September 25, 2011
Posted by Kathryn Griffiths
Interview with Sean Cisterna, Director and Producer of 'Moon Point'
K: What inspired you to make 'Moon Point?'
S: I guess it all stemmed from when Facebook came out: people were very interested in reconnecting with people from their past. When I grew up in Orillia, I remembered my first crush, and the feelings that were associated with where this person was now. This is the story of two former young friends reconnecting years and years after they originally met. So that was the initial spark of the story and we just came around with characters and bizarre situations to work around that theme.
K: How have you found the industry and audiences to be responding to it?
S: This is going to be our third public screening, so we had a few test screenings that went really well. We premiered on Monday night and sold, like, 400 seats so we're super happy! The reception has been unbelievable. We thought we were just making a little indie film that no one would ever get to see – from stories I've heard indie films don't really get the audiences. We did Cinefest Sudbury to a great response. It's kind of thrilling to a group of people who did a small project to get that reaction when we do a screening.
K: How are you enjoying Huntsville and being in Film North this year?
S: We pulled into town, the drive was fantastic and we knew we could only stay for the night because we had a meeting with a distributor the next day. The cast and crew just said, "We're staying." We cancelled our meeting tomorrow to stay another night. We walked in- the scenery is so great, the people are so friendly, it's such a warm, inviting atmosphere. We cancelled our plans.
K: Do you have much advice for any future filmmakers interested in following in your path?
S: In making Moon Pont we met with a lot of distributors and broadcasters beforehand, which is kind of the proper way to do things and each gave their reason why we shouldn't make the movie. Eventually it came to the point where it's either make it with all these rules and stipulations that these distributors want, or take a leap of faith and do it our own way. So if I could offer any words of advice it's to follow the path that feels right for your project, and to filter external notes that are coming in on your project.
» For more information on Moon Point please go to www.moonpointmovie.com or check out their Facebook page with constant updates.