Stories of love are universal. There are classic love stories, moving love stories, and even unfortunate love stories, and there are the stories – while important to those who experience it – are sort of dull because you’ve heard it multiple times. Occasionally, one comes around that is purely unique in what happens to the characters and in the outcome of their love.
One such story was told recently in D.C. Hamilton’s sci-fi thriller, The Fare. Writer and producer, Brinna Kelly, sets the viewer within the confines of a single cab for the majority of Penny (portrayed by Kelly) and Harris’ (Gino Anthony Pesi) tale of love. I had the chance to watch and review the film where I used the word “magical” to describe every aspect of it. There just wasn’t another perfect word that I could use to convey the narrative set forth by Kelly. She recently was able to share some more of that magic with me by answering a few questions about The Fare.
“[…] even in the most extraordinary of circumstances, what makes us fundamentally human is how we relate to one another.”
Joshua Anderson for Nightmare on Film Street: The story in The Fare is a very intimate experience. What inspired you to write about Penny and Harris’ story?
Brinna Kelly: At the heart of The Fare is a story about human connection, longing, love lost and love found. In devising this mystery, I wanted to put two characters at the center of it who shared a connection so profound, it would remind us all that, even in the most extraordinary of circumstances, what makes us fundamentally human is how we relate to one another.
NOFS: What led you to place their story within the realm of science fiction and the supernatural?
BK: Science fiction is my all-time favorite genre. I loved The Twilight Zone, Star Trek, and The X Files growing up. I believe that the best sci-fi stories have very human and very universal themes. So writing a story about what connects us as human beings set within a sci-fi world seems natural to me.
NOFS: What was it like filming the majority of the film within the confines of the cab?
BK: It was like performing a play in a black box theater. We couldn’t see the crew because they were shooting through the windows of the cab, I think that really helped our performance, we really were trapped in there. We only had 6 days to shoot the entire movie, so we were allowed 1-2 takes per setup, that was it. It was a very unique experience as an actor.
NOFS: The chemistry that Gino Anthony Pesi and you portray on the film is wonderful. Are there any great behind the scenes moments that you’d like to share?
BK: Hmm… everything on set went so fast… we barely had time to savor it. Gino and I fell into a spirited, energetic rhythm very quickly, and we made each other laugh a lot. There is a sequence in the film where you see the two of us talking, but you cannot hear the audio. Our director, DC Hamilton, told us to just talk to each other about anything, and assured us the audio was not being recorded. So we started talking about our respective pets, my cats and his dog. I recall the conversation getting rather raunchy at times, regarding how sometimes pets like to hump things.
“We only had 6 days to shoot the entire movie, so we were allowed 1-2 takes per setup, that was it.”
NOFS: You’ve worked with director, D.C. Hamilton, on many projects. Is there a certain process that you two have when it comes to creating these worlds?
BK: DC and I often work together because we work well together and good creative partners are hard to come by. The key to our working relationship is that we trust each other and we respect each other. He trusts my storytelling and characterization as a writer, and I trust his directorial prowess and incredibly cinematic eye. DC and I complement each other very well in that sense. He can bring my scripts to life visually in ways that I can’t imagine while writing them.
NOFS: Thank you so much for answering! I can’t wait to see what you will create in the future.
BK: Thank you for taking the time to interview me! And thank you again for such a beautifully written review of the film! I’m so happy the film spoke to you. As indie filmmakers, this is why we make passion projects, so we can connect with an audience. Hopefully enough people will like The Fare, and it can create the opportunities for us to make another film! Cheers!
Cheers, indeed, to more films coming from the mind of Brinna Kelly! May I also suggest another film directed by DC Hamilton that was written by, produced by, and stars Kelly? The Midnight Man (2016) which is about an assassin who was born with a genetic disorder that makes him invincible to pain who is suddenly able to feel all pain.
The Fare is currently available on Blu-ray via Epic Pictures, and includes a feature length commentary by Kelly. The film is also available to stream on demand. Have you caught The Fare? Let us know what you thought on our Twitter, Reddit, Instagram, and in The Horror Movie Fiend Club on Facebook!