Jefery Levy And David Arquette On ‘The Key’ And The Real Experimental Film Festival
The Real Experimental Film Festival will debut November 21-27, 2014 at the Music Hall Theater in Beverly Hills with ‘The Key’ and ‘Me’.
Presented by filmmaker Jefery Levy (Inside Monkey Zetterland, S.F.W, Drive, and Man of God.), the festival will feature three films a day, one of which will be chosen from submissions of non-traditional films .
Levy’s new features, THE KEY and ME, will round out each evening as they play a double feature. Based on the legendary Japanese novel of the same name by Nobel Laureate Junichiro Tanizaki, THE KEY stars David Arquette and Bai Ling in an erotic and visually stunning exploration of marriage and lust, told exclusively through the couple’s private journal entries. ME, a satirical and existential look at the self-obsessed culture of Hollywood and Reality TV, stars Levy, Susan Traylor, Jennifer Jason-Leigh, Gina Gershon, Steve Agee, Julian Sands, Molly Ringwald, Jay McInerney, and Sam Trammell.
RG: What inspired the festival?
Jefery: I wanted to create a festival that would showcase films that were outside the box. An environment where films did not follow the traditional mold of filmmaking and our film ‘The Key’ is a perfect example of such a project.
RG: What inspired the film?
Jefery: I am fascinated with love relationships and marriage so I really wanted to find a way to explore that dynamics. And I loved the book ‘The Key’ which is based on the legendary Japanese novel (1955) by Nobel Prize Laureate Junichiro Tanizaki. So I wanted to explore this subject in a uniquely different platform.
RG: Of all the stories out there why make this one?
Jefery: We are dealing with a very intimate subject matter and exploring those themes in a unique way I feel adds a different layer to the story. We have two people who can only communicate these intimacies through letters, yet they love each other very much. And I really wanted to explore that dynamic and like I said before I am fascinated with love relationships and marriage.
RG: How instrumental was David in working with you on ‘The Key’?
Jefery: David was instrumental in making this film with me on all levels. His input as an artist was vital and all the drawings in the film are David’s. He understood the concept I wanted to achieve with ‘The Key’ and as an actor he immersed his emotional self into the film.
RG: David, what was it like working with Jefery?
David: Jeff and I had worked together before and we had developed a great friendship so it was wonderful to be part of this project with him. Our collaboration was easy since Jefery knew exactly what he wanted to accomplish with ‘The Key’ .
RG: How was the transformation doing the voice overs after the visuals?
David: It was not really difficult since Jeffrey had a clear idea with the characters and the transformation was easy to do with the dialogue. In fact it was so interesting because when we see the visual you can add so much more texture to the scene, for me it was an actor’s dream.
RG: David how was it for you as actor going into such a personal space of sexuality with this film?
David: It as really interesting because we are dealing with a very intimate subject matter so for me was both liberating and transformational.
RG: Both ‘The Key’ and ‘ME’ was shot at the same location, how did that happen?
Jefery: From the very beginning I knew I was going to shoot ‘The Key’ in one location. ‘ME’ just happened by accident because we were simply doing a test shoot for the equipment, checking lights, sound and camera and before you knew it we were shooting a film.
RG: Can you tell us about the filming style of ‘The Key’.
Jefery: The style of the film is like a visual postcard that explores relationship and I am fascinated about relationships, love and marriage. I wanted to explore the medium of photography and art; to integrate them into film. We did everything here, from shooting to post. This a new way of filmmaking and I want to show that it can all be done in one place.
RG:What do both of you want audiences to come away with after watching the ‘The Key’?
Jefery: First I hope they enjoy the film and maybe come away with some understanding about how everyone has different ways to communicate their feelings. That relationships aren’t always easy but maybe one should not shy away from the complexities of love.
David: Same thing, and I want audiences to maybe learn a little bit more about themselves and maybe for some folks re-ingite their passion.
‘The Key’ and ‘ME” will debut November 21-27, 2014 at the Music Hall Theater in Beverly Hills.