Experiencing Interruptions?

Interstate

When you bury your dreams, you bury many people with them.

A directionless young man contemplates his aspirations whilst on a dirty job.

  • Samuel McIntosh
    Writer
    Rock Bottom, Bound, Switch, Killing Commendatore, Rearview
  • Peter Phan
    Director of Photography
  • Samuel McIntosh
    Director
    Switch, Bound, So You Want To Be A Writer?
  • Annie Tien
    Producer
  • Samuel McIntosh
    Producer
    North Hollywood
  • Adam Jones
    Key Cast
    "Louie"
  • Joseph Lloyd Lopez
    Key Cast
    "Kurt"
  • Bryan Chandler
    Key Cast
    "The Body"
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Thriller, crime
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    February 8, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Samuel McIntosh

SAMUEL MCINTOSH is an American film writer/director aimed at creating exciting genre-bending films with striking, poetic imagery.

He’s inspired by the works of Rae Klein, Gregory Crewdson, Andrei Tarkovsky, George Saunders, Akira Kurosawa, Kim Jung Gi, and Bong Joon-Ho.

He founded the independent genre film production company Void Productions in 2012.

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Director Statement

“INTERSTATE” is a proof of concept short, made during a transitional period of my life when I had a lot of doubts about my future and who I was. Coming into adulthood, the world felt uncertain and existentially terrifying. I often found myself questioning my gut decision to delve deeper into the arts, wondering if I should explore more traditional options for jobs. “INTERSTATE” was born out of this internal conflict that I think many young people have as we enter into an industry and world that is so vastly different than the one our parents inhabited.

I decided to keep it simple: stick two men from different generations in a car, give them a pulp-y, exciting mission, and let things unfold naturally from there. Surprisingly, the film deviated from these initial feelings I set out to explore and really became a film about compassion. The way Louie slips the dead man's sock back on was the kind of exciting dissonance I had been chasing. I loved the dichotomy of such a strange, brutal world, and these like-able, yet deeply flawed people trying to make sense of it.

Some of my favorite filmmakers are the Coen Brothers, Bong Joon Ho, Wim Wenders, Akira Kurosawa, and David Lynch — so “INTERSTATE” was also an experiment with pacing and mood; seeing if I could pin down a style between these creators I admired that felt singular to me.