Film Addiction: Your cinematographer,Amy
Vincent, has an impressive resume. How did she get interested in House of Phobia?
Ryan Shiraki: Amy Vincent was brought to our attention
by her agent. We met, fell in love, and then made a movie.
FA: Where is the Home of Phobia headed after Sundance? Has
it been picked up for distribution?
RS: HOME OF PHOBIA has not been picked up for distribution.
FA: Did you draw on any of your experiences when writing Home
RS: Much of the film is based on my experiences at Brown University.
Sexual politics were all a-frenzy. It was man on man, woman on woman, and of course, woman on man. I wanted to
make a film that captured the fluidity of identity that I witnessed at school and how these sexual pursuits actually created
a kind of political discourse.
FA: What is your connection with Saturday Night Live?
RS: I began working at SNL as an assistant right after I graduated
from college. I was then put in charge of all the musical guests, and eventually was made head of talent.
FA: You have recently made a pitch for a movie called "In
the Pink", can you tell me a little more about this project?
RS: IN THE PINK is a script I wrote for Revolution Studios.
The film is a comedy about a wayward playboy in Dallas, TX
who when fired from his cushy coporate job can only find work as a salesman for Mary Kay cosmetics. Through make-overs
and make-up he learns to be sensitive to his wife and, ulitmately, women in general. Dan Halsted (who also produced
HOME OF PHOBIA) is producing the film. They expect to begin shooting in the summer of 2004 with Tim Allen, Cher,
Bette Midler, and Wanda Sykes
FA: You obviously have a strong comedic background, but do
you see yourself breaking out into other genres?
RS: While I love comedy, I very much would like to make a
more dramatic film one day. Or maybe even a musical.