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'Diamond on Vinyl' director J.R. Hugnto: An interview

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"Diamonds on Vinyl" is an oddly interesting film that dubuted at 'Slamdace' this year. The film garnered several awards at different festival such as Best Director and Best Ensemble which were won at the L.A. Downtown film festival.

Terra-The character of Henry, (lead actor Brian McGuire), is odd in that he audio tapes himself and others, then he rehearses how the people on tape talk.

J.R.-I know people who want to talk, rehearse what they would say in real conversations. Facebook and such sites as instragram are places where conversations can be rehearsed.

Terra- Henry seems to be practicing to be normal. He wants to be comfortable talking to people. He uses these spoken word records, that he has committed to memory. Are there really records like these?

J.R. - Yes, they really do. I was looking for a catalyst. A friend passed along these records that were recorded in the 60s. They were home security devices that had used folly artists, (a person who did sound effects with everyday items). These records are sometimes normal, sometimes fascinating. They were a big help.

Terra - How did Sonja who plays Charlie (daughter of Natassja KInski and granddaughter of Klaus Kinski), come on board?

J.R. - I Sonja was another piece of great luck. She has an amazing energy, she's vibrant. She came in to audition for the part of Kate. We had her do lines when there were missing lines, and flip flopping, she always kept up. Sonja is a natural. We had her do a cold reading and talked about character. Sonja is definitely on to bigger roles in bigger films.

Terra - Everyone in Hollywood and in your film is beautiful. Brian McGire isn't your typical leading man. How did you cast for Henry?

J.R. - We saw a lot of actors and had a few I mind. When Brian walked in the door, we just knew. After Brian read with other actors all day. He got the part.

Terra - What do you want people to walk away from this film with?

J.T.- Leave I very open. I hope they understand the characters. Don't look down on them. Like when Charlies is with the 'John.' Everyone has had awful moments in their lives, It doesn't make them awful people.

I want to thank J.R. Hugnto for taking his time to do this interview.

Stay-tuned here for an interview with Sonja Kinski and a review of "Diamond on Vinyl.

You can see "Diamond on Vinyl" on VOD online right now. Here, is just one of the places to view this film. The film also opens in select theaters on Dec. 7.

"Diamond on Vinyl" official website

"DOV" Facebook Page

Terra King's Facebook page


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