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Filmmaker Zack Parker talks ‘Proxy’

Writer/director Zack Parker recently spoke with “Breakthrough Entertainment” and Phoenix Movie Examiner about his new dramatic thriller “Proxy.”

In “Proxy,” which opens Friday, April 25, Alexia Rasmussen plays a woman who, having suffered a miscarriage after being brutally attacked by a hooded assailant, finds consolation in a support group. However, friendship and understanding can be very dangerous things when accepted by the wrong people.

Listen to “Breakthrough Entertainment” and Phoenix Movie Examiner's full interview with Parker by clicking on the image above this article. The following is an excerpt from the interview in which the writer/director discusses the reaction that he hopes “Proxy” gets from moviegoers.

I tend to be what some would call a slow-burn filmmaker to begin with and with this film I just wanted to hit people pretty hard at the beginning to sort of throw them off balance and give them the sense that anything can happen with this film thereby creating an innate sense of suspense and also earning the time then to build a character and story with almost this unspoken promise that something like this can be around the next corner.

I am really interested in playing around with audience expectations. I feel that we have been many generations of filmgoers now and audiences have become quite savvy as to how a film unfolds. Generally, with most films, in the first 5 or 10 minutes you get a good impression of who the characters are, what their relationships are going to be, what the tone of the film is and what the arc is going to be.

What we are really trying to do is take those expectations, turn them on the audience and hopefully give you the sense that every time you feel like you have a grasp on where the film is going it will become something else in order to try and create some kind of unique viewing experience. I knew that it might be a risky choice but I really appreciate filmmakers who take bold and risky choices in their films so that is something that I am trying to apply to my own work.” - Zack Parker