Originally Posted on: November 11th, 2013
Charlie JJ Kruger sits down with Andrew van den Houten, producer for the film 'Jug Face'.
H-P: How did the idea for 'Jug Face' begin? Where did it come from, and how did it snowball into the story we saw on the screen?
ANDREW: It came from Chad's (the director's) brain and was sent to after he emailed me out of the blue one afternoon on my way back from the gym. What caught my attention was that his script was award winning from Slamdance.
CHAD: The idea for Jug Face came from a visit to a Southern Folk Pottery Museum in north Georgia. Chad saw there a face jug for the first time and came up with the idea as he watched a video of a potter talking about the process of making face jugs. It seemed like the potter was talking about back woods black magic.
H-P: Were there any roles in the film written for specific people, or did you just hunt down the perfect actors for each one?
ANDREW: I brought together a cast for Chad of actors I had been working with and personally a huge fan of for years. He was very open to my suggestions.
H-P: You have produced a few of my favorite recent horror films (Home Movies, The Woman, Headspace, and now this one, Jug Face). How do you keep finding yourself at the center of/attached to such amazing work?
ANDREW: I go with my gut. The films you mention all spoke to me in one way or another and had writers and directors that I really wanted to work with. Headspace I directed so it was a challenge being both producer and director, however, I learned a lot and met many of the fabulous actors I continue to work with today. I also am a fan of the film and proud with what we pulled off with such a tight budget.
H-P: I know what I got out of Jug Face, and the messages I could see, but were there any specific lessons or points you were trying to make with this film?
ANDREW: I find it interesting how worship and religious belief are the cornerstone for so many close-knit communities in America and around the world. Jug Face nicely explores the question, can a person escape the religious ways they are brought up on? Can free thinking actually exist where religion is the main way of life?
It exposes how delicate it can be to a community's existence if the pillar of faith and religion are questioned, and in the case of Ada from Jug Face, abandoned. It is scary to what end people are willing to sacrifice themselves for the belief that they are doing the right thing for their community and loved ones and faith. Chad wrote a very layered and complex film within a genre that is fraught with complacency and copy cats. Jug Face is special and the story incredibly original.
H-P: Have you been happy with the reaction the film has been getting so far?
ANDREW: Couldn't be happier. People get the film and fans of the movie are continuously sharing it with their friends. It really is turning into another cult classic and I couldn't be happier for all the hard work our team put into the movie.
H-P: Do you have any further projects in development, or at least talked about, with any of the cast and crew of Jug Face?
ANDREW: Currently I have films in development but none at this time with the team from Jug Face. I am doing a lot of reflection right now about the types of stories I want to tell next and how I want to move forward.
H-P: Of the films you have worked on so far, where does Jug Face rank for you?
ANDREW: It's in the top two list next to The Woman for me. ;)
H-P: Now, who do you really think should win, Freddy or Jason?
ANDREW: Freddy of course...he actually speaks which I like...also he's able to move beyond the realm of normal reality and find his way into our subconscious.
H-P: Thank you so much for taking the time to sit down with us and answer some questions. Is there anything else you want to add?
ANDREW: I want to thank you and our fans for continuing to support original independent filmmaking and new voices in genre cinema. I want people to check out all the Modernciné films and discover the world we have created and how each project is connected to one another. Thanks again for taking interest in our work!
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