Brooklyn repo-man Lyle and his globetrotting girlfriend Nina make it work through a deep and meaningful love of plants - the recreational kind. To dull the stress of their daily lives, they self-medicate with marijuana. But what should be a match made in stoner heaven turns into a love triangle gone awry in this drama about life and love once the smoke clears.
We spoke with filmmaker Shaka King, who will be in attendance for post-show Q&As at both screenings on Saturday, June 29 at 10pm and Sunday, June 30 at 8:30pm. Read more below!
NFF: This is quite an ambitious and successful debut feature film. What had you learned from working on shorts or on other sets that prepared you for this experience? Was there anything that happened you weren't prepared for or were surprised by?
King: It's funny you paired these two questions together, because one of the lessons I've learned about my preferred method of working is that I like to remain as open to surprises as possible (at least on the performance side of things). But for me, that informs how the camera moves too. So ultimately I prefer the entire filmmaking process remain fluid and adaptable on the fly. Nothing is more gratifying than an actor losing their place. That awkward pause is so real you can stick it anywhere in the edit and it'll give the scene an edge.
NFF: The film feels very personal. How much of the script was taken from a "write what you know" approach?
King: A good amount. But the comedic side of the film called for some over the top "this would never happen outside of a movie" moments. As a writer, at your best you're practicing empathy. When I was writing this script these people and places were so real. But I look at it now and it's all completely made up. It's a movie.
NFF: For Nantucket audiences who may never have experienced the culture or magic of Brooklyn, what would you say to them about the film's universality and what they may be able to take away from it thematically?
King: I think the take away varies person to person. But the characters are dealing with issues most twenty-somethings with running water and electricity can relate to. They're just stoned while doing it.