Interview with Adam Bagger & Céline Geiger: Objects in the Rearview
Continuing our interest in the filmmakers campaigning for funding on Kickstarter, we discovered Adam Bagger and Céline Geiger. Adam and Céline brought their film, Objects In The Rearview, to Kickstarter to raise $12,000 for production costs. Their campaign was exceptionally successful and it ended with more than $20,000 in pledges from interested backers. What caught our eye about this campaign was the film’s very relatable plot and its talented cast (including Jonathan Tucker, Mekenna Melvin, Kim Shaw, Lindsey Shaw, and Dave Futernick). Adam and Céline were kind enough to answer a few questions for us regarding the film
Q: Where did the idea for this film come from? What is your background in filmmaking?
Adam: The idea for this film came from this thought that every time something good happens to someone we love, we’re supposed to be happy for them. But what if we can’t bring ourselves to feel happiness? And what if we don’t want to pretend? What if we act completely irresponsibly instead? Structurally, we wanted to explore how a single afternoon can start off in a happy, positive place and just spiral wildly out of control over the course of a few hours, and end up in a place that the audience (hopefully) didn’t think they’d be when they started off. We also really wanted to take a character to the brink, to allow her the freedom to make a terrible decision, and then just smash to black before we see any of the judgment. The audience never sees the consequences of Elissa’s actions — they can come to their own conclusions about what happens. We have some ideas about what we think would probably happen, but nothing for certain. The point of it all, for us, is not the fallout — it’s the process of watching her character go through this decision-making process over the course of the film.
Q: How would you categorize your movie with regard to genre?
Céline: Indie / mumblecore.
Q: Who do you expect your audience will be? Who are you trying to reach out to?
Adam: 20somethings, 30somethings, anyone who appreciates realism in film, anyone who loves warts and all characters, drama or a lot of yelling and tears.
Q: What is the draw for your audience? What is the plot andwhat makes your film unique?
Céline: The plot examines the lives of three college friends as they begin to make steps towards (and away from) the adults they are meant to become. The film deals with issues of friendship, envy, restlessness, regret — all stemming from this idea that, age-wise, these characters are all technically “adults” — but some of them have a hard time classifying themselves as such, because their lives are light years away from where they thought they’d be when they imagined how their late 20s would look. The film is unique in that the characters pull no punches with each other — they’re best friends, but they say things intentionally to cause pain, and without regard for how their words will affect others.
Q: Did you draw influences for this film from other films? Which ones? Are there any specific directors you draw inspiration from?
Adam: We plan to shoot Objects in the Rearview with gritty realism, and trace past influences to John Cassavetes and Sidney Lumet, and present influences to Jim Jarmusch and Spike Jonze, to name a few. At its heart, Objects in the Rearview is a character study of conflicting personalities within a confined space, much like Lumet’s tense jury deliberation portrayal in his 1957 film 12 Angry Men.
Q: Are there any specific locations you want to film at or have filmed at? What makes these locations special to you and the project?
Céline: We put a lot of thought into our location choice, since our house is just as much of a character as our cast. We’ve chosen one of LA’s original craftsman cottages, perched high on a hillside in Echo Park, overlooking the downtown skyline.
For more information about the film, the cast, and the crew, visit the film’s Kickstarter page here: http://kck.st/K0r8DY