New indie company, Immaculata Pictures, works to resurrect forgotten storytelling | CWR Staff | Catholic World Report
Writer/radio host Patrick Coffin and writer Dustin Kahia are in the middle of a Kickstarter campaign to help finance their film, "Call of the Void"
Tired of the non-stop uncreative schlock Hollywood churns out each month? Hungry for movies you can get excited about the way you used to? Able to support a new Kickstarter campaign to make it happen? Read on.
Writer and radio host Patrick Coffin, who pens The Cinephile for Catholic World Report, and his writing partner Dustin Kahia are starting to see a dream come true. Immaculata Pictures was founded this year to reintroduce and recombine classic storytelling with the latest techniques and equipment. CWR sat down recently with the two San Diego-based filmmakers to talk about their company, dream, and the plan to actualize it.
CWR: Patrick, since your name is better known to CWR readers and because of your work in Catholic radio, let’s start with you. Where did the idea for Immaculata Pictures come from?
PC: The name and the legal status as a company really came from Dustin, who had been working for some time to set up a production platform from which to start making movies. I graduated from the well-known Act One: Writing for Hollywood and have worked on a number of writing projects that ended up in what the industry calls Development Hell – the dreaded limbo status of a script that isn’t rejected (and could even be sold) but is not yet filmed or distributed. I also worked at Paulist Productions for the late Father Ellwood Kieser, CSP, as a creative development executive, which gave me a real world sense of how projects go from zero to one. When I met Dustin, not only was the synergy and sympatico there, but so was the timing.
CWR: Dustin, what is your background in the film industry?
DK: I came into filmmaking the tried-and-true way: I interned, first at Morgan Freeman’s Revelations Entertainment and then at Village Roadshow Pictures in Los Angeles. Although no one knew it, I was commuting all the way from San Diego to LA each day. But the training and experience was well worth it. It was a crash course in the entertainment business.
CWR: Did you go to film school?