here.

Don’t Go In the Woods stars Bo Boddie, Eric Bogosian, Gwynn Galitzer, Jorgen Jorgensen, Tim Lajcik, Soomin Lee, Kate O’Malley, Matt Sbeglia, Casey Smith, Nick Thorp, and Cassandra Walker. It is being released by Tribeca Films in NY on January 13th and will expand to other markets in early February. It is currently available on VOD.

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Vincent D'Onofrio talks about his slasher musical, 'Don't Go in the Woods', 1.13.12
by Clark Collis

The words “slasher film” and “musical” are not often heard together in the same sentence. That may be about to change, thanks to Vincent D’Onofrio and his directorial debut Don’t Go in the Woods, which opens in New York today. This “slasher musical” tracks a rock band as they attempt to write songs in the wilds of upstate New York only to get picked off by a mallet-wielding psychopath. Below, the star of Full Metal Jacket and Law and Order: Criminal Intent talks about how he came up with the idea for his genre-fusing film, why he tried not to think about Stanley Kubrick while he was making it, and his country & western alter-ego George “Geronimo” Gerkie.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: No one likes to pigeonholed. However, it’s fair to say there’s little about your acting career that would suggest the possibility of you one day directing a slasher musical.

VINCENT D’ONOFRIO: That’s what everybody is saying to me, yeah. I was getting the rights to make another film and it was taking so long. I have a house in the woods upstate and I was driving with my wife back to the city and I said, “Well, what can I do now? I’m bored. I want to shoot something.”

We talked about what I had available to me. One of my good friends, Sam Bisbee, is a singer-songwriter and composer and Joe Vinciguerra, who wrote the script with us, is a friend, and he’s one of the screenwriting professors at NYU, and we have these beautiful woods. I swear to you, the next thing that came out of my mouth to her was, “Why don’t I make a slasher musical, in our woods, with non-actors?”

We shot it in 12 days and the production cost very little money. A hundred grand total was spent on the movie. We found some incredibly talented kids to be in it. Everybody’s really singing and everybody’s really playing their instruments. It was a project we just did for the hell of it. I really don’t know what people expect from me. I just know what I feel like doing. So I think I’ll just keep doing that.

EW:I’m pretty sure this is the first movie in which someone is killed with a melodica, if that’s what the instrument is.
VINCENT D'ONOFRIO: That’s exactly what it is. I’m surprised you know. You must be a musician.

EW: Actually, I’m a big fan of the late reggae musician Augustus Pablo, who played the instrument.
VINCENT D'ONOFRIO: It was going to be an accordion. We had to sit around figuring out all these different ways to kill off the cast and one of them was to have an accordion hooked to a tube, tape a tube to somebody’s mouth, and suffocate them while they’re breathing in and out playing some weird tune. But we couldn’t find an accordion player that was as good as Casey [Smith] as an actor, so we chose the melodica instead.

EW: Save it for Don’t Go in the Woods 2!
VINCENT D'ONOFRIO: Yeah, right. Exactly.

EW: Did anyone ever get lost in the woods?
VINCENT D'ONOFRIO: We didn’t lose anybody. I think a few people lost their minds. But we didn’t actually lose anybody physically.

EW: As an actor, you’ve worked with some legendary directors. Was there ever a moment when you were standing out there in the forest and thought, I wonder what Stanley Kubrick would do here?
VINCENT D'ONOFRIO: It’s funny you say that. Because it haunts you, is what it does. It makes you feel totally useless. From my point of view, when I think of the directors I’ve worked in my career, it doesn’t help to think about how great they were, and how great they are. I feel inadequate as a director compared to them. So you just have to keep in mind this is what you want to do and you’re going to do it your way and you have to fully commit to that rather than to think about these guys. If I had thought about Stanley during the shoot I would have left after the first day.

EW: What kind of music do you listen to?
VINCENT D'ONOFRIO: It’s everywhere. I was just listening to Coltrane today. Just everywhere. I’m 53 and I grew up with so many different kinds of music, especially being here in New York. There was so much rock & roll here and so much jazz and so much blues that it’s tough to just like one type of music.

EW: You have a country & western alter-ego, George “Geronimo” Gerkie?
VINCENT D'ONOFRIO: George is a character I invented so that I could sing country & western music. There’s a great bunch of studio musicians here in New York who call themselves the Loser’s Lounge. They perform at Joe’s Pub all the time. Sam and I approached them to help us out and create this kind of…. I think I called it Vincent D’Onofrio Presents a Country & Western Experience, something like that. So we’ve done a few shows to raise money for different things. It’s just a blast. George Gerkie is an intense character. I kind of talk about him as if he’s a real person. It’s not a clown show by any means. George is very complicated.

EW: Finally, one of the characters in Don’t Go in the Woods has a t-shirt with the slogan “I Piss Excellence.” My question: Where can I get that?
VINCENT D'ONOFRIO: [Laughs] You’d have to get them from our wardrobe girl. I don’t know where she got that.

D’Onofrio, Bisbee, Vinciguerra, and Don’t Go in The Woods cast members will be participating in a Q&A after tonight’s 9:30 p.m. screening at Cinema Village in New York.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Exclusive Video Interview: Vincent D'Onofrio Talks Don't Go In the Woods

ShockTillYouDrop, 1.11.12
by Edward Douglas

Vincent D'Onofrio may be best known for his acting, from his early work in Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket to his role in Tarsem's The Cell through his extended run on "Law and Order: Criminal Intent," but a few years ago, he decided to direct a movie and so was born Don't Go In the Woods, a self-described "slasher musical" which puts a spin on the typical "kids go into the woods and are knocked off one by one" horror movie we've seen so many times over the last thirty odd years.

While D'Onofrio's horror debut is just as graphic and gory as you'd expect from any slasher film, what sets it apart is the fact so much of the story is based around music in the form of songs written by D'Onofrio's musical friend Sam Bisbee. The logic is that the unwitting victims in this case are a band on a sabbatical to spend time in the woods to work on some new songs, joined by a group of women. Shortly after they arrive, they start disappearing and being systematically slaughtered… and there are a bunch of songs in between the kills. (There's actually a precedent for this sort of thing with B-horror movies of the '60s and '70s in which young people would sit around a fire singing songs or dance to some hip rock band, so maybe it's not such a weird concept.)

Shock Till You Drop sat down with D'Onofrio earlier this week for the following video interview which started simply enough with us discussing his decision to direct and why he chose a "slasher musical" as his first movie, we then transition into the casting of non-actors and music, the influence of films like High Tension, and eventually we get into a fairly lengthy conversation about the quality of acting in horror films as well as briefly touch upon his work in Scott Derickson's found footage movie Sinister, which D'Onofrio almost literally phoned in (via Skype).

Don't Go In the Woods is now playing on Video on Demand, but if you're in New York City and looking to see some horror on Friday the 13th, it's playing at the Cinema Village.

Interview: Vincent D'Onofrio Don't Go In the Woods

Suicide Girls, 1.11.12
By Fred Topel
Vincent D’Onofrio has been a memorable character actor for 25 years. The first role most people remember was Pvt. Pyle, the marine cadet driven insane by a drill instructor in Full Metal Jacket. From other dark roles like a serial killer in The Cell and a meth dealer in The Salton Sea to high comedy as a farmer possessed by an alien in Men in Black, D’Onofrio may be unrecognizable between roles, but always distinct.

D’Onofrio moves behind the scenes as director with the horror musical Don’t Go In the Woods. That’s right, horror musical. The conventional slasher movie gets a twist when a band goes on a forest retreat to write songs, and breaks into song as they’re being chased by a killer.

Sam Bisbee and Bo Boddie wrote the music for the film and most of the actors are first timers, so if you like them you can’t see any of their previous work. I sort of fell in love with Kate O’Malley so it’s a bummer she hasn’t done anything else. D’Onofrio had previously directed a 30 minute short, but Woods is his feature debut.

On the phone from New York, D’Onofrio sounded as intense as I expected, and hoped he would be. Not intimidating, mind you. It was a friendly conversation, going into depth about his process on both sides of the camera, and touching on some of the filmography I love. Don’t Go In the Woods is now available for download on VOD, it opens in New York theaters Jan. 13 and comes to L.A. in February.

SuicideGirls: When you directed the feature, did you direct actors the way you like to be directed yourself?
Vincent D’Onofrio: I guess, yeah, in a very practical way. That’s the way I like to be directed. I don’t like to hear a bunch of metaphors and things like that. I just like them to guide me in a very practical sense, story, very practical story way. That’s my natural thing. I by no means feel like a director or anything. I just feel like I do this thing and here it is. The one thing, because they’re young, I had their trust very easily and I respected the trust that they gave me.
Would you share any of your own acting technique with them?
Yes, Nick [Thorp] who played the blind bass player, I taught him a little trick or two.
Anything you could share with us?
No. No, no, not that it’s a secret, it’s just boring acting stuff. He was very good. He did it really well.
When you have been directed by Stanley Kubrick, do you try to keep anything from that experience or would you try to avoid anything that could be measured unfavorably against that?
I think that any influence that any director has given me or will give me in the past is a good thing. I don’t make a conscious decision to do, but I’ve always been a sponge, since I was a kid, where I absorb everything. Especially if it has to do with the arts, I think it’s there. I remember so many different scene constructions and so many different shots from so many movies in my life that I’m sure it’s bound to come up.
What are some of the memorable scenes and shots in your memory?
Well, I remember the use of the crane that Kubrick used to use, and the use of baby jibs that Altman used to use. He would take a baby jib and put it on a track and have six or seven cablers just keeping the cable out of the shot. The shot could just go anywhere you wanted. Just stuff like that. It could make a scene like the world is completely open to you in the film, when in fact you’re still having to perform in a certain area but there’s ways they can create the feeling of the world just being completely open and the shot is not locked to a certain direction.
Did the music come first?
Some of the music was already written by Sam and some of it was written for the film.
Were you casting for singers who could act or actors you could teach to sing?
No, no, nonactors. I didn’t want any actors.
Yeah, they were mostly first time actors.
Yeah, because I wanted this kind of flat delivery, a mix between that kind of early Smith and Linklater films to Bewitched from ‘70s television. I wanted a mix of that.
Have you been frustrated that horror movies have been casting well known actors, when it used to be a genre for up and comers?
Well, well known doesn’t mean they’re good. I think the greatest thing about the horror genre is that it’s rarely critiqued unless it’s some kind of huge horror website that critiques bad horror films. It’s different. The horror genre I think is different than sci-fi, drama or comedy. When you go to see a horror film, you expect to take a huge leap of faith and you just go to be purely entertained in the most purely raw way. You don’t expect to see any credible performances and in most of them, I’m talking about the slasher genre, you don’t see incredible cinematography. You don’t see incredible writing, you don’t see incredible performance. You just go for the entertainment, for the scare factor, for something new that you haven’t seen in a horror film before, just to be blown away by something you weren’t expecting. It’s not really judged in any other way than that or at least I don’t anyway. There’s a different style of acting around these days in general, not just in horror films which is a kind of flat acting, like I said a mixture of slacker acting and ‘70s television acting that doesn’t require a lot of technique. It’s not Meryl Streep in The Iron Lady or Gary Oldman. You watch actors like them and they’re technically so good that they bring you with them into this world. You know it’s them, you know it’s acting, you know they have incredible technique but they still take you. There’s this other style that’s around that’s in a lot of films, especially young films with young people and a lot of television. Most of television I think where it’s this mixture of non acting, flat performances, people just talking kind of stuff which I find great to watch. I love to watch it. It’s very different from my generation of acting but I find it thoroughly entertaining and that’s what I went for in Don’t Go In the Woods.
Are you trying to incorporate that style into your own repertoire?
No, I can’t. I can’t do it. I can’t do it. I’m more of a character actor where I put many, many layers on top of myself and then perform. I juggle, if you were to consider choices balls that you juggle, I juggle many balls while I’m performing. That’s because I’m that kind of an actor, that’s what I do.
Do you find you’re able to transform into any character you want?
I think the only thing that limits me is my height.
So do casting directors ever say, “You’re too this or too that” and they can’t see you in a role?
Well, yes, of course. You asked if I see, not if casting directors see.
I know, that’s my follow up, the other side of the equation.
Of course, yeah. Otherwise I’d have a much more substantial career than I have.
Because I imagine you as someone who can play everything.
Well, I try but as a director, when you’re writing a script or if you’re involved in developing a film, or even when you just read a film, you start to see the characters right away. For a comfort zone and for you to be so locked into your movie so that you get in some kind of zone, you want the kind of actor that you saw when you read it or when you were developing it. You want somebody that fits that. So for me to just jump into somebody’s comfort zone, if I’m nothing like what they saw the character as, it’s a difficult thing to do. No matter how good an actor you are, that can be difficult.
Is your process as intense as it may seem?
It can be. Sometimes it’s lighter than others. It depends on the part.
Do you ever hear from marines about the impact Pvt. Pyle has had?
Aaaall the time. Marines, federal agents, anybody that’s ever been involved in the shit before.
Is it heartbreaking or gratifying?
It’s always done in a really respectful way so I always feel really proud, even though I’m not pro-war in any way or anything. But just the soldiers themselves, the soldiers that I’ve met and the agents and law enforcement people that I’ve met in my life, they just have so much integrity. They just feel so good when they talk to you about things you’ve done because they’re the kind of people that run into buildings when something bad’s happening. I’m the kind that runs out. When they think that you’re something special, it makes you feel so cool. It’s such a legitimate thing when it comes from them, is what I’m trying to say.
What was your experience of playing real life characters Robert E. Howard and Abbie Hoffman?
They’re great experiences because you meet the people that were involved in their lives and they end up seeing the film. The Abbie Hoffman thing, anybody that was still around was still there, Chicago 7 was there while we were shooting. You know you’re doing a good job when they’re happy. When they’re not happy, you know you’re not doing such a good job.
Technically you did play Thor before he was a blockbuster star.
That’s right.
How did it feel to see that character become well known, when it was an inside joke in Adventures in Babysitting?
It’s cool. I always liked the character of Thor when I was a kid so it was cool to see the movie. I like all those hero movies. I think it’s silly that people give them such a hard time. I don't think those movies should be judged either. I think they’re just for pure entertainment.
As a character actor, did the visibility of Law & Order make you more recognizable?
I’m definitely more recognizable. It made me a better actor I think than I was before, a less lazy actor than I was previously. I was just a film actor that would do a couple films a year. Films would take a long time to make back before the show. Now that the digital world is here, and I had this 10 year experience on television, my acting chops are much more honed. I’m a quicker learner. A 13 hour day is nothing compared to what you do on television.
Was directing always part of your plan?
No. I just have these ideas that come up and if they can be put into script form, then I’m going to make them. If I can’t put them into script form, then I’m just going to leave them behind. I just started a few years ago, 5-6 years ago, to have these ideas that I see as movies. As long as that keeps happening, I’ll keep trying to make them.
When can we get the soundtrack to Don't Go In The Woods?
I don't know. I hope soon. We’ll see if the movie makes anybody any money, then maybe we’ll come out with a soundtrack.
Wouldn’t that be part of the profits if you can release it on itunes?
Well, you would think, but everything is not that black and white.
Of the acting roles you have coming up, what are the roles you’re excited about?
I really enjoyed doing this Jennifer Lynch film that I did. I loved working with her. We did a very intense, disturbing movie together. I liked doing that a lot and that has a distributor already so it should be coming out at the end of winter or something like that.
What kind of character do you get to play in Chained?
I think Chained is going to be called The Human Puzzle now, I think. It’s a very disturbing character. It’s an examination of the human psyche which is told by the relationship between the killer and a kid. It’s just a very disturbing examination of these two people.

Milling About with Vincent D'Onofrio

BlogTalkRadio: Milling About

Vincent D'Onofrio joins Robin Milling on Friday, Jan 13 at 11am

Law & Order Criminal Intent star Vincent D'Onofrio makes his directorial debut with the slasher musical Don't Go Into The Woods. Vincent tells host Robin Milling everyone on the shoot, including himself helped with the special effects. Shooting in the woods of his country home was easy as he traded in his cop connections to shoot hassle-free.

For his next project Vincent plays a killer rather than filming them in the upcoming Jennifer Lynch film.

D'Onofrio: 'I'M Married - Get Your Facts Straight!', 1.11.12

Actor Vincent D'Onofrio is urging profile website bosses to get their facts straight - because his wife is tired of reading notes suggesting the couple is unwed or divorced.

The Law & Order: Criminal Intent star has been married to his second wife Carin van der Donk for 16 years and he can't believe the information he reads online about his status.

He tells, "My wife goes on there (online) occasionally and they still have us as not being married. There's some thing about us getting divorced or something. It's ridiculous.

"I'm married to my wife almost 16 years now. I just wish they would get it right."

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

"Sinister" synopsis, 1.9.12

Summit has released images and synopses for their 2012 line-up.




A true crime novelist (Ethan Hawke) struggling to find his next big story, moves his family into a house where the horrific murder of an entire family took place. But after finding a box of home videos in which other families are also brutally murdered, his investigation leads him to a supernatural entity that may be placing his own family in harm’s way.

U.S. release is August 24, 2012.

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Monday, January 9, 2012

Vincent D'Onofrio on Fangirl Radio!

Horrorhound Magazine, 1.9.12

Jessica Dwyer here with some news you can use!

This Thursday at 7pm Central (8pm EST) Vincent D'Onofrio is my guest on my radio series Fangirl Radio. He'll be talking about his new horror musical film "Don't Go In The Woods." D'Onofrio is no stranger to the world of horror, having starred in The Cell, Ed Wood, and even worked on the soundtrack to 976-Evil 2. He's also a horror movie fan and has created a slasher flick that's a musical at its core.

The episode will focus on the subgenre of horror musicals along with the interview. You can listen on iTunes radio streaming live (its under the talk catagory and the station is Jackalope Radio.) Or you can go to for more options.

In the meantime check out the trailer for the film which is available for rental on iTunes and Video On Demand and will be in theaters in limited release this month.

Congratulations to "American Falls"!

They have reached their funding goal to complete post production. We'll watch for their entry into the festival circuit this spring.


A short film by Be' Garrett
A Zena Group Film
Directed by Be’ Garrett, Produced by Be’ Garrett, Josh Liveright, Erika Hampson, Windi See Vianello, Written by Be’ Garrett & Josh Liveright

Based on the story by Barry Gifford

In a rural town in southern Idaho a Japanese-American family owns and operates a small motel. The year is 1965, the height of the Civil Rights Era. One night a stranger sporting ‘city’ clothes checks in, the first African-American man that Toru Suzuki’s children have ever seen. Yoshiko, Toru’s precocious 13 year old daughter, takes it upon herself to solve the mystery of this man, especially after two detectives come knocking on their door in the middle of the night.

Starring: Kazumi Aihara, Louis Ozawa Changchien, Curtiss Cook, Sean Cullen, Vincent D’Onofrio, Amy Fujioka and Taishi Hosokawa

Sunday, January 8, 2012

DON'T GO IN THE WOODS opens Friday at Cinema Village in NYC plus Q&A with Vincent D'Onofrio!

New York, mark your calendars! Don't Go In The Woods opens THIS FRIDAY (1/13) at the Cinema Village, followed by a special Q&A with director Vincent D'Onofrio and the cast of the film! 1.14.12 Update from Blanca (Sapphire802)- Sam Bisbee announced at the beginning that Vincent has the flu.

DON'T GO IN THE WOODS - (unrated)
2011 - USA - English - 107 minutes - Tribeca Film
Directed by: Vincent D'Onofrio
Featuring: Bo Boddie, Eric Bogosian, Gwynn Galitzer, Jorgen Jorgensen, Tim Lajcik, Soomin Lee, Kate O'Malley

Don’t go in the woods is sound advice, especially when there's a killer on the loose. First-time director Vincent D'Onofrio (FULL METAL JACKET, "Law & Order: Criminal Intent") explores love, greed and ruthlessness in this twisted musical/horror hybrid, telling the story of a young band who heads to the woods to get away from their everyday lives in order to focus on writing new songs. Hoping to walk away from the trip with new tunes that will score them their big break, they instead find themselves in the middle of a nightmare beyond comprehension.

The film cleverly walks an unusual line, maintaining genuine suspense alongside a sinister sense of dread that haunts the characters as it explores the lengths that people will go in order to make their dreams come true. Displaying the musical talents of a gifted ensemble cast as they sing songs penned by acclaimed singer-songwriter Sam Bisbee, DON'T GO IN THE WOODS unexpectedly veers from terrifying horror to musical moments that wouldn't be out of place on "Glee", truly keeping viewers captivated, terrified and entertainment in equal measure.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Video: American Falls Trailer

n a rural town in southern Idaho a Japanese-American family owns and operates a small motel, it is 1965, the height of the Civil Rights Era. One night a stranger sporting 'city' clothes checks in, the first African-American man that Toru Suzuki's children have ever seen. Yoshiko, Toru's precocious 13 year old daughter, takes it upon herself to solve the mystery of this man.

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List of films in production.

"In Dubious Battle" [2016]

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


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

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

'Down & Dirty Pictures' - [in Production - Filming TBA]
Vincent......Harvey Weinstein

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