Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Indie Film: We Want Some

by Kelsey Barritt, Writing Intern

Writer-Director, Tamir Mostafa
When ordinary relationship issues are put under a spotlight, extreme measures might be taken. This happens in We Want Some, a film written and directed by Tamir Mostafa and produced by Germar Derron. This unique account of a very common relationship debate offers a comedic and exaggerated point of view, while also addressing real issues. Recently, I interviewed the producer. Here, he gives a great amount of insight into the making of this one of a kind film.

The premise of We Want Some branches from an ever-hot topic between couples: sex. When Rob’s (Rich Finley) wife denies him sex for three months, he literally goes on strike outside of his home—picket signs and all. The community soon becomes involved in his business, and this hidden debate is put under a microscope. Derron, who got involved in the film through a creative networking site, laughed out loud several times reading the script, appreciating its intense take on such genuine issues.

When asked about such an extreme premise, Derron makes the argument that the basis for this film is not that extreme at all. He says that long-term couples often lose interest in sex, and don’t even quite realize why. The joy of it simply disappears and it becomes more of an obligation than romance or intimacy. While the measures this character, and eventually his neighbors, take may be extreme, the problems are very real.

This comedic cast is not only unique in talent, but also in just about everything else. Both Mostafa and Derron take pride in their diverse cast of 36 people. Rather than using young, typical model-types, Derron and Mostafa went with authentic people of all ages. Derron says that the diversity actually occurred somewhat naturally, making the film more realistic. Of course, any decision like this also has its challenges. While diversity among the cast was essential, it is a movie about couples, after all. One challenge of so many different cast members was being able to pair people off as believable couples. The size of the cast became a bit of an issue as well. Derron mentions that consistency was difficult, and that the cast changed quite a bit from the first round of auditions through the final wrap on production.

When it comes to the overall production, Derron believes the film actually exceeded expectations, which is rare. As producer, he focused on getting the cast and crew through all of the bumps in the road, and they got through them gracefully. He made sure to mention how the comedic talent and improv skills of the cast added quality to the movie. Derron shares that cast members often offered ideas, including personality traits, actions, and quirks for their characters.

Derron and Mostafa are both extremely pleased with the film to this point. Derron says that millennials especially will appreciate it. The movie injects a very raw humor into mature, adult issues. Anyone who enjoyed movies like The 40 Year Old Virgin or Knocked Up should love We Want Some.

While this film is already making its creators proud, there are still ways to improve it. We Want Some is posted on Kickstarter, the popular crowd-funding website. The film itself is very low budget, and needs money for post-production costs. In order for it to look and sound professional, additional funds are necessary. Anyone can go online to to help fund this project, and receive rewards for doing so. A trailer is posted online, so potential donors can get a feel for the movie. While the trailer gives viewers an idea of the film’s style, it does not represent the movie in its entirety. The film itself is far more “Hollywood” quality, and documentary-styled.

We Want Some, a fresh look into the usual sex debate, shows what happens when an entire community gets involved in someone’s most personal matters. This peek into very relatable relationships should be fascinating.


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