Columbus’ underrated music scene meets its underrated cinematic scene in a new film that debuts this weekend at the Tribeca Film Festival. What does it all mean?
Co-directors Noah Dixon and Ori Segev, graduates of Denison University and creative directors of Columbus-based film production house Loose Films, are here to tell us about it.
Dixon: Installer is about a young woman named Lennon who is sort of an outsider trying to find a way into a vibrant underground music scene.
Hope Madden: How was the project born ?
Dixon: We made our debut as filmmakers working on music videos here in Columbus. The original idea was, wouldn’t it be fun to make a movie based on these musicians and friends we’ve hung out with over the years? It made a lot of sense logistically because we had access to all these great musicians and great places, and it was a world we’ve spent a lot of time in over the past few years. Before we knew what the story would be, we knew we would cast them and have them play fictional versions of themselves in the movie, using locations in Columbus and using their music.
Segev: We had worked with Bobbi Kitten [who plays a fictionalized version of herself] before on a music video and we knew she was very talented. When we thought of the main supporting role, it occurred to us. We pretty much wrote the role for her. And his band Damn the Witch Siren, we knew that would be the perfect thread.
With Sylvie [Mix, who plays the lead, Lennon] we had shot a teaser to help us get investments for the film. We only really planned on using him in the teaser, but as soon as we shot we couldn’t really imagine anyone else in the role.
Madden: Did they have any acting experience before Installer?
Dixon: For the most part, it was a first experience for a lot of people, both on the team and in the cast. Even we didn’t have as much experience conducting dialogues. We had a lot more experience with visual storytelling. We were really nervous going in. We were very pleasantly surprised by everyone’s performance.
Segev: But once the gears start to move, it’s so much fun. The adrenaline rush of filming for 20 days, there is nothing better.
Madden: What do you think people will take away from the film?
Dixon: The film was very carried by young talents. Often, young talent is overlooked and that’s what makes it so special. There’s all this talent hidden in the cast, musicians, and crew, and being able to bring it to the screen was really exciting for us.
Installer will premiere at the famous Tribeca Film Festival on Thursday, June 10, as part of the American Narrative Competition. It can be viewed via Tribeca at Home on Friday, June 11 at 6 p.m. For tickets, visit tribecafilm.com.