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JOSHUA P. WARREN AND HIS "INBRED REDNECKS!" PDF Print E-mail
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Sep 07, 2004 at 02:00 AM
On b-movie.com, we chat with Joshua P. Warren, director/writer/producer of the hottest new independent movie release of the year - INBRED REDNECKS!
Q) What is the basic storyline of Inbred Rednecks?
A) Inbred Rednecks is a zany comedy about four country boys' adventures with cock fighting. Billy Bob, Joe Bob, Clovis, and Bubba place high stakes on their enormous fighting bird named Bigass Rooster. However, when they beat Monty (the champion cockfighter), he and his thugs steal Bigass. This sets into motion a wild journey, filled with bar fights, car chases, etc., as the hillbillies struggle to retrieve their treasured cock.
Q) Why did you decide to make a movie about rednecks?
A) I've known quite a few genuine rednecks in my time, and I never cease to find their worldview comical. They're not necessarily stupid--just unconcerned with mainstream society. Their logical is simple, carnal, and uncluttered (unlike most kinds of thinking these days), even if vulgar and profane. Though redneck humor has been portrayed in a campy, cheesy way for years, I felt no one had captured the true and unique essence of hillbilly humor. I tried to represent the redneck worldview in an entertaining and realistic way, unlike so many other depictions. In fact, the personas and dreams of the characters are so strong and universal, I think their lifestyles, redneck or not, ultimately become secondary to the storyline.
Q) Are the cockfights real?
A) Yes. For the most part, cockfighting in the movie is authentic. However, the roosters wore sparring gaffs instead of metal ones. These prevented the roosters from being injured. In North Carolina (where the movie was set and filmed), cockfighting is illegal only if you use real gaffs (spurs), and/or if you bet on the chickens. Therefore, we were able to obey the law and get real footage of cocks in frenzied battle.
Q) Which moments or which characters find a basis in your real life? Would you classify yourself as a redneck?
A) I most closely identify with Clovis; not ironically, the character I played. At heart, he's the friendly, peaceful guy who just wants to have a good time and get laid. However, he continually finds himself in these complicated situations that contradict his mellow nature. To deal with these challenges, he allows some dark, maniacal energy to seep from its prison deep within. He knows when it's time to lay on a good ass whoopin'.
I don't consider myself a redneck. I'm far too presentable and clean cut to find true acceptance in that clan. In fact, most people had trouble believing I could faithfully portray a redneck on film. However, I think most of us are a little "red" deep inside. After all, most Americans descended from drunken rednecks who gave Britain "the bird" in 1776. It's in our genes to be a bit crude, carnal, and rebellious.
Q) Where did you go to secure an incredible range of whacked out actors for these characters?
A) Believe it or not, I had an open casting call at a local hotel. It was publicized exclusively on a country radio station. The entire cast and crew was composed of inexperienced locals--most of whom had never acted before. They'd simply never gotten the opportunity to prove themselves. But I quickly found out that great talent doesn't have to be expensive--you just have to know what to look for in the casting process.
Q) I see you shot the movie on film. What was your budget, and how did you secure financing?
A) Inbred Rednecks was shot on 16mm film. The budget was $20,000. I paid for the production myself, using money I'd earned as a writer. It was almost impossible to shoot for such little money--but if you use your head (and enough charm), you can find a way.
Q) You have a lot of great locations in the movie. How did you manage to secure them?
A) It was pretty simple. When I found a good location, I very respectfully asked the owner(s) if I could shoot there. Most of them allowed us to film for free. Being direct, honest, and courteous can work wonders.
Q) What filmmakers, movies, or individuals inspired and influenced you while making this movie?
A) The greatest inspiration in shaping Inbred Rednecks was probably Tim Burton. Pee Wee's Big Adventure had the right level of darkness, humor, and absurdity that I wanted. It also possessed a sense of adventure and momentum that makes the viewer want more. Thomas Wolfe, an Asheville author, once wrote, "Each of us is all the sums he has not counted." Being mindful of that, I could never begin to distinguish the countless filmmakers and experiences that have subconsciously warped my tortured mind.
Q) Is there going to be an Inbred Rednecks sequel?
A) If Inbred Rednecks makes enough money, I would love to do a sequel. In fact, I already know what it'd be about . . . but that's a secret!

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