Magic Realism Film on Kickstarter–Interview

CHILD_Poster_001A missing father, a nameless groom and a reincarnated cat. What do these things have in common? They’re all characters in a magic realism film being made in Kansas City later this year, and currently in its third week of Kickstarter funding. Please welcome producer and author  Rachel Greene, also known by her pen name as Aubrey Hansen, who is going to talk about scriptwriting, cats, and what exactly “magic realism” is.

The Story

High school sweetheart Amy is in love with “Child,” a young man who’s grown up without a name – because his mom is convinced his dad will one day come home and give him a proper one. Wanting her wedding to be perfect, Amy convinces Child to set off on a journey to track down his long-lost father once and for all.

There’s only one problem: No one has seen “Greg” in eighteen years. Child’s mother, who’s convinced she’s a fashion designer from the Golden Age of Jazz, claims she met him in 1926. The only proper picture of him is a piece of erotic art painted by Child’s austere grandma. And the person who met him last, Greg’s old girlfriend, died and reincarnated as a cat.

The Interview

Red-Rain-front-cover-revisedFor those who don’t already know you, tell us a little bit about yourself and your previous work.

Hi guys! My name is Rachel Greene, but you probably know me by my penname, Aubrey Hansen. I’m a twenty-something wordsmith from Grandview, Missouri. I’m a published author (Red Rain and Peter’s Angel) and the co-owner of Penoaks Publishing. I’ve been a screenwriter for five years now and have had some short scripts produced (A House for Marge, The Balcony, and Month of the Novel), but this the first time I’m able to produce my own feature. When I’m not writing/producing/helping other writers publish, I’m probably caffeinating, watching movies, or chasing after my crazy cats and wimpy pit bull. Oh yeah, I have a husband too. He’s cute.

CHILD seems to be a big jump in genre from your usual work. What made you decide to delve into something as unusual as magic realism?

It’s true, my usual genres are sci-fi, fantasy, and alternative historical fiction. Sadly, however, it often takes a big budget to produce quality movies in those genres, so by necessity I’m starting where most indie filmmakers do: contemporary. The nice thing about magical realism, however, is that it allows me to put a bit of a twist on the contemporary genre: bright colors, strange happenings, and just a little bit of everyday magic. Magical realism is all about finding the fantasy in everyday life, so when you think about it, it’s just the perfect genre for me.

What exactly is magic realism, anyway? What are some of your favorite examples of books or movies in the genre, and why do you like them?

As mentioned above, magical realism is about finding the magic in everyday life. The brains at Wikipedia define it as a genre “that works on the presumption that magic is an accepted part of reality.” However, the “magic” of magical realism is rarely spells-and-witchcraft fairytale magic. It’s the “magic” of unexplained happenings, the quirks and coincidences that we can’t explain but make our world revolve. The Little Prince, Big Fish, and Midnight in Paris are all considered to be magical realism, but my personal favorite is Hugo.

Have you cast the role of the reincarnated cat yet? Is it a principle character? Do cats have their own union guidelines you have to adhere to?

Keep it down! I don’t need my three beasts banding together and threatening to unionize! They already basically run the place. Although I wouldn’t call the reincarnated cat a principle character, she and her sister are an important stop on the journey for my leads. I am attempting to negotiate a contract with one of my cats, Toothless, but right now he’s insisting on sleeping on the stack of papers on my desk. I don’t know if this is going well.

Your synopsis hints very strongly at time travel. Can you confirm or deny the presence of the roaring 20s in your film?

While we don’t go to the 20s, let’s just say that the 20s come to us.

Where on the world wide web (website, Facebook, Twitter, etc,) can people follow along with the production and be alerted when the film comes out?

You can subscribe to the blog or mailing list, or follow us on Twitter  or Facebook for minute-by-minute updates, production videos, and more! Please also consider supporting us on Kickstarter; the funds from the Kickstarter will go to pay for flying two actors and a professional DP in from LA. Thank you so much!

Katie Lynn Daniels is the author of Supervillain of the Day, and the mastermind behind Vaguely Circular. She blogs about science and things that are peripherally related to science. You can read all her posts here.

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