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Whistler Film Festival 2017 Interview: SOMEONE ELSE'S WEDDING director Pat Kiely

by Jason Whyte

"A family gathers at a wedding no one wants to be at." Director Pat Kiely on SOMEONE ELSE'S WEDDING which screens at the 2017 edition of the Whistler Film Festival.

Welcome back to Whistler Film Festival! Are you planning to attend WFF for your screenings?

Yes, I will be there! This is my third film screening at Whistler. The first time I attended was in 2009 with WHO IS KK DOWNEY? & it was a really nice experience! The festival is the perfect size, so you can meet people and your film has room to showcase.

What is it about Whistler, either the festival or the town itself, that excites you the most?

Talk to me a bit about how you got your start and your previous work in the industry!

I got my start working in a sketch troupe called Kidnapper Films. We would do shows that were half live, half short films. So through my early twenties, I was writing, performing, directing and producing all at once. It was a like a DIY grad-school experience.

So how did the movie come about for you?

SOMEONE ELSE'S WEDDING was inspired by a phone call from an ex-girlfriend telling me she was getting married. Before I even hung up, her wedding had become about me. The film is trying to explore how divergent the experience of wedding can be for everyone involved.

What keeps you going while making a movie? What drives you? How much coffee are we talking about here?

I read a story that David Lynch drinks coffee all day on set and is constantly walking away to pee in the bushes. I'm kinda like that.

All projects are challenging in many ways, some more than others. What was your biggest challenge with this project, and the moment where you knew you had something?

This is an ensemble, so getting into a groove was challenging. We were always in a new location, always with different actors. The challenge was to make it not feel like a series of day ones. Luckily we had a cast of pros.

I am about to get on the technical side of things, but I would love to know about the the visual design of the movie, your relationship to the director of photography and how the movie was photographed!

This the second time I collaborated with Rob Vroom. We made THREE NIGHT STAND together which also screened at Whistler. With so many characters in this movie, a lot of our discussions were about WHO we were experiencing the scene through. POV and emotion are constantly switching hands, so it was a bit of a puzzle for Rob and his two camera set ups. Rob has really unique leadership qualities. It's amazing that he managed to capture picturesque Montreal in the winter without abandoning the verite, active camera movement we like. We tried to avoid marks or give blocking notes, so Rob, who was operating B, and Geoffroy St-Hilaire, who was on A, were always on their toes trying to follow the actors.

After the film screens here, where is the film going to show next?

Last I heard the distributor is looking at a release around Valentine's Day.

If you could show this movie in any cinema in the world, which one would you choose and why?

The best screening of my life was in front a Fantasia crowd for KK DOWNEY. They have the best crowds in the world. It was like being at an AC/DC concert.

What is the ONE THING you would say to someone who is wanting to get into the filmmaking business as a piece of advice?

Work with people you like and trust. And tell stories you have to tell. Filmmaking is so time consuming and hard, the only way to get through it is to be in love the project. And make sure you have good taste.

And finally, what is the greatest movie you have seen at a film festival?

I saw THE WOLF OF WALL STREET at the Ziegfeld in Manhattan right before it closed. My girlfriend and I had the entire theatre to ourselves. Since it's three hours, we also brought take-out Indian and had this insane feast while watching a great movie in a historic building.

Read my review of this film and many others playing at WFF this year in my preview article by clicking HERE!

This is one of the many films playing at the 2017 Whistler Film Festival. For showtime information, tickets and for other general information on films and events, point your browser to the official website at!

Be sure to follow instant happenings of Whistler Film Festival on my Twitter account @jasonwhyte, including mini-reviews of films, comments on festival action and even a photo or two. You can also follow my festival Instagram Stories at jason.whyte!

Jason Whyte,

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