Hungry (United States | 2015, 22 minutes)

Written by: David Carlone

Cast: Kyle Becker, David Carlone, Nicole Desarno, Brian McCray

A young man tries to win back his materialistic ex-girlfriend from her new rich boyfriend by entering into a burrito eating competition to win prize money to buy her a gift.

Interview:

David Carlone directed the short film Hungry, which will screen at the 7th Annual
NYC Independent Film Festival.

NYCIFF: Thank you David for taking the time out to get in touch with us. Can you to tell us about yourself and talk about your background how you were introduced into film?
DC: A little bit about myself; I was born and raised on Long Island. I attend Nassau Community College and received my Associates Degree in Liberal Arts and then transferred to Hofstra University where I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Film Production. Some of my hobbies are playing golf, basketball and weight lifting. I used to compete in strongman competitions when I was a teenager. I also have a goal to one day turn pro in golf.

NYCIFF: As the writer, director and lead actor what were some problems you faced with pre-production, production and post-production?
DC: As the writer, director and lead actor there were some issues I ran into. One being trying to convince my professor at Hofstra that I could do both acting and directing. This was my senior thesis film and my professor did not believe that I was capable of pulling off acting and directing in my film, but I believed in myself and didn’t listen to him. Another problem was on the second shooting day one of my actors couldn’t make it to set because his license got suspended so I had to rewrite the scene on the spot which was stressful, but it ended up turning out better than what I had originally written.

NYCIFF: The cast is so well placed. Was the casting difficult? Were all the actors comedic actors in the past?
DC: Casting was actually extremely easy. Everyone in the film are my friends and we
had started a sketch comedy channel on Youtube about four years ago so we had all been acting together for awhile. I got very lucky having such good and talented friends.

NYCIFF: How was writing a comedic piece with such serious undertones?
DC: The writing process was extremely rigorous. Luckily I had help from two of my professors Fred Lebow and Kyle Wilamowski. Before actually shooting I went through probably 75 drafts and in the end it ended up changing anyway because of what happened with my actor not showing up, but everything happens for a reason and it was a blessing in disguise. The serious parts of the film stem from personal situations. I had a bad relationship and my way of dealing with things is through comedy so that’s how it all came together.

NYCIFF: What do YOU think is the funniest moment or scene in the film?
DC: I think the funniest moment in the film is when after Kevin tells off Caitlin he looks back at Mark in his car and they exchange in a weird noise back and forth. I don’t know why or how I came up with that, but it always makes me laugh because I know how much fun we had filming it.

NYCIFF: How was it finding locations? Was it difficult?
DC: Location scouting I also got very lucky with. One of my best friends, Eddy Bhatia’s, family owns an Indian restaurant so that is where we filmed the eating scenes. I actually live on a golf course because of my dad’s job so the mansion that was Caitlin’s house is actually the clubhouse of the golf course.

NYCIFF: Where did filming take place? Was the snow/cold a issue for any crew/cast members?
DC: Filming took place over four days on Long Island. The first two were in New Hyde Park at Heritage Indian Restaurant and the second two in Jericho. The snow and cold was a very tough thing to deal with. It snowed and hailed the first two days, but luckily we were inside those days and then the second two were outside days, but it was beautiful. It was about 5-10 degrees though so I made sure we had blankets and hand warmers for the cast and crew. I couldn’t have done any of this without the amazing cast and crew I had.