Spitting Bullets with Director Alex Ferrari

Fuck off Michael Bay, there’s someone better in town who has the potential to be an in-demand director, and his name is Alex Ferrari. I was first introduced to Alex when Cinema Crazed was in the early stages of accepting screeners for independent filmmakers. Alex sent along “Broken,” and we were interested to see what he had in store for us. And much to our surprise, “Broken” was absolutely great. Ferrari went onto acclaim for “Broken,” a film about a young girl kidnapped by a small group of hit men who assure her she’s not who she thinks she is. Later, Ferrari went on to send more of his features to us, and we were hooked. “Cyn” only proved that Ferrari has the bonafide chops to display good old fashioned film entertainment, without any of the clichés, and sheer idiocy big budget directors often drop into.

Ferrari directs films that look shockingly high budget, even though most of his films only have a budget of a little over a thousand bucks, and is one of the many indie directors providing a slow and steady revival of the Grind House genre, and he’s not stopping at mere low budget action fare. The man has big plans, and he’s getting there and bringing his fan base with him.

So, let’s get down to it. Are you an action genre fan?
A: Absolutely! Especially 80’s bad action movies (American Ninja, Last Dragon, Shakedown, everything Dolph Lundgren)!

Your movies have a penchant for being led by gorgeous women, how lucky would you say you are, you bastard?
A: Very lucky!

So far, you seem to be focused more on the female heroines wrapped into enormous situations, from “Broken,” to “Cyn.” How would you explain your habit for femmcentric actioners?
A: I just love hot chicks with guns and kicking ass. Strong female characters are missing from today’s action flix.

What would be the normal budget for one of your films?
A: About $1000-$8000.

How do you get so much out of so little?
A: I need to. I don’t have a choice. When I get ready to shoot, I need to have it pimped out or I don’t do it. I have only done three short films since 2005. Something I plan to change soon.

Did you go to film school?
A: Yes, I went to Full Sail in Winter Park, FL. Great film school!

Who or what has been a major influence in your filmmaking career?
A: Well, it’s hard to choose, but generally David Fincher, Akira Kurosawa, Alfred Hitchcock, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino, Guillermo Del Toro, George Lucas, and Steven Spielberg to name a few.

Many people agree that you have the ability to be a director who can drop blockbuster upon blockbuster, would you enjoy being someone like Michael Bay, or are your aspirations beyond that scope?
A: I want to take over the world! sorry I was having a moment. YES! ABSOLUTELY! I want to do a Marvel movie one day and make it more “X-men 2” style and less Daredevil or Ghost Rider style. Bigger budgets let you tell bigger stories that can reach the world. What artist doesn’t want his or her art to reach the largest audience possible.

Do purposely set out to direct action films, or do you just find yourself constantly immersed in the action genre?
A: I love the challenge of action or thrillers. A drama is to slow for me at this level in my career. Action is just more fun
and it’s what I love to see in the movies.

“Broken” was supposed to be apart of a larger narrative, correct?
A: Yes, the script is called “Soulless” but the screenplay got away from us and the budget has been quoted at $40-$50 million. Maybe one day.

How thrilled were you to see the praise for your film from Roger Ebert?
A: I will always love that man for being kind to a nobody filmmaker with a crazy short that wasn’t even in the festival.
Roger Ebert is the MAN!

Have any other big names seen your films just yet?
A: A ton! but if I tell you I’ll have to kill you.

Where did the inspiration from “Daddy’s Home” come from? And does it have any deep sources from your own life, if you’re willing to share?
A: I was never beaten or anything as a kid. I just came up with the story and thought it might help bring attention to the problem of domestic violence.

Has “Daddy’s Home” seen any acclaim with domestic abuse organizations?
A: Oddly enough no. Like many organizations they are caught up with red tape on how to submit material, etc. All I can do is put it out there and see if it can help.

Is “Daddy’s Home” still powerful when you watch it?
A: Yes. It still moves me.

“Cyn” is a part of a bigger narrative, too, correct?
A: YES!!! Cyn is a trimmed down version of a longer script I created for my upcoming feature film project called “Red
Princess Blues.” As I developed the “Princess” short film I noticed that it had less and less in common with his characters and storyline of my feature project.

So when I made the Top 100 of Steven Spielberg’s “On the Lot” and they ask me to create a short film in six days, and “Cyn” was born. Done for under $1000, “Cyn” brought together an amazing group of talented people. Without these remarkably talented friends and professionals, “Cyn” would have never made it’s 6 day schedule.

How do you usually respond to negative reviews, and what’s been your worst?
A: I send a hot hit-women after them and kill them. Seriously, what can you do? You can’t make everyone happy. If they don’t like my work it’s their problem not mine.

Are you seeking to work in other genres beyond action?
A: Yes, I want to do fantasy “Lord of the Rings” style or Sci-fi. And dramas… maybe one day.

So, if you’re given one wish in your career, what would it be?
A: To be a working director making movies and telling stories I want to tell.

What’s been your crowning achievement in your eyes, so far?
A: It would be actually shooting a film and not just talking about shooting a film.

Do you have any films hidden away you haven’t been able to share with us just yet, or have we seen it all so far?
A: Tons, but again that whole i tell you you die thing.

Describe yourself in one word.
A: Passionate!

Who would be the perfect actor/actress you’d love to work with?
A: Leonardo DiCaprio and Steve James from “American Ninja.”

So, what can we look forward to from Enigma, and Mr. Ferrari in the next year or so?
A: “Red Princess Blues Animated: The Book of Violence” is an animated short film prequel to Alex Ferrari’s upcoming
feature film Red Princess Blues. Artist extraordinaire and Creative Director of the Visual Effects House Numb Robot, Dan Cregan will be making his directorial debut. Alex Ferrari will pen the twisted tale as well as produce. RPB Animated is a chance to explore the world of Princess, the main character of Red Princess Blues. We hope to have the short done by Fall 2007.

For more information on the project go to: http://www.redprincessblues.com
Also Red Princess Blues the feature film. It’s like a spaghetti western blew up in a 70’s exploitation film and then was tossed into a graphic novel; it’s a violent Fairy Tale.