The 1960’s have a special place in history and legend. Maybe nowhere more so than Los Angeles. Whether it’s the music, fashion, celebrities, or the things your parents never wanted you to know about, everyone knows something about the 60’s.
Was it all really peace and love? Or do we remember (or imagine) the “peace and love” generation the way we’d like to? You know, a happy ending like they have in the movies. Well the team behind End of the Night look to show “the dark side of the love generation.” They’re bringing us the story of two young men who try to rob the home of a TV star and get a lot more than they bargained for in famous Laurel Canyon. Proving the decade wasn’t all “sunshine and lollipops.”
As the infamous decade is making a comeback in popular culture, End of the Night has added their name to the mix and aim to show you some things you haven’t seen, while getting the details right on all the things you loved.
A lot of films take place in Los Angeles and a a lot of films take place in the 1960’s. What was it about 1960’s Laurel Canyon in particular that drew you to creating this story?
Two reasons. First, because Laurel Canyon was a mecca for the rock elite in 1967, which is the Summer of Love. Then, like now, the Canyon was a community made up of like minded thinkers who thrived on the freedom and seclusion the Canyon provided. It was a place that Morrison, Joplin, Joni Mitchell, Crosby (even Hendrix), could live their lifestyle and yet be close enough to Sunset Strip and Hollywood. It was a true Renaissance. Second, one of our producers grew up in the canyon, and wanted to utilize the many stories he heard about back in the day.
You are currently running an Indiegogo campaign for the film, however the project seems very ambitious for the amount of money you are trying to raise. Have you raised funds privately as well?
We are currently involved in securing some corporate funding, and have had many industry people step up to donate things to us, including locations, equipment and wardrobe.
Dean is a longtime buddy of our producer, and we knew he was looking for a project to direct. When we approached him with our story, he actually jumped at the opportunity, and we are thrilled to have him!
It seems like you aim to get all the details right on this film. What type of research was needed to prepare for a film that seems to be very specific about time period and location?
Everything humanly possible. From scouring old TV and movies, to hunting things down on the Internet, to many, many personal interviews with people who lived through the times. Accuracy is very important to us…down to the look of a clock. We waited with great anticipation to see the new “Aquarius” series, and we have learned a lot from what we feel they got wrong.
What can you tell us about the cast of the film and why they were chosen?
Chris Sherman and Will Lancaster created and wrote the project, so it was a no brainier to cast Will as one of the leads. For Biff, we always knew we wanted veteran actor Jim Pirri, and we’re thrilled he responded to the material and signed on. With Jim, we have an actor who has helped us delve more into the character of Biff, and help define his motivation. When it came down to the last piece in the puzzle, we held auditions, and John Sullivan won the role of Paul, hands down.
You mention in your Indiegogo page, a story like this is timely due a revival in interest of 60’s culture. Why do you believe this time period is gaining interest again and what do you feel your film will add to the mix?
I think the times we live in have a lot to do with it. Things seem to be swinging back in this country, and we think young people are looking to the past and going “hey this was already fought for and won. What’s going on?” That and the music from that time never dies. It still calls to a whole new generation who are hearing it for the first time!
Have you been able to secure the rights to any music from the time period? If so can you tell us what might be on the soundtrack?
We are using original music by LA musician Mitchell Shaffer. It will be in keeping with the times and be an homage to The Doors, The Stones, and The Beatles.