Nothing Made us laugh out loud several times, which is no mean feat. Do you find
your own film funny?
Oh, absolutely. I cant actually say that about a lot of things but
basically I made a film that I would want to see. It is very different,
very unique, but I really like it, I love the film in fact and I cant
say that about a lot of the things that I have done.
So you consider this is a great piece of work, something you can stand behind?
How do you feel about the comparisons to Albert Brooks and Woody Allen?
I was very flattered! I mean I am a huge fan of Woody Allen especially some of his early
work and thats exactly the kind of career I would like to have- actually both those
guys careers, so its perfect. I couldnt have asked for anything more. I like
to see myself as a little younger and hipper than those guys though, a Gen-X version of
I understand you are a filmmaker, writer, actor and director, as well as a recording
artist-whew- thats a lot!
I know! I am very creative and kind of all over the place, but I like
to do a lot of different things. My favorite is probably the performing,
the music thing, but my default drive is definitely as a writer, producer.
Directing would probably be at the bottom of the list because it is kind
of a pain, actually, directing films. I am trying to see that my writing
is executed properly, that is probably my biggest concern.
Do you have more creative control with writing?
Yeah, you dont have that much control period in directing. When youre writing,
in the distance between your head and the proverbial pen, there is not that much that can
go wrong, but when you are directing a film, there are lots of variables, the actors might
mess up, the locations might not come through. There are so many little things that could
go wrong that it is that much further from your original idea in your directing.
You had mentioned Woody Allen and Albert Brooks earlier, but are there any other
filmmakers or films that have inspired you in your writing and filmmaking?
Interesting, I think it is just my life that inspires me more than any filmmaker. In terms
of whats going on in society, just reading the newspaper or watching the world news.
At the time the film Nothing was made, a film like mine was really unheard of. I
like to think of it as the first of its kind. I also like to think that it was symbolic of
a generation that was going on at the time and was not being talked about. It was made
before the term Generation X was really coined (Nothing was filmed in 1992) I
really tried to be real and honest and I dont think a lot of people were doing that
at that time. If you look at the films today like The Truman Show and ED TV
a lot of these films have the same kind of theme as Nothing. Even Blair Witch
has a similar 'Real Life' theme. The Comedy 20 Dates as well. These films obviously
had a lot of big marketing dollars behind them, which I didnt. Nothing was
always an underground thing that only people in certain groups and urban areas knew about.
But the film was made before all these other films.
So what is your next project?
I actually have a project called Baggage coming out with some name actors in it,
that is not a comedy. I really would like to stick to comedies although this one was a bit
of a departureit was drama. It features Mariette Hartley, M. Emmet Walsh and Vincent
Schiavelli, who was the guy in Ghost who played the crazy ghost on the subway
train. That will be done soon.
Was this new project initiated after Nothings success? How did this come to
I initiated this myself, nobody helped me out on this. I was pretty much
self-contained in that I wrote the script, and I am not relying on the
industry to help me out because I think that the industry requires validation
from others in order to promote or accept anything new, so I did this
myself. I raised the money, formed a corporation with a friend and we
did it all ourselves. It has taken a long time this way though, as the
film was shot two years ago and weve finally got the finishing funds
in now and were doing it (wrapping it) now.
You also directed a video for the band Kottonmouth Kings?
Yeah, I listen to them too- theyre pretty crazy but very cool.
Thanks Evan, and good luck with your new projects.