Following is the complete, unedited e-mail Q&A I conducted with Kevin Logie, the Town of Tonawanda native who co-wrote the comedy “Poundcake” that’s playing at the Buffalo Niagara Film Festival. In the interest of full disclosure, I should reveal that Kevin and I graduated in the same class from Kenmore East High School.
Here is a review Variety did of “Poundcake.”
• Where did the idea for the film come from?
My writing partner Troy Hall and I were working on a sketch comedy show. We had met doing improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade theater. We are actors first and wanted to work. It made sense to us to write our own projects, so we got together to start working on a sketch comedy show. Unfortunately around the same time, my parents were going through a divorce. Naturally the events that were going on in my life found their way into the sketches we were writing. As we continued to write, it became clear there was a much bigger story to tell. We combined stories from my life and Troy’s life to create the world that the Morgan’s live in. All of that turned into “Poundcake”.
• Is this your first film? What was the experience like?
This was my first film. First screenplay. First job as an actor in a feature film, and first time producing a film. It was a first for a lot of us on this film. Our director Rafael Monseratte, this was his first feature film and it was also the first feature for our editor, Anthony Ripoli.
In planning to make the film we made a conscious effort to work with people who were like minded and had the same drive and desire to make films. Bringing together a team like that really made the making of this film an amazing experience. There was a comfort in knowing we all were working towards the same goal. We all supported and trusted each other. When you have that, it makes the work so much easier.
Plus we filmed the entire film in Buffalo. Growing up here, it was a dream come true to be able to work on my first feature film in my hometown. It doesn’t get much better than that. The film honestly couldn’t have been made anywhere else. The people in Buffalo were so critical in getting this film made. We are a truly independent film that depended on the good will of Buffalo. People took the time to donate food, cars, clothing, equipment, locations. I think the support we recieved shines through. I can’t thank the people of Buffalo enough. They helped make this a film Buffalo can be proud of.
• What aspirations do you have for the film?
The film takes a heart felt yet comedic look at a serious subject, divorce and the effects on the family. I think what we tried to do was put a comedic twist on it but still keep a serious aspect to it. We have been getting similar reactions after screenings where couples come up to us and want to say thank you and shake our hands. After seeing the movie the message rings true to them, that when you are in a relationship you need to check in with the other person once and awhile and make sure the both of you are doing ok. Without doing that you won’t know what needs to be worked on. Also, it’s a very commercial film, obviously we want people to be entertained. We want them to laugh, to cry and feel for the Morgan Family as they go through this moment in their lives.. If we can do that, then we would be pretty happy.
• Has it been distributed on video, or is there a chance of it appearing in theaters?
Last fall, Poundcake made its world premiere at the AFI Film Festival in Los Angeles, since then our film has been making the rounds in the festival circuit. At the Florida Film Festival, Poundcake won the Audience Award as well as the Jury Prize for Best Screenplay. Most recently at the Nashville Film Festival, Poundcake was awarded the Regal Cinemas Dream Maker Award – Honorable Mention. There has been a wonderful buzz surrounding our film and we couldn’t be more excited to be bringing Poundcake to the Buffalo-Niagara Film Festival. We are currently working on acquiring distribution. As of right now our goal is to get the movie out by November of this year. You can follow us on our website and also you can follow us on facebook. Join the Poundcake group for updates.
• What has the response been thus far to Poundcake?
The response for the film has really been great. Since we premeired last fall, every festival we attend, the buzz surrounding the movie has continued to grow. We have been selling out theaters and winning some amazing awards, but the coolest thing is meeting people after they see the movie. It’s always fun to hear everyone’s individual take on the film. I would get in trouble if I didn’t say it, but the most important response was from my Mother. She gave full approval of the movie. As long as Mom loves it that’s all that matters. Haha.
• Do you have further aspirations as a filmwriter/actor?
Absolutely! The whole point of beginning this film was that my Co-writer Troy Hall and I wanted to work. Hollywood isn’t going to come knocking on the door of a bunch of nobodies. So we had to introduce ourselves. This has hopefully been the first step in a long career. It’s not an easy road but it certainly is an interesting one.