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Losing your virginity may or may not be the day to re-live over again and again.
In “Premature,” the story follows a young teenager who gets stuck in a time loop over his orgasms. The teen is forced to live in this “Groundhog Day”-like scenario on the important day of his college interview and losing his virginity.
Latino-Review had an exclusive phone interview with writer-director Dan Beers on his feature directorial debut of “Premature.” He talked with us about the challenges, humor and the casting for this production.
“Premature” is in limited release in theaters today and currently available on demand.
Read our interview below.
Latino-Review: Where did you come up with the story for “Premature?”
- Gig Patta
Losing your virginity can be traumatic enough the first time, but imagine having to suffer that humiliation over and over again? That's the premise of “Premature,” a teen sex comedy that marks the directorial debut of Dan Beers. Like this summer's Tom Cruise vehicle “Edge of Tomorrow,” the film employs a “Groundhog Day”-esque structure to tell the tale of a high school senior who, on the day of his college interview for top-choice Georgetown, is forced to relive his failed attempt at losing his virginity repeatedly until he gets it right. John Karna (“Bindlestiffs”) stars as the horny protagonist, »
- Jeff Sneider
Dan Beers’ sex comedy “Premature” is coming to IFC Midnight following its well-received debut at SXSW. IFC Midnight is acquiring U.S. rights to the film, which stars John Karna, Katie Findlay, Craig Roberts and Alan Tudyk. Also read: Phase 4 to Release ‘Bindlestiffs’ Under Kevin Smith SModcast Banner Beers and Mathew Harawitz co-wrote the film, which was produced by FilmNation's Aaron Ryder and Karen Lunder and executive produced by Glen Basner, Aviv Giladi, Vince Holden and Len Blavatnik. “Premature” follows Rob (Karna) on the most important day of his life — he has to nail a college interview, keep his cool when his life-long crush Angela. »
- Jeff Sneider
At SXSW this year, I was able to interview three native-Texas actors from the movie Premature, which premiered at the fest (my review). Let's start with Houston native John Karna, who also starred in the 2012 Slamdance audience-award-winning comedy Bindlestiffs (Jette's Dallas Iff review).
Slackerwood: So this is your first big picture?
John Karna: This is, yeah. This is my first paid movie gig, which is awesome they trusted me to do it.
So Bindlestiffs was unpaid?
Karna: Unpaid, it was a passion project with my friends. We just decided when I was in high school, my friends and I -- Andrew Edison who directed and Luke Loftin who wrote it -- we decided to do this improv movie just for fun. And we finished it and submitted it, and it got into Slamdance and won the audience award and Kevin Smith was a huge fan of it, and that was pretty badass. »
- Mike Saulters
The Slamdance Film Festival has tapped 13 independent film veterans to serve as jury members for its competition lineup.
“We are thrilled to have such independent filmmaking revolutionaries judging for our 20th Anniversary’s diverse slate of films,” said Peter Baxter, president and co-founder. “These exemplary jurors have embraced our motto of being a film festival ‘by filmmakers, for filmmakers.’”
The festival, launched two decades ago as an alternative to Sundance, will take place Jan. 17-23 in Park City, Utah at the Treasure Mountain Inn.
Jurors include Tom Hall, director of the Sarasota Film Festival; Matt Harrison, whose producing credits include “Kicked In The Head” and “Rhythm Thief”; Katie Mustard, producer of “The Console Wars,” “We’ll Never Have Paris,” “Shelter” and “The World Made Straight”; Alamo Drafthouse CEO Tim League; Herb Stratford, programming director at the Napa Valley Film Festival; inter-media artist Monteith McCollum and Andrew Edison, whose “Bindlestiffs” won »
- Dave McNary
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