Filmmaker Name: Mark Savage
Film Title: PURGATORY ROAD (Mississippi premiere)
In 50 words or less, what is your film about?
A priest breaks away from the church to avenge the sinners who destroyed his family as a child. His brother finds it difficult to embrace a life of vengeance and makes plans for a new life with a new woman. These plans are undone by a psychotic drifter who comes between the brothers.
What was your motivation to make this film… why this film, and why now?
I wanted to thoroughly explore the duality of human beings, the constant struggle within ourselves between good and evil. The Church and religion makes for rich subject matter in which to address our inner struggles. Now seemed a perfect time as the country is quite divided and life has become rather complicated. The horror film proves a canvas to tell a story about chaos where redemption can still be found.
Was there anything strange, funny, interesting, sad, scary, or otherwise unusual about making this film?
One of the main settings of the film is a mobile confessional van, and during production, it was often mistaken by the public as the real thing. It was an interesting experience for me, as an Australian, to tell a good versus evil story in America's South, and I came to appreciate the richness of there culture. On top of that, I found the sense of humor in the South to not be unlike that of Australia.
What is your connection to Mississippi? If you don’t have one, why did you choose to enter your film into a Mississippi festival?
Purgatory Road was shot entirely in Mississippi, and we received great assistance from the Mississippi Film Office. Mississippi locations added immeasurably to the film's atmosphere and "look," and local cast and crew were amazing to work with. I hope to shoot several more films in Mississippi in the very near future.
Anything else you’d like the audience to know about your film?
Production took place in Mississippi, post-production took place in Los Angeles and Melbourne, Australia, and the score was produced in Sweden.