It’s In the Blood is an all-together new cinematic movement. At its core a father son story, the film is a deconstruction of the prototypical ‘creature feature’, incorporating elements of mystical realism, and psychological thriller. We call it a Psyche-Saga. One year after a tragic incident tore their family apart, a grieving son (October) and his estranged father (Russell) embark on a journey into the wild to reconcile their past. When a horrifying accident leaves Russell badly injured, and strands them in the wild, it is up to October to save them both. However, this wilderness is not what it seems, and as they deteriorate, so to does their concept of reality. Horrifying creatures, ghostly apparitions, is it all in their heads, or could the truth be far more terrible? Lance Henriksen stars in this nightmarish descent into the very heart of darkness where more than your guilt can eat you alive.
1. the human mind or soul
[from Greek psukhē breath, soul]
1. any long story of adventure or heroic deeds
Psyche-Saga (ˈsaɪkɪ - sagu)
1. A new movement within the film art, wherein the artist renders one story through three different domains of stylized imagery -- poetic representations of the mind, body, and spirit on a singular path of transformation.
2. Part of a new visionary technique that synthesizes various artistic styles (the theatrical, the natural, and the epic), and serves as a primer in pattern recognition.
In this episode, I interview filmmakers Sean Elliott (he also pulls double duty as one of the stars of the film) and Scooter Downey and non other than legendary genre actor Lance Henriksen. In it, we talk about the idea behind this fantastic psychological horror film, the production of it, and Mr. Henriksen tells us a hilarious story about the Pumpkinhead series and what superpower he may have if he were ever casted as one.
Best known for his roles as Karl Bishop Weyland in the Aliens franchise, and Frank Black in the television series Millennium, Lance Henriksen has amassed a resume that would put most actors to shame. He has played countless characters in a career that spans more than 50 years; and with 15 projects in 2011 this versatile actor shows no signs of slowing down. Over the course of his career, Lance has worked with some of the greatest directors of all time; including James Cameron, Steven Spielberg, and Sidney Lumet, and has been killed by some of Hollywood’s greatest monsters, including the Terminator, the Predator, and the Alien. As a result of an unrelenting passion for the arts and a dedication to performing outside of his comfort zone, his work has allowed him to express a very wide array of the human condition, from a sensitive cyborg to a small-town father. Recognized the world over for his unmistakable gravelly voice, he recently became the voice actor for Verizon’s national Droid campaign, and his biographical tell-all Not Bad for a Human will be released nationwide this year.
Sean Elliot Heumann (writer/producer/actor) - Sean Elliot was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, where his filmmaking journey began. A theatre major at the University of Miami (Florida) before moving to New York City to pursue acting and intensive theatrical training, Sean was selected to attend The New Actors Workshop Conservatory, headed up by Mike Nichol's (director of such films as The Graduate, Working Girl, Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf, Angels in America, Closer, Charlie Wilson's War, and many others). After his stint in New York, Sean moved to Austin, TX to start his career in film. It was in Austin that that the first draft of It's In The Blood was written, and it is here that the film was shot. While It's In The Blood was being developed, Sean appeared in a number of small film productions throughout the Mid-West, including TNT's The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice, Forgiveness, Esther's Diary, among others. Sean is currently a member of SAG and AFTRA, however he hopes to produce many more films in the future, eventually moving into directing.
Scooter Downey is a Kentucky native who is proud to be making his directorial feature debut on It's In The Blood. Downey attended film school at the University of Miami where he graduated with a BA in Film and Theater. He previously worked as a production assistant on How You Look to Me (2005).
Downey made It’s In the Blood alongside his producing partner and best friend Sean Elliot. Together they wrote, fundraised, produced and marketed the film, with Downey at the helm as director. It's In the Blood marks the beginning of a new movement within the film art, called Psyche-Saga by Downey and Elliot. Downey is the creative consultant for Elliot's production company Monomyth Films, LLC. He hopes to innovate new synergistic forms of visual storytelling and create alternate distribution models, utilizing new media/technology. Scooter's filmmaking influences include pretty much everyone, from arthouse auteurs (Tarkovsky, Bergman, Malick, Cassavetes) to popular entertainers (Spielberg, Monty Python, Mel Brooks). He is proud to count the movie Jaws as the first love of his life.
Rose Sirna ("Iris") is thrilled to be making her feature film debut in It's In The Blood. A global gypsy and lifelong theater enthusiast, she began taking acting classes in Madrid, Spain and has since studied and performed on three continents, including a play on the Great Wall of China. She was born in Rome, Italy, speaks four languages, and has extensive training in classical and musical theatre vocal performance. Rose is excited to dive into the world of film and television, and has recently made the City of Angels her new home.
US Training: University of Miami, Boston University BFA program, UCLA, University of the Arts, New World School of the Arts. Favorite theatrical roles include: "Alice" Closer, "Maria" West Side Story, "Brooke/Vicki" Noises Off, "April" Company.
Andrew Varenhorst grew up in El Paso, Texas and has acted in Idaho, Washington, Texas, and California. His work includes stage, feature films, television and commercials. He stands at 6'8 which has opened up opportunities to act in creature suits. "It's in the Blood" is Andrew's first feature film creature suit performance. His other suit work includes photo doubling Brian Steele in "Predators" as the Dog Tracker for Troublemaker Studios, Blue-Bacca in "Argo" directed by Ben Affleck, and "Evidence" directed by Howie Askins. Outside the mask, his "human" roles include the upcoming short film "Valiant" directed by Robin Phillips, "Casey Jones" directed by Polaris Banks, "Stevie T.V." on VH1, "1000 Ways to Die" on Spike T.V., and "Nerve" directed by J.R. Sawyers. Commercially he's booked with Dell Computers, Universal Studios, Sony, Toro Lawnmowers, Montana Highway Patrol, Carl's Jr, and Aspyr.
Recognitions for his performances include winning the B. Iden Payne (regional theatre award) for Leading Actor in a Drama for “Touch” (2009), and a B. Iden Payne nomination for Supporting Actor in a Musical for “Gorilla Man" (2009). He was listed two years in a row in the Austin Chronicle’s Theatre “Top 10 Performances of the Year", was part of the winning team of the Artspark Festival award for Best New Play for his performance in “Searching…” (which he was a co-writer); and recognized as one of the Best of Fest winners for his one-man-show performance at Frontera Fest of “Jails, Hospitals, and Hip Hop” written by Danny Hoch.
Andrew currently resides in Los Angeles where he's obsessed with the ocean...and whales...and body boarding...
Often referred to as the "Latino Brando”, Jimmy Gonzales has appeared in a number of productions throughout the midwest. A consummate method actor, Jimmy is know for bringing a smoldering intensity to his characters that is hard to miss. Having grown up predominantly in Austin, Texas, Jimmy’s love of cinema began when was just six years old. When the rest of his family had gone to bed, he and his mother would put the old Betamax player to good use with films like “The Elephant Man”, “The Wizard of Oz”, and “Scarface”, among others. Films such as these sparked a life long interest in acting: “a life of pain, suffering, prolonged poverty, and flirtation with disenfranchised psychotic behavior...and then the real tragedies began...” Jimmy hopes to be moving to Los Angeles soon to pursue a full time career in film.