Matthew Lillard, Director Rick Rosenthal and Author Nick Morton on Their Pilot ‘Halfway There’

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In the previous few years, Sundance has moved past simply exhibiting function movies and documentaries with the Competition making large strides in direction of embracing tv, short-form collection, and even VR installations. Within the ever-changing panorama of leisure, Sundance has tried to be a step forward of the curve and it’s one of many causes the Competition is the place to be each January.

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This yr, Sundance launched the Indie Episodic program, which put its emphasis on impartial views and modern storytelling advised in a number of installments. One of many exhibits that premiered within the class was Midway There. Starring Matthew Lillard as a recovering addict that runs a sober residing facility teetering on the sting of chapter, the present weaves in an attention-grabbing group of characters, together with Blythe Danner, who performs Lillard’s mom and who has her personal addictions to beat. Directed by Rick Rosenthal and written by Nick Morton, Midway There additionally stars Esai Morales, Sarah Shahi, Nishi Munshi, Paige Hurd, Matt O’Leary, Sheaun McKinney, and Jane Stephens Rosenthal.

Shortly after seeing the pilot I received to take a seat down with Matthew Lillard, Rick Rosenthal and Nick Morton on the Collider Sundance Studio. They talked about how the present got here collectively, how they received financing, memorable moments from filming, how they determined to premiere at Sundance, if the intention was at all times to make the present thirty minutes, and much more. As well as, Rick Rosenthal shared an superior story about how he landed the job directing Halloween 2 and Matthew Lillard shared an excellent story about how he received his SAG card. Each are actually value listening to and so they’re in direction of the tip of the interview.

Take a look at what they needed to say within the participant above and under is precisely what we talked about.

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Matthew Lillard, Rick Rosenthal and Nick Morton:

  • How did the challenge come collectively?
  • Was it powerful to get financing?
  • Was it at all times the intention to make the present 30 minutes?
  • When did they give thought to premiering at Sundance?
  • They share memorable moments from filming.
  • Rick Rosenthal talks about the way it was the noisiest set he’s ever been on.
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    How the pilot ends on a cliffhanger.

  • Rick Rosenthal talks about how he landed the job directing Halloween 2.
  • Matthew Lillard reveals how he received his SAG card (it’s an excellent story).
  • Nick Morton talks about how he received into Hollywood.

Right here’s the Midway There official synopsis:

When recovering addict Jimmy Bishop finds his sober residing facility teetering on the sting of chapter, he’s compelled to soak up his rich alcoholic mom as a shopper. Her arrival solves his rapid monetary disaster but in addition unleashes each different downside he has struggled his entire life to comprise.

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