American Bred gives the audience a look into organized crime in Detroit through the experiences of the Adamo family. When they lose a suspected informant, lies, manipulation and deception are revealed. American Bred is a movie with a strong storyline and fantastic production quality. Truly a well deserved winner! We talked with Justin about who he is as a filmmaker, his movie, American Bred, and the special screening.
My film background actually spans really far back as I’ve been making films ever since I was 9. The moment I realized Jurassic Park wasn’t a home movie it was actually a work of fiction and people actually did this for a living, I immediately knew I could do nothing else. I had to be a filmmaker.
I’ve worked on several different films, but American Bred is my second feature length motion picture, from a professional standpoint. Not including short or longer form narrative pieces.
American Bred from script to screen took a year and a half. We shot over 18 days in both LA and Detroit followed by an 8 month post production. I love deadlines, so before I even begin a project I set the completion date. I feel like if you set a goal, that in your mind is attainable, it will force you every day to set expectations of what is required of yourself to meet that goal. In turn achieving your goal, whilst utilizing your time wisely. Because regardless whether you have money or not, you are still spending your time and you control how much your time is worth. With American Bred it was an amazing experience getting the chance to film a movie in Detroit where the buildings and people gave the movie so much production value. I don’t want to go on the record saying what the budget of the film was but I can tell you if we had a quarter of the budget some of these Sundance films have these days I honestly feel in my heart, American Bred would be in theaters everywhere.
I have always been a filmmaker that loves to explore the human condition; the events in our lives that make us who we are. That idea is seared into this film.
I thought it would be intriguing to tell a Mafia story from a different perspective. This film does that. It’s actually loosely based on how the Mafia was in Detroit but the circumstances are completely fictional.
The casting process is my favorite part! I loved it! My favorite part of the filmmaking process is finding a person who encompasses the fictional character in your head thus bringing them to life. I decided the actors based on whose personality and performance best suited the role. Actually a lot of the actors came in for different roles than what they ended up with.
Honestly I was in shock! LACS is one of the biggest names in Hollywood. So officially getting their stamp of approval as the reigning champ literally made me feel like in a business full of smoke, mirrors and false promises I could finally rest my head on something real, a real opportunity to outshine the competition. Backed by a major brand.
I’m truly blessed, no words can describe how honored I feel.
When I arrived at the Beaudry Theater I felt like a major Hollywood Filmmaker. Much like I aspire to be. It was an experience very few get to experience.
Well I was thinking like how amazing to be sitting on a back lot watching my film. I remember when I was an intern, I would see these back lot screenings and I would just dream about one day that being me, and look dreams do come true.
That no matter what happens in life you cannot escape the person you were always meant to be.
The night of the screening was far more than I expected. I wish I would have had more time to market the event to my fans because LACS literally rolled out the red carpet for me and it was something magical! I didn’t want it to end. I hated leaving because it was such a dream come true. I wanted more.
I think this is an amazing experience and it’s a great way to champion young filmmakers like myself. So please continue to do it! LACS has a major name and it’s great that they are doing something good with it.
To release my film American Bred to the masses and start pre-production on my next film. I also feel like it’s time to get a Manager and Agent, so that too is on my radar.
Filmmakers should continue to create, keep making movies. Don’t waste your life on one idea. When there are multiple stories and perspectives in every moment waiting to be told. If you don’t create, you won’t learn or grow as an artist. In an industry that has so many voices, the only way to be heard is to make yours the loudest, the most unique, the most daring. What are you waiting for? Grab a camera and shoot, that’s what makes you a filmmaker.
Last year’s winner, Jillian Corsie, set the bar high with her documentary film “Trichster,” which has since gone on to critical acclaim and is now available on iTunes. With his incredible storytelling and filmmaking Justin continues to push those standards even higher. To learn more about American Bred, visit their website at americanbredmovie.com.
Each year has brought exceptional talent and LACS looks forward to seeing what next year brings. So filmmakers, ready…set…shoot!