Band Aid (U.S. Dramatic Competition)
Who: Zoe Lister-Jones, director, writer, producer and star
Logline: In a last-ditch effort to save their marriage, a couple decides to turn all their fights into songs and start a band.
Our camera, lenses and lighting package were: two Arri Amiras with Cooke vintage lenses.
The first spark of an idea for this movie came when: I thought about what I would have the most fun writing, and my gut said songs. So I started there.
My favorite scene (or shot) in the film is: the scene in which we write and play our first song in our garage.
An audience watching my film probably won’t know that: we played all the music live. No playback!
An influence or reference on this film: I said to my DP when we first started talking about my vision for the film that I wanted to see what it would look like if Cassavettes had made a comedy. The immediacy and electricity of his films, the authenticity and nuance, was something that I strove to achieve both in performance and storytelling.
The weirdest or most difficult location we shot at was: an Airbnb with a pool house that was being rented by out-of-towners during our production. They didn’t know what hit them.
The most expensive thing in our budget was: our camera package.
The greatest flash of inspiration or brilliance we had making this film was: hiring an all-female crew.
The biggest lesson I learned making this movie was: that making movies is fun.
I need to give a special shout-out to: my producer extraordinaire, Natalia Anderson.
When I heard we got into Sundance I: pulled over to the side of the road and cried.
My favorite film festival moment in my life so far is: the premiere of the first film I co-wrote, produced and starred in, Breaking Upwards, at South by Southwest. But I think my favorite festival moment is yet to come.
My favorite moviemaker of all time is: Woody Allen.