Cypher Avenue Interviews: Patrik-Ian Polk on “The Skinny”
I certainly wouldn’t call the movie a “How To Be” anything. I mean, I think it’s just a movie about characters that are young and fresh out of college. I wanted to be true to who those characters are and I think when you’re 20, 21-years-old, a lot of times you are learning these type of things for the first time.
I notice a lot of Gay movies and television shows like “Noah’s Arc” are only about relationships, sex or trying to get a man…Did you consciously think about that when you were writing “The Skinny?” Or in the future, do you want to tell other stories outside of just relationships?
You know, this movie is actually different from my other films. I think practically any movie you watch, unless you’re watching some movie about aliens invading the world, deals with relationships. It’s movies with human beings telling kind of “regular stories.” Whether it’s a romantic comedy starring Cameron Diaz or a drama starring Will Smith, it’s a movie about relationships. So I think, any movie really, is about that and I don’t think it’s a bad thing.
I think everyone who’s a fan knows about your problems with getting a third season of “Noah’s Arc” out there. This film, you just did it on your own. What advice would you give people to just do it on their own, be it a film or music project?
I think if you’re an artist, the good news today is that you have a lot of different outlets for getting things out. You don’t have to have the major support of a major label or a major television station even. The Internet is a powerful tool. Digital distribution is powerful. You know, anyone can make some music and get it on iTunes or CDbaby or any of these sites.I think if you’re trying to make a movie I would say: Do your homework; make sure that you study something, somewhere. As well-intentioned and well-intended as a lot of our independent projects are, I don’t think it serves us too well if the quality is not at a certain level. Whatever you do, just do it well. Whatever you’re going to do with art, do it well. And do your homework. Make it as polished, complete and good as you can.
Amen to that. Alright, so “The Skinny” is currently screening in Atlanta, GA and Washington, DC…what cities are next?
The Skinny will be playing here until Thursday April 12th. So its imperative people tell their friends: Please go check out the movie. I get emails, Tweets and Facebook messages all the time from people wanting to see more “Noah’s Arc” or just wanting to see more, more, more, more, more…So when people get an opportunity they have to come out and support this or it won’t happen again. So if you want to see the movie again, come see it. If you have friends you know would like it, tell them and get them see it before Friday.
April 20th the movie opens in Dallas for one week. So if you have friends in the Dallas area, tell them to go see the movie that week. April 27th is San Francisco, Chicago and Oakland. May 4th is Philadelphia, Boston and Detroit. And May 11th is Los Angeles and New York. You can also get all these dates from the website, SkinnyTheMovie.com.
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