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“I Love You More” Directed by Kevin Hartford

Austin Comedy Short Film Festival 

Fall 2017 Official Selection

I Love You More, Directed by Kevin Hartford

The comedy short film directed by Kevin Hartford, I Love You More, is an official selection of the Austin Comedy Short Film Festival Fall 2017.

Photo 2 I Love You More 2 Director Kevin Hartford Austin Comedy Short Film Festival Fall 2017

I Love You More: The Story Behind the Story

We caught up with the I Love You More Film Crew, for a behind-the-scenes look at the production of this comedy film.

  1. Why did you think that your film was a good fit for the Austin Comedy Short Film Festival? "Your Film Freeway reviews were great, Austin is a happening place, and the Drafthouse has always sounded like the coolest place to screen a film."
  2. What inspired you and your team to make this film and how did you come up with the title? "We were working on a different film and wanted to do a fun one-day shoot that would distract us from the other, bigger project. The title came from the idea that people use love to justify anything, including bad behavior."
  3. What made the actors interested in being a part of your film? "Koumbie ("Lena") was directing Taylor ("Garrett") in a project that I was producing (entitled 'Horizontal Concavity') and we got along so well that they asked me if I'd be interested in writing something for them to star in."
  4. How were you able to get the locations for your film? "It was easy - the apartment we filmed in was my apartment at the time."
  5. Can you talk about your sources of funding and favors that you received to complete this film? "Koumbie and Taylor are part of the Canadian screen actors' union (called ACTRA here - in the US you have AFTRA/SAG-AFTRA I believe) and this project was made as an ACTRA MIP (Member-Initiated Project) started by Taylor. MIPs allow the use of ACTRA talent without having to pay ACTRA rates. Essentially union actors work for free. In exchange, they get majority ownership of the film. So while ACTRA didn't necessarily "fund" this movie per se, they helped get it made by not making us pay union wages/insurance/fees, etc."
  6. Has creating this short film helped the careers of the people involved in any way?
    It has certainly been fun and helped us add to our arsenal as filmmakers."
  7. What were some of the challenges that you encountered while making this film? "Same that most would encounter: time crunch, money, actor availability, people getting tired and cranky.
  8. In what city and state was this film shot on location? If multiple places, please list them. "It was filmed in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada."
  9. Can you tell us about a time when something really funny happened on set, that didn't get caught on camera? "In the film, Koumbie ("Lena") eats a piece of pizza and we had to have a second pizza on standby as a stunt pizza (to replace a piece whenever a piece got eaten). I would then finish whatever Koumbie had started to take a bite of, so essentially Koumbie and I each ate half a pizza throughout the night."
  10. Can you list any awards, nominations or official selections for this film? "The film has played in FIN: The Atlantic International Film Festival here in Halifax and the Blue Whale Comedy Festival in Tulsa, OK."

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