We recently spoke to Sebastian Gutierrez about the movie, and though you may think it would be difficult to bring together A-list actors for a low budget film being shot over just 11 days, Gutierrez explained it was the material that brought the cast together.
"Because it's a very character driven piece, a lot of great actors don't get to play a lot of different characters, just simply by virtue of the fact that there's not too many movies being made," Gutierrez explained. "So actors will jump at the chance to play characters they don't usually get to play."
This was part of the excitement for Gutierrez and his crew, being able to watch great actors bring their A game, which was important since they were shooting 10 pages a day under "very fast conditions." "People like Danny DeVito, who's done TV, who's done movies, who's done everything, it's like this is a guy you can throw a ten page scene and he'll treat it almost like theater," Gutierrez said. "It was very exciting because you just turn on the cameras and watch the actors act."
Gutierrez told us he was drawn to the project, in part, because it presented an opportunity to experiment with new ways of distributing independent films:
I love making movies, so anytime someone tells me 'we have this new idea in which you'll have freedom to do what you want and express yourself artistically and that potentially there will be a huge audience' it's instantly appealing.
And the truth is movies, especially independent movies, are in a place right now where distribution and marketing is so rare and so expensive that it's a very tricky time. So you're always looking for different outlets as to how character-driven and dialog-driven movies can compete with big 200 million dollar special effect sequels. So this just seemed, it seemed like a game in the best way, what if we made a movie and gave it away for free on the internet, it's like great, why not? Let's try that.
He also pointed out to us that technology is making the prospect of online films more attractive to not only filmmakers, but also to the audience. "Right now with streaming you can stream a high quality movie to your big TV at home and you can be watching these things at a great quality so that's very appealing," Gutierrez explained.
Check out the trailer for Girl Walks Into A Bar above, and remember you can watch the entire movie Friday night from the comfort of your living room and stay tuned for more of our adventures at SXSW.