Sinners and Saints Q & A

1 09 2010

Johnny Strong in Sinners & Saints

SINNERS & SAINTS directed by Dallas’ own Will Kaufman is filled with gun battles, explosions and a soft heart for the Magnolia.  Will and the gang were in Dallas for a Q & A session…

William Kaufman is a young director who is known to us Dallas folks for his action-packed thriller about assassins, THE PRODIGY.

(L to R)  Cameraman Russell White, Director William Kaufman,  Actor Jay Moses, Producer David Rucker, Associate Producer/ Stunt Coordinator Ron Balicki and lead actor Holt Boggs rehearse next scene for THE PRODIGY

(L to R) Cameraman Russell White, Director William Kaufman, Actor Jay Moses, Producer David Rucker, Associate Producer/ Stunt Coordinator Ron Balicki and lead actor Holt Boggs rehearse next scene for THE PRODIGY

Will and his 1st assistant director from THE PRODIGY, Jay Moses, penned another action filled story of a Dirty Harry style New Orleans based cop.  The film is called SINNERS AND SAINTS and revolves around Detective Sean Riley (Johnny Strong) who is a cop trying to clean up his ravaged city.

Johnny Strong in Sinners & Saints

On top of the struggles of post-katrina New Orleans, Det. Riley is battling inner-emotional demons that motivate him to take action into his own hands.  Filmed in and around New Olreans, Dallas and LA the film is a remarkably well-shot independent action film.  The plot is nothing new, but the way that the film looks, so much better then it really should on a nothing budget.  In fact the gun battles sound and look incredible and are easily the highlight of the film.  Its not hard to see that Kaufman has a knack for making fun and entertaining gun battles.

In the Q & A Will started off talking about why the city of New Orleans.

Will goes on to explain why New Orleans is such a special locale to him.

That harsh atmosphere is center stage in the film and gives it a daunting feeling throughout.  To really showcase this side of New Orleans, which is not really seen by most people.  Will explains why they did this.

Will talks about the difficulties about filming post-katrina (literally the third film shot after the hurricane).

In the film there is a scene that gets a huge laugh-out-loud moment from the audience.  We see a sign for a pub called the BOONDOCK SAINT, this is significant because Sean Patrick Flannery (star of Boondock Saints and its sequel – All Saints Day) plays Colin, brother to Det. Riley in SINNERS AND SAINTS.

Still of Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus in The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day

Still of Sean Patrick Flanery (on the right) and Norman Reedus in The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day

Anyways the actual pub is a legit Irish pub and the shot is more a nod to the pub then SPF’s films.

By the way – THE SHIELD is AWESOME!!  Speaking of casting choices in the film, Will talks about Johnny Strong and how he helped bring in some friends.

Speaking of Johnny Strong how about this crazy stuff.

Russell White is an actor/camera operator/second AD that has been in Will’s films from the beginning.  Russell talks about a scene in the film where the cops are REAL and Will talks about the other unique locations for the film.

Costas Mandylor at event of Saw IV

Costas Mandylor plays Raymond Crowe the bad guy of SINNERS AND SAINTS.

Now to close out lets talk about one of the more important “characters” of the film.

(not actual 69′ El Camino from the film)

If you liked Dirty Harry, Charles Bronson films, or just guys taking the law into there own hands then this is a must see!  Wide release of the film is in November, but join the facebook page.

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