NRFF Interviews Hedda Needs Help
Hedda Needs Help
Movie • 14 min • Comedy
DIRECTED BY Lisa Baron
*Nominated for Best Comedy Film
Hedda Needs Help tells the tale of Hedda, an aspiring poet and undying optimist, tasked with watching the most prized possession of Manhattan’s acclaimed poet, Albert Stein: his dog. But when Hedda accidentally kills her big break we find that no one fails quite like Hedda, as she carries the weight of her problems around Manhattan in this all too real comedy gone awry.
1. Hi Lisa, congratulations on your nomination for Best Comedy at the LONDON 2017 New Renaissance Film Festival. How does it feel to be part of our New Renaissance.
2. ‘Hedda Needs Help’ is a fun story written by Malin Barr who also stars in the lead role. Can you tell our festival audience what the film is about, and how this creative partnership with Malin came about?
We actually met solely through this script. The early drafts of Hedda Needs Help were first written by Malin, and a mutual friend introduced us since we had such similar senses of humor, in hopes that Lisa could be, more or less, a soundboard for some feedback. Lisa was just going to give some notes back on the script, but once we started talking our ideas started snowballing and our collaboration was really natural. Suddenly, we had fallen into co-writing roles, and eventually, the many other roles we’d take on, but we’re so happy to have written and created our first short film together. We hope to make many more in the future!
3. Where was the film shot and how long did it take to produce?
4. What was the most challenging aspect of making the film and the most rewarding?
5. Have you always wanted to be a filmmaker? What films and filmmakers have inspired you?
Lisa: My brothers still make fun of me for watching so much Full House when we were on vacation as kids. One could easily say I did that because…”I was as active as a sloth”, but I’m going to turn that to, “I always knew deep down stories moved me.” Honestly, I have my Masters in Spanish, because I was going to a Teacher until I started studying Spanish films in my M.A. and then, eventually moved to NYC and got involved with Anthony Meindl’s Actor Workshop. I started Acting and eventually, made some poorly produced YouTube videos, which I still think are funny despite what the view count tells me, and fell in love with writing. Somehow, that got me here, into Directing.
Malin: I grew up as a dancer and realised I wanted to be an an actress about 5 years ago. As a writer and filmmaker, my interest started right before I started writing the first draft of Hedda. I was tired of going in for auditions for films and projects that I didn’t like the script /role of and /or didn’r respect and decided it was up to me to write and share my own stories. This has opened up a new world for me as an actress and a writer and it’s one of the best decisions I’ve made.
6. What are your plans for ‘Hedda Needs Help’? How have audiences responded to the film so far?
7. What’s next for you?
Malin: I’m working on a couple of other writing projects, a comedy pilot as well as a feature film. I’m hoping to also write something that takes place in Sweden soon. As an actress, I have a couple projects coming up in film and also closest up, I’m performing in a play, The Resolute, at the Whitney Center of the Arts Theatre Festival in Wyoming this Aug-Sept.
8. Do you have any final words you would like to share with our audience?
‘CLOSE-UP FILM CENTRE’
Hedda Needs Help