Welcome to a new series here at Cinematical where we'll shine a spotlight on different films premiering at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival in January.
A couple years ago I was fortunate to catch a short film called The Shirt by an up-and-coming director named Drake Doremus. At the time I remember my friend telling me that Doremus was destined to go on to bigger and better things, and one look at the somewhat dry, awkward-yet-endearing sense of humor in The Shirt was enough proof to suggest my friend was right. Cut to 2009 and Doremus' new feature film Douchebag was just accepted to screen in competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival -- this coming only one year since his last film, Spooner, premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival. Needless to say, Drake Doremus is a name you're about to become a lot more familiar with.
One thing I love about Drake is it's completely obvious that he's a hopeless romantic. While a bit frenzied and hilarious, all of his films feature a love story at their core, and Douchebag appears to be no different. We caught up with Drake shortly after the Sundance lineup was announced to ask him a few questions about his film.
Cinematical: Give us the "dude on the street" description of your film?
Drake Doremus: Two brothers who hate each other's guts go on a road trip to find the younger brother's fifth grade girlfriend.
Cinematical: Out of all the films at Sundance, why should be people see yours?
Drake Doremus: Because there won't be another film that has a more obnoxious or annoying lead character that hopefully you will fall in love with. It's a funny film but it also has very genuine intentions and heart.
Cinematical: What was the first thing you did after you found out you got into Sundance?
Drake Doremus: I freaked out when I got the call (jumped up and down) and I think I said "Shut the #$%& UP!" over and over again, I hope I didn't freak them out, but I was for sure not anticipating being in Dramatic Competition and I am overwhelmed with gratitude.
Curious to see a little more from Drake? Check out his short film The Shirt below, as well as a music video he wrote and directed for the Goddamn Electric Bill song "Ten Thousand Years".
And here's the official poster for Douchebag.