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Taylor Hastings, Jennifer Kobelt, Arianna McGregor, Dayleigh Nelson, and Ian McAndrew all talk about how they prepared for their role in Spaces and Reservations.

I love hearing actors talk about their work.

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Candid behind the scenes footage shot during the production of Spaces and Reservations in August of 2012. Featured in this video are stars Zach White and Taylor Hastings, as well as cinematographer Jeremy Cox, assistant director Daniel Jeffery, camera assistant Sara Blake, sound recordists Calvin D’Silva and Will Ross, grips Marc-Olivier Harvey and Doralynn Mui.

Screenings of the film across Canada in May and June. Get tickets to one near you.

I think this video is a great example of just how on the same page Taylor Hastings and I were during the shooting. My direction sounds like total gibberish now, but she seems to get it at the time. And the scene we’re shooting here turned out totally great.

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As he did in Choch, Zach White gives a performance that truly soars despite the relative quiet of his more introspective character this time around. White at times gives off a Michael Cera vibe here (I swear that’s a compliment), a vibe that sort of says “I’m essentially a good guy even when I’m a completely fucked up guy.” While these introspective, self-exploratory kinds of characters can be maddeningly self-indulgent, White magnificently makes us absolutely adore this guy even amidst the multiple layers of his humanity that unfold here.

Richard Propes, The Independent Critic

Zach White as Jamie in Spaces and Reservations

My friend Zach giving a vulnerable and volatile performance as the lead in my new feature film.

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The actors of Spaces and Reservations describe what attracted them to the project, and why they decided to get involved.

This video is part two in a series of seven. Watch more on YouTube.

Jenn Kobelt gives a very moving description of how the film was relataeable to her at the time she got involved. What a brave actor and what a wonderful person.

Films we like, volume 6:

Drake Doremus’ Like Crazy (2011)

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The actors of Spaces and Reservations describe how they got involved in the film.

This video is part one of seven in a series. Follow us for the rest!

The first in a series of interviews with the cast, wherein they talk about their experience making the film, and they say some nice things about me (all lies, I’m sure of it!).

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Films we like, volume 4:

Bradley Rust Gray’s The Exploding Girl (2009).

Another in the series of films that were an inspiration in the making of my new feature, Spaces and Reservations.

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Films we like volume 3: Aaron Katz’s Quiet City.

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Films we like, volume 2.

Ingmar Bergman’s Scenes From a Marriage.

Part two in a series of films that helped inspire Spaces and Reservations.

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Films we like, volume one:

Joe Swanberg and Greta Gerwig’s Nights and Weekends.

Starting today until the film’s release, I’m going to be posting on the Spaces and Reservations film blog every day. I’m starting with a series of images from films I like and was inspired by.

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