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ATL Preview: Q&A with Last Lullaby

April 14, 2009

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The Last Lullaby played at Oxford Film Festival this year where I became enamored with the film, a noir piece with a great performance from Tom Sizemore and a steady production value that is just lovely for a new filmmaker with a $5 million budget. The script comes from Road to Perdition writer Max Allan Collins and Peter Biegen and is based on Collins book “The Last Quarry.”

Sizemore plays a retired hitman who has one last job to do before giving it up for good. However, complications arise when trying to finish the job. Sure, the idea is nothing new, but the slow, rythmic pacing of the film carries you along like a good mystery should while allowing Collins to flesh out his original short story. Sizemore plays your classic noir lead, a little moody and complicated, much of his character revealed in physical action than in anything he says. One of the highlights of the film is Sasha Alexander, who steps out from a long line of smaller roles, to star as Sarah, the retired hitman’s love interest.

Director Jeffrey Goodman recently answered a few questions before the film plays in Atlanta, the answers are below:
OFF: In 10 words, describe your movie and why someone should see it.

JG: Intermittent zen interruptions because, really, who doesn’t need that?

OFF: Biggest lesson learned in getting the film made?
JG: That it’s probably the easiest time ever to make a movie.  But probably the hardest time ever to monetize that finished product.
OFF: So, I know this is exactly what you ponder on your blog at MovieMaker, but what’s the future for distribution for indie films such as yours that are not seeing the response from the traditional model of distribution? What’s your take on indie distribution?

JG: The future, I don’t know.  But I do strongly feel that the traditional model of distribution is broken.  And that no one has really figured out a sustainable alternative.  This is exciting but also a little scary.  I don’t want 99.9% of future, independent films to lose money.  I also don’t want everyone because of this to be forced to make movies for $20,000 or less.  Since those may be the only ones where you can make your money back.

OFF: You are about to have a theatrical release in May. What’s your dream plan for the film?
JG: My hope is to find out a way to take care of my investors. I really want to stay in Louisiana and make movies.  And I know that if I can take care of this investor group then they will continue to move forward with me as I make other movies. To accomplish this though Lullaby is going to have to have a long life, theatrically, on DVD, and in other markets.
OFF: What’s the future hold in store for Jeffrey Goodman?
JG: After Lullaby, some sort of little, tiny break.  I’ve been pushing this nice little boulder up the hill, almost non-stop, for five years now.
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The Last Lullaby plays as part of the American Spotlight (non-competition films) on Sunday, April 19 at 12:30 p.m. as part of the Atlanta Film Festival. The film then moves on to a theatrical release in Louisiana in May, with additional theaters in other states planned soon.
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