Filmcraziest Interviews – Austin Rourke for his short A Strange Calm (2020)

On this episode, I chat with AFI alum writer and director Austin Rourke for his short film A Strange Calm, which  had its Canadian Premiere at the Fantasia Film Festival last month (and this is when we conducted this interview), and played at the Nightstream virtual film festival this past weekend, as a part of one of the Overlook Film Festival’s programmes.

His film is about 12-year-old Rosie (Giovanna Bush) and Miles (Jacob Sandler) who encounter a strange man on July 4th as they’re on their way to watch the fireworks at the Top of the World, and they are thrown into an unexpected fight for survival.

Strange Calm
Giovanni Bush and Jacob Sandler in A Strange Calm. (Courtesy of Austin Rourke.)

In the interview, we discuss some of the symbolism in the film, what it’s like working with child actors in Los Angeles (and their parents), the nostalgia this film captures and we discuss how this could have been something closer to The Sandlot, what it was like learning this skill at AFI and more. If you want to learn more about the film, you can visit the website here. You can listen to the episode below or go here to download it.

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