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Robyn R.

We had a lot of people involved in this film - 200 people from 19 different countries.

Michael G.

People would just come. Even when people weren't supposed to be working, people would say "Can I just come to the set anyway and just hang out?" It was very cool.

Robyn R.

It was a lot of fun. I'm sure you've been on sets before. It's just a big family.

Michael G.

If you have good people. It's really about who you work with. If you pick the wrong kind of people - people that are sort of small-minded or moody it can be a very bad thing. We make sure that we kind of know the people a little. When we're casting the leads, we'll meet with those auditioning a few times. We'll also have a cup of tea with them and try to really get to know people. We'll experience them in different moments to make sure they're consistent and cool. Then, we go for it. So far, it has been very cool.

Robyn R.

In the collective model, you know there really isn't a lot of money. So, you know that everybody's really there because they want to be there. If there is a point where we do get a big budget for a movie, how will that change? Will it change the atmosphere on the set? It doesn't necessarily have to if you get the right people.

The Independent Critic

Okay, I want to go back to this film. I also want to be respectful of your time, because I know you're packing to come to Indy. You've already done a few festivals with this film. What do you see as this film's journey?

Michael G.

We're going to do a few more festivals. Then, we're going to do a release early next year. The usual stuff. We'll probably go on tour with it as we usually do. We like to go with our films from place to place. We actually had a conversation with a distributor today about how to market it. So, we may use a distributor or we may do it ourselves. We've done it ourselves four other times. We'll take it out there and show it to people and let people see it. If they enjoy it, they'll come with other friends and the life of the movie will just keep going.

Robyn R.

We do have a new movie with a lot of music in it. We're very excited about it, but you know what? We're really happy with this film and we need to focus on it for right now. We'll put all of our time and energy into that for now and for all of 2014 really taking it out there and on the road and touring with it at theaters and colleges around America.

Michael G.

I'll be in Europe part of that time during the tour and we already have a Summer Cinema Series set up. That will also be a combination of pre-production for the next movie and rehearsals. Next fall, we'll be potentially involved in the next movie.

Robyn R.

Probably shoot in 2015. We really just make up our lives as we go along. We've always been that way. You just let your intuition guide you and sometimes change comes just like that. Let's see what comes and let the universe guide us.

The Independent Critic

It seems to work for you both personally and professionally. You are self-funding these films. So, obviously it's working financially because you are able to do that.

Michael G.

Yeah, it's working for us. To be honest with you, we don't really require very much. It's a lifestyle. We don't own a home. We don't own a car. We're driving my father-in-law's car while we're here. We have few possessions and most of our possessions are equipment - the camera, the lights and things. The tools of the trade are really what we own. If you're doing things that are personally rewarding, then you don't need all the "stuff" that people get when they're working a job that they don't really like or if they're working because they feel like they need that nice home or that nice car or a bungalow in Hawaii.

Robyn R.

Or need to buy new clothes every week.

Michael G.

We have a lot of rewards in our lives, but they're really our jobs and the people who surround us.

Robyn R.

We keep our overhead low and our creativity high. It's been a blessing to be able to live as artists for almost 25 years now. We keep growing and we keep risk-taking. That's one of the things that's been there since Michael and I met. We keep taking risks and it really keeps us inspired. We never want it to just stay the same. I think of all the years on the road and we've met all different kinds of people and learning how to wear all the different hats because we had to. All these do-it-yourself things really led to the do-it-yourself indie filmmaking and it's kind of natural for us to wear all these hats and to pull all of these people together who help out. We've kind of been in training for this all our lives.

Michael G.

If you can organize people and if you can inspire people to all push in the same direction you can really do quite a lot. That's why these artists collectives tend to really work well. Everybody really feels pretty good because they know Robyn and I. We're not gold chained type of people. They don't mind working hard because they see us working hard and they know it's all kind of going for the common experience.

Robyn R.

It's fun!

The Independent Critic

It sounds like it. It really does. I mean, even that common thread exists throughout everything you do it seems. If you look at the Bright Blue Gorilla website and your film websites and listen to your music, then you have to feel that same kind of "feel good" and spontaneous vibe. It's really pretty awesome. Listen, I know you need to get going. I really appreciate your time. I will most likely see you at the festival. I do attend and definitely will be checking your film out again.

Robyn R.

That's great. I look forward to meeting you. This has been such a blessing. I love your laugh. We'll see you in Indianapolis!

"Go with Le Flo" has four screenings during the Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis. Check out the dates/times below and be sure to get your tickets by clicking on the link!

  • Saturday, Oct. 19th @ 12:45pm - AMC Castleton Square 5
  • Sunday, Oct. 20th @ 2:30pm - AMC Traders Point 9
  • Monday, Oct. 21st @ 12pm - AMC Traders Point 10
  • Thursday, Oct. 24th @ 2:45pm - AMC Castleton Square 8
  • Get your tickets here!

 

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