Q&A with Forev Co-writers/Co-directors Molly Green and James Leffler

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Forev is a romantic comedy written and directed by Molly Green and James Leffler that explores the impulsive and spontaneous adventures of two lovable characters, Pete and Sophie.

Filmed in the vast deserts around Indio and Joshua Tree, Calif., the story follows two friends who are on their way to pick up Jess (Pete’s charismatic younger sister) from her sorority house. Before they know it, Pete and Sophie become engaged, their car stalls, and Jess has disappeared with a drifter.

Forev is a comedy about how far you can go without saying what you mean.

Living Out Loud got a chance to catch up with the writer/director team to discuss the production and narrative of the film.

Living Out Loud: How did the story come about?
James Leffler: The story came about fairly quickly. Molly and I had collaborated before in college and have always worked well together so we fleshed out the idea over the course of a few weeks. The idea spawned from us receiving a lot of wedding announcements from friends and family and we took that as a starting point. The script was written in such a way that the actors had plenty room to improvise.

LOL: How long did production last?
Molly Green: Production went for about seven weeks. There was an initial 19 days or so of polishing the script, casting and scouting locations. We were out in the desert [in Indio] shooting for quite some time. We also shot some of the footage at Joshua Tree and in Palm Desert, two very beautiful and scenic locations.

LOL: What were your favorite scenes?
MG: That’s tough to choose. My favorite scene was the bar scene we shot at The Red Barn in Indio. We were filming until 4 a.m. and the interior lighting looked spectacular. We tried out a new lens that added a soft blur behind the characters and the whole scene turned out great.

JL: I agree with Molly, the bar scenes are my favorites as well, but I also thought the scenes where Matt [Pete] and Amanda [Jess] are wearing headlamps were excellent too. It was at night and we wanted to present that scene with the best possible natural [moon]light. The coolest part about that scene is the way the light particles bounced around and the camera caught them, whenever the characters moved around.

LOL: Can you tell us a little about the actors?
MG: We were fortunate to have had a remarkable cast and crew. They took our script and our characters and turned it into something great. The best parts of the movie were actually improvised by the main actors and we had to give little direction.

JL: Matt and Noel [Sophie] had great chemistry. They were very professional and brought some excellent acting chops to the table. The whole film is about their dynamic and they captured that effortlessly on screen.

LOL: What’s next for Forev?
JL: The film will be out on DVD, Blu-ray, and Netflix on May 15. We’re excited about that and hope people will enjoy the film.

Forev will be available to stream on Netflix as well as DVD and Blu-ray on Thursday, May 15.

For more information, visit www.forevmovie.com.

Camilo Anaya is a Contributing Writer for Living Out Loud - LA, covering lifestyle and entertainment.
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