5Q's w/Alison Zatta "Girl Meets Roach" Writer, Director, Producer
THURSDAY | BLOCK A | 4:00 |
Girl Meets Roach (17 min) dir: Christopher Zatta
# 1: Can you describe your movie and why somebody should see it in less than 280 characters?
Dumped just before Christmas, a brokenhearted young woman forms an unlikely friendship...with a cockroach. We’ve all been on the painful end of a breakup, right? Girl Meets Roach is a quirky, oddly relatable film about the unexpected ways we move on - set to holiday tunes!
# 2: What do you want the Borrego Springs Film Festival audience to know about your film?
It’s a comedy! And sort of a Christmas movie. I grew up watching the romantic comedies of the 90s, those classic “girl meets boy” films starring Sandra Bullock and Meg Ryan. When I got to be a little older and experienced romance and heartbreak for myself, it wasn’t quite the same as what I’d seen on the screen as a kid. Girl Meets Roach is, to me, a slightly more realistic portrait of the down and dirty side of getting over a relationship: lots of pizza, not a lot of showers, and some bizarre behavior along the way.
# 3: What is your movie making background? Tell us about yourself.
I was born in Toronto and raised mainly in New Jersey, with a few years in Belgium along the way. After graduating from Georgetown University with a BA in English Literature, I spent a year in Scotland before making the move to Los Angeles to pursue a career as an actor and writer.
In LA, my brother Christopher Zatta (the director of Girl Meets Roach) and I formed King Fish Productions as a platform to create independent material. Our past projects include the award-winning shorts Ambition of Love and Harvey’s Dream, feature film At The Maple Grove, and parody teaser promo Amnesia Bachelor. Girl Meets Roach is my first narrative short as writer/producer, and initially I wrote the script to give my actor friends and myself something fun to work on. It’s been a wonderful surprise to discover that so many other people have enjoyed and related to the story.
# 4: What was the biggest lesson learned in getting your film made?
I feel like I learned a new “biggest lesson” every day! Balancing writing, acting, and producing was a huge challenge, and not one that I had ever experienced before. The key was surrounding myself with talented, passionate people who were very good at their jobs, starting with my brother Christopher, who is a fantastic director, and including everyone from our DP (the amazing Ryan Jacob Morgan) to our first-time Production Assistant. We had a very small crew, and in the end, the group’s enthusiasm and positive attitude mattered much more than having a large budget.
# 5: What does the future hold for your film and you?
Girl Meets Roach has had a successful festival run so far, premiering at the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival in 2017 and going on to screen at festivals throughout the US, as well as in Canada, Australia, and the UK. Another short film I produced this past year, which was written and directed by my brother Christopher, is currently on the festival circuit as well: an action thriller called Imbroglio, starring Zoë Bell. We have multiple other projects in various stages of development, so we’ll see what comes next!