Interview with Writer/Producer/Actor Ashley Sutton (THE NEW OLD FASHIONED)

THE NEW OLD FASHIONED played to rave reviews at the January 2020 Female Filmmakers Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

Being a huge fan of film, I’ve always noticed there are certain female stories that aren’t discussed on camera. Often these stories are also things we look down on in society. I have seen a lot of female friends struggle with pregnancy in many different ways. I have seen a lot of friends struggle with not finding a mate. I want all women to know that our stories and problems are important. Hopefully this will help soften the stigma around this issue.

2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this short?

I had this idea years ago and wrote a very rough version of it. After talking to various women I admired, I wanted to look at the story differently. Brigid came on board and we shaped “The New Old Fashioned” into what you are seeing today.

3. How would you describe your short film in two words!?

Self Empowerment

4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

The biggest struggle was finding the perfect person to play the Dad. We saw a bunch of audition tapes and while all the actors were great they didn’t have what we needed. We were finally introduced to Bruce and he is such a fantastic actor. He was able to portray the deep father/daughter bond and how easily that can switch based on his judgements.

5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

My initial reaction was that everyone noticed all of the little things that were important to us in the writing process. From the brother and sister relationship to Ted being the most unconnected but at the same time the most connected. The audience seemed to see what we were originally thinking.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

6. How did you come up with the idea for this short film?

This was an idea that came to me after talking to a friend that was having a hard time getting older and not having found a mate yet. I felt like it needed to be said that everyone’s journey is different and sometimes it isn’t what you expected.

7. What film have you seen the most in your life?

Grease and for some reason Hunger Games Mockingjay. If it’s on, I watch it!

8. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway, what are you feelings of the submission platform from a filmmaker’s perspective?

It is really easy and I thought it was helpful in all the areas I needed assistance.

9. What song have you listened to the most times in your life?

This is such a hard question. To be honest, I listened to Taylor Swift on repeat. I do it because I love her as an artist but the music itself puts me in a good mood.

10. What is next for you? A new film?

Good Boy Treat Productions is currently working on two new films. One is in pre-production and the other is still in the script writing phase.


By matthewtoffolo

Filmmaker and sports fan. CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival

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