One film that is sure to make a splash on the festival circuit (not only this year but also for the better part of early next year), is the new crime thriller known as THE WOLVES OF SAVIN HILL. Written and directed by John Beaton Hill, the film follows two childhood friends from Boston following a shocking discovery in the woods of Savin Hill. Years later, a tragic murder brings them together again, resulting in one of the friends serving time in prison for a crime they didn’t commit. Now, Tom Greys (David Cooley), recently released from prison, must confront the man who set him up, his childhood best friend and L.A. cop, Sean O’Brien (Brian Scannell).
Recently, I had the opportunity to speak to Mr. Beaton Hill to discuss his experience in making the film. At the time (of the interview) eagerly anticipating the film’s debut at the 2014 San Diego Film Festival, the writer/director was unaware (at the time) that he would soon earn the festival’s prestigious Chris Brinker Award. For those unfamiliar with the award, it is named after the late producer and filmmaker (best known for producing the cult hit BOONDOCK SAINTS) and recognizes gifted first time feature filmmakers who have been accepted into the festival. In the interview, Hill not only reveals the film’s humble beginnings, he also sheds light on the film’s unique casting process as well as his”detailed” approach to filmmaking. Check it out below…. (more…)