Skip to main content

Filmmaker Spotlight: Interview with Writer/Director Pornsak Pichetshote


Name/Position: Pornsak Pichetshote, Writer / Director
Film: A Conversation about Cheating with my Time-Traveling Future Self

Tell us a little bit about your project and how long you’ve been working on it.

A year sounds about right, although it’s hard to track exactly how long, since the idea was something I was playing with for a while. I always liked the idea of a genre film where you stripped away all the tropes until all you had left was a new lens through which to explore characters and relationships. Around that same time, I discovered that a very good friend was cheating on his girlfriend around the same time another very good friend was being cheated on by her husband. Being able to talk to both sides of the equation, I was surprised by how similar their experiences were, and that for both of them, how little it had to do with the cheater’s relationship with their significant other. Instead, it had to do with the cheater’s relationship with their own life: Specifically, their expectations for what they had expected to accomplish at this point in their lives and the lies they were telling themselves at why they couldn’t do it. All those ideas eventually fused together to make A Conversation about Cheating with my Time-Traveling Future Self.

Is there anyone you'd like to thank for helping out with this film?

When working on a low-budget film, I feel like everyone on the credits deserves to be singled out for thanks, because if you put the right cast and crew together—and I really did—you’re getting extraordinarily talented people and either not paying them anything of what they’re worth, or not paying them at all. If I had to single any two people out, though, it’d have to be my lead actor Bobby Campo for putting up with my incessant (and I’m sure annoying) perfectionism, and my cinematographer Michael Marius Pessah for being just as much of a perfectionist as I am. Both of them gave above and beyond amidst a crew that distinguished themselves for going above and beyond, and I consider them both my closest friends.

How does it feel to have your film part of the NewFilmmakers Screening at Sunset Gower Studios?

It’s an honor. And just more than anything, inspiring. The Sunset Gower Studios are a huge part of filmmaking and TV history, so it’s humbling to have anything I’ve done mentioned in the same sentence as that, and while I’m still relatively new to LA, I was a constant frequenter of the Anthology Film Archives and programs run by NewFillmakers there, so it’s wonderful to be part of it here.


What inspires you?

Considering the time I’m writing this, the fact that we just walked out of an Election Day where we now have twenty women in the Senate, six openly gay people in Congress, a bi-sexual Congresswoman (in Arizona of all places), marijuana legalized in Colorado and Washington, an election where Florida proved irrelevant to the election, and the realization that a President can win the election, while losing the white vote. It’s all just the best kind of amazing.

Who are your influences and who do you admire?

There was a whole movement of American dialogue-driven films that would eventually culminate in the Spike, Mike, Slackers and Dykes era of 1990s independent film that was a huge influence on me. So while I know not all these names fall under that category (and some might seem glaringly incongruous additions), in my eyes, the lineage that hugely influenced me included: John Sayles, Spike Lee, Hal Hartley, Whit Stillman, Richard Linklater, Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Kevin Smith, and I’m sure a lot more I’m forgetting. Thrown into that mix are also Woody Allen, Aaron Sorkin, David Mamet, Darren Aronofsky, and Jean-Luc Godard.

What lessons have you learned from the industry so far?

More than anything else, that the ground is constantly shifting which means that everyone is making it up as they go. Surviving seems to mean finding your own personal balance of “faking it til you make it” and actual human sincerity. Everyone has their own personal mix, and when you find people whose character make-up matches your own, that’s the community you should treasure.

If you could collaborate with anybody, who would it be?

I would love to one day sit in the same room as Aaron Sorkin and watch how he works.

What is the best piece of advice someone has given to you?

It’s not advice that was given to me personally, but there was a quote from Harlan Ellison that was a major influence to me as a writer that still rings true and constant whenever I do anything, be it writing or directing: “Don’t be afraid. That simple; don’t let them scare you. There’s nothing they can do to you… a writer always writes. That’s what he’s for… But the first time you say “Oh, Christ, they’ll kill me!” then you’re done. Because the chief commodity a writer has to sell is his courage.”

What advice would you give to new filmmakers starting out in the industry?

It’s probably a mixture of that Harlan Ellison quote and finding the balance of “faking it til you make it” and actual human sincerity that I mentioned earlier.

Where can we expect to see you next?

I’ve been concentrating on writing lately, and I’m really excited about a feature horror script I’ve just finished called “Infidel,” a post-9-11 haunted house story.

Let our readers know where they can find more information about you and your projects.

People can find out more about the film through facebook.com/AConversationAboutCheating, which is a great place to also find info about any of my future projects or to get in touch with me.


For more information, visit: http://www.newfilmmakersla.com/


About the Author

Formerly an editor at Demand Media, writer at Citysearch, The Examiner, LA Youth Newspaper and proofreader at The Los Angeles Daily News, Christy Buena decided to start Disarray Magazine because she missed writing what she wanted. From hiring writers, to contacting publicists and making assignments, Christy is responsible for the editorial strategy of Disarray Magazine. Get to know the team of talented contributors.
Questions, comments or suggestions?
Follow Twitter.com/ChristyBuena    

Popular posts from this blog

2017 EXXXOTICA Expo Dates and Locations Announced

Riding high off its most successful event to date in Edison, New Jersey, the EXXXOTICA Expo presented by MyFreeCams is already looking forward to 2017 with a trio of events planned around the country. In addition to its longstanding shows in Chicago and New Jersey, the show’s producers are pinning a new city on its map — Denver, Colorado for EXXXOTICA Mile High.


EXXXOTICA’s debut in the Rocky Mountains has been in the works for years, and event organizers couldn’t be more excited to bring the show to Denver. The 2017 show schedule kicks off in grand style with EXXXOTICA Mile High, March 31 through April 2, 2017. The show will be taking place as a full hotel takeover at the Crowne Plaza Denver Airport Convention Center.
With nearly 100,000 square feet of exhibition and breakout space, EXXXOTICA Mile High will not only feature hundreds of exhibitors and the top stars in adult, as well as seminars and performers, but the hotel will be transformed into the hottest hotel in the country wi…

BEAUTIFUL RIGHTS Gives Women’s Rights Some Real Lip Service

Beautiful Rights is here to give women’s rights some real lip service. This new, cause-driven makeup initiative, founded by renowned makeup artist and product developer, Kristen Therese Leonard, was created to ensure that women’s rights continue to be given their share of voice in our country’s future.

As we enter into 2017, real concerns regarding women’s rights are upon us. Beautiful Rights was created to remind every woman to speak up, and that the responsibility lies within each of us to protect the rights we’ve fought so hard to acquire.

Beautiful Rights will promote women’s rights by donating 20% of all sales (not profits) to organizations that support our causes, such as Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, Emily’s List, Lambda Legal and Legal Momentum. The 20% contribution is set as a reminder of the fact that women in the U.S. still get paid 20% less than men for doing the same work.

Not only will Beautiful Rights fuel great initiatives, it will also provide women with top-of-line…

Sword Art Online the Movie -Ordinal Scale Releases March 9, 2017

Aniplex of America Inc. announced today that the nationwide release of the highly anticipated feature film Sword Art Online the Movie -Ordinal Scale- will take place on March 9, 2017. Details on theater locations and tickets for the nationwide release will be announced at a later date on the official homepage (www.sao-movie.net/us). Sword Art Online the Movie -Ordinal Scale- will be distributed by ELEVEN ARTS in the original Japanese audio with English subtitles.
About Sword Art Online: The animated TV series Sword Art Online is based on author Reki Kawahara’s light novel in which the protagonist Kirito fights to survive in the mysterious next-gen VRMMORPG called “Sword Art Online.”
Since the first volume of the novel was published in April 2009, the series has proved extremely popular, with cumulative sales exceeding 12.5 million units in Japan and 19 million worldwide, spawning two TV anime adaptations, video games, comic books, and merchandise.
Story of Sword Art Online the Movie -O…