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SXSW 2011: 'Bellflower' Preview with Director Evan Glodell

Bellflower tells the story of two friends who spend their ample free time building weapons in case of an apocalyptic event, in the hopes that their imaginary gang will rule the world.  When one of the friends falls hard for the girl, the group dynamics shift and the trio sets out on "a journey of betrayal, love, hate, infidelity, and extreme violence."  Sounds fun, right?  We spoke to first time director Evan Glodell (who also wrote, produced, edited, and starred in the flick) as he jets off to Austin, about what he hopes to get out of the SXSW Festival.

Where did the idea for Bellflower come from?

I was going through a bad breakup, and writing a lot at the time.  It just clicked that I should try to capture how terrible it is to go through a breakup.  That's where it started.  It grew a lot after that.

Why is SXSW the perfect place to screen Bellflower?

I may not be the most qualified to answer that because I am not as familiar with the festival circuit as like some of my crew.  But they all say it is a perfect fit!

What do you want audiences to take away from your film?

There are a lot of different things.  For me, the biggest thing is this idea of people forgiving each other.  People get wrapped up in stuff, and fight with each other.  They want to blame other people.  It's huge for people to realize they need to be responsible for their own lives.  

Do you see your film doing well theatrically, or do you think it will be better suited to the festival and DVD markets?

We are getting a limited theatrical release, which I am super-excited about.  I have no idea though.  I don't even want to speculate.  It would be the coolest thing ever if it does super-well in the limited release and then opens wider.  I would be insanely excited, but I would be happy no matter where it goes.

Bellflower isn't exactly a horror movie, but it deals with horrific elements.  Is there anything in particular that draws you to that aspect?

There is a section of our movie that is very much like a horror movie.  Horror is awesome!  Going through a terrible breakup, a toxic relationship, whatever you want to call it, is one of the most devastating things a person can go through.  I know some people who would rather die than go through that.  But if you are a person on the outside looking at someone going through that, it just looks like a person drained of energy.  In film you can do whatever you want and go to these places that are really terrible and horrible.  You don't want to watch a character go through that - you've probably seen it and it isn't terribly exciting.  Big things happen in horror movies that don't happen in real life.

Any other movies or acts you are hoping to catch at SXSW?

I'd love to see some movies, but I have no idea what is even playing.  Ever since we came back from Sundance I have been in my own world shooting pickup shots.  I am actually doing that right now!  So as soon as I get on the plane for Austin, there will be nothing I can do but research what I can go see.

Describe Bellflower in 140 characters or less.

[Laughing] I have never been very good at describing this movie!  The Sundance catalogue said it is "a love story with apocalyptic stakes."  I think that is the best one I've heard so far.