Filmmaker’s Name and Title (Director, producer, etc.):
Phil Lowe, Writer/Director
Film Name: The Driving Seat
Length of film: 9 minutes
Genre (horror, comedy, drama, etc.): Comedy
In 50 words or less, what’s this film about?
One Saturday morning, a middle aged couple decide to make love in their car in the driveway to put a spark back in their marriage – only to find it has rather the opposite effect.
What inspired you to make this film?
I like to use comedy as a vehicle to get audiences to engage with themes that are more substantial than they might have expected; they think they’re watching a comedy, then on their way home find themselves having a serious discussion about what they’ve seen. This film started as a fairly light comic premise – a middle aged couple deciding to have sex in their car – but as I worked on the script, and then rehearsed with the actors, we found that we were exploring something quite fundamental about long term relationships. I hope that audiences will also find it equally funny and thought provoking.
Name your Top 3 Films of All Time:
Apocalypse Now, Hannah and Her Sisters, Mean Streets
What’s your connection to Mississippi? (If you don’t have one, why did you apply to a Mississippi festival?)
I have no personal connection. We wanted as many people as possible to be able to enjoy the film, and so we have aimed for geographic diversity in the festivals we offered the film to. Pluswe can have a cast and crew singalong of Johnny Cash’s “I’m Going To Jackson"!
Anything else you want the audience to know about your film:
It had a longer production period than the latest Star Trek Movie.