The Philosophy

Every year in North America, an estimated 36,000 women become pregnant as the result of rape. Only 50% opt to terminate the pregnancy. The vast majority of the remainder have and keep their babies. When I came across this information, I couldn’t believe it. I found myself occupied for days imagining what this situation would be like for those women and their spouses -  eventually, this became the basis for “Zooey & Adam.” As I was putting the story together, I began to feel that a standard approach to the movie would not give me the emotional intensity or the intimacy that this film required. So I have adopted a very rough, faux-documentary story structure and shooting style, using the new cinematic language of You Tube and reality TV. Having made two budgeted features with full crews, full tech complement, and all the lawyers, bonds, insurance people and union demands that come along with that, I was very interested in stripping it all away to allow time for meaningful collaboration with the actors, and time for them to focus on their performances in an intimate, low-pressure setting. Obviously, money is the enemy of such an endeavour. So, “Zooey & Adam” was shot for nothing. Not the “nothing” that actually means $500,000, but rather, real nothing. Zero. I bought the actors coffees once in a while, and filled my Toyota with gas for the out of town settings. That’s about it. I am very proud of the result: remarkably intimate performances and raw emotional authenticity. I feel there are filmgoers who are ready to trade in commercial lighting, CGI babies, and wooden performances by superstar actors for something authentic: a sincere emotional experience at the cinema. This is what we set out to create with “Zooey & Adam.”