5Q's w/Neal Dhand "Crooked and Narrow" Director

CROOKED AND NARROW (89min) dir: Neal Dhand | BLOCK A | THURSDAY 4:00 |

#1: Can you describe your movie and why somebody should see it in less than 140 characters?

Throwback heist film set in Philadelphia. Dark and sometimes funny with a quiet, badass female lead, and a monologuing, violent antagonist.

#2: What do you want the Borrego Springs Film Festival audience to know about your film that isn’t obvious from its title?

It’s about family as much as it is about robberies. The film is, in part, indebted to The Friends of Eddie Coyle and Charley Varrick. I made Crooked & Narrow as a way to work with Lindsay Goranson (the lead actress) again, and as a way to show off a side of Philadelphia that isn’t usually seen on-screen - no Liberty Bell or Art Museum steps here.

#3: What is your movie making background?  Tell us about yourself.

This is my second feature film. The first one, Second-Story Man, premiered at Cinequest 21 and the Shanghai International Film Festival. I’m a professor when not writing, directing, producing, and editing. 

#4: What was the biggest lesson learned in getting your film made?

Having collaborators that you trust - and vice versa - is essential.

#5: What does the future hold for your film and you?

We'll continue to show Crooked & Narrow at festivals and elsewhere. I’m in development on two science fiction projects: Zippers is about gun violence and changing urban neighborhoods; The Lighthouse is about a severed foot. I hope to shoot one in 2017-2018.

Matthew NothelferComment