Writer-director Phillip Blue is an independent filmmaker who attended the Idyllwild Arts Academy in California. I spoke with Mr. Blue in an interview last year, where he told to me about his casting process, natural lighting, and one of his favorite films, “Science of Sleep.” I recently had the opportunity to ask Mr. Blue some follow up questions about his film “A Ghost and the Boy with A Box on His Head” and his upcoming projects. The film focuses on mental illness, the choices we make and the subjective nature of reality. It is a unique low budget independent film with more depth than many big budget Hollywood releases.
The film was initially released on 15 platforms in 6 territories with a strong presence at several film festivals, including the St. Tropez international film festival, Madrid international film festival, Los Angeles Art House, Milledgeville film festival, Pasadena international Film Festival, Idyllwild Festival of Cinema, Toronto Independent Film Festival, Columbia Gorge International Film Festival, Saint Paul film festival, and the Arizona international film festival. The film is now available on DVD and on YouTube for free.
Read our brief conversation below.
It’s been a few months since the last time we spoke. Have you released “A Ghost and the Boy with a Box on His Head” on any new platforms?
Since last we spoke we released on DVD and The Orchard put us up on their YouTube for free for anyone to watch.
Can you describe the film for those who have never heard of it?
“A Ghost and the Boy” is a deeply emotional journey into the mind of someone struggling with schizophrenia where we question what is “real” and discover it to be a subjective experience.
How do you think your film compares to other movies that have mental illness as a main theme?
I think the films dealing with this subject there is always a veil separating the viewer and the character as two separate people. In our film we tried to lift the veil and have the audience see the world through the character to better understand mental health. We are just seeing someone losing grasp of reality but we are a part of it, the confusion and desperation for answers are there, but ultimately the conclusion that the human experience and the definition of “reality” is solely our own perception is the point the movie aims to make.
Are you working on any new projects?
I’m currently pitching my follow up feature script that took me around 5 years to finish. I’m in pre-production for a short form of it that will help with the pitch and maybe get into festivals like SXSW, Sundance, TFF. I am hoping to shoot a spec for the next picture sometime in April. I will update on social media.
We talked briefly about favorite films last time we spoke. Did any recent releases become favorites?
My favorite movie of 2017 was “3 Billboards” by far, an absolute masterpiece. It’s heartbreaking, uplifting, depressing, hilarious, beautiful and hideous all at the same time. Defiantly made my top 10 all-time list.
Click here to read my previous interview with Blue.