Kyle Patrick Alvarez's second film C.O.G slid into Sundance '13 in the nick of time, thanks to the simplicity of Adobe Creative Suite. The nascent filmmaker found his transition from Final Cut Pro to Adobe, a major liberation.
"I really thought it was too good to be true," he explains over the phone. "The quick turn around made it possible to hit that festival deadline. I could splice footage over my lunch break without having to encode a thing."
The story's DNA is classic Sedaris. You'll embrace the quirk whole, unless you're idk. . . somehow inanimately immune to wondrously absurd confrontations with the quotidian.
Samuel, (Jonathan Groff) a pretentious, idealistic under-grad, pursues a year of apple picking with grandiose visions of mimicking literary greats, Steinbeck or Frost. And satisfyingly enough, all jokes are on him.
"Whatchu got against the Bible?" An ex-con demands of our lovable bonehead.
"It's poorly written," Samuel sighs with all the pomposity of David Spade's Dick Clark Production Secretary. And while it's too soon to tell, his fate is well sealed.
I commend Alvarez on my favorite scene in which Samuel gets busted for reading in the barn. He pays for his sins by dragging an octane tank across miles into town and back for orchard owner, Hobbs (Dean Stockwell).
"That was actually a different story altogether," says Alvarez. "You won't find it in the originally written C.O.G. David just shared it as an aside, but I thought it was too hilarious to leave out."
"Good call," I approve. "I'm still laughing."
Alvarez is currently in talks with a distributor for his film.