D.C. Hamilton and Brinna Kelly’s new Feature Film, “The Fare”, is blowing up all over the world. Scorpius had the great pleasure of interviewing D.C. Hamilton regarding the film and it’s success.
Genre: SCI-FI / MYSTERY / FANTASY
Synopsis: When a charming woman named Penny climbs into his taxi, Harris finds himself entranced. That is, right up until she disappears from the back seat without a trace. As he desperately tries to make sense of what happened, he resets his meter and is instantly brought back to the moment she first climbed into his cab. He and Penny find themselves trapped in an endlessly looping ride that changes their lives forever.
Winner, Best Dark Fantasy – MiSciFi Film Festival, Special Mention Fantasy Jury – Fantasporto – Oporto International Film Festival.
Scorpius: What is the genesis of your film? How was the idea inspired/born/conceptualized?
D.C.: Inspired by an article about reports of phantom passengers boarding taxi cabs near the Fukushima nuclear accident, “The Fare” was envisioned as a romantic, feature-length “Twilight Zone” where what is seen is just as important as what is not, and where you hopefully fall in love with these characters and want to see them solve their mystery.
Scorpius: What message or feeling are you hoping to convey through your film/story?
D.C.: “The Fare” is fundamentally about hope and how it is the passenger on the journey with you that matters more than the destination.
Scorpius: Are there any elements, themes, or characters in the story that were inspired from your own childhood/life?
D.C.: Story-wise, the film is a fantasy, with little tied to any of the filmmakers real lives. I produced a documentary years ago about Checker Taxi cabs, which is the central vehicle in the film where the characters are trapped in their time-loop. The timeless quality of that car always stuck with me. That’s probably the extent of it.
Scorpius: What is your ultimate/ideal vision for yourself as a filmmaker in your future?
D.C.: For me personally, there’s enough real life out there. My vision for myself is to provide the kind of escapism that I loved while growing up and the sort of magic that made me disappear into movies in the first place.
Socrpius: What’s next for you as a filmmaker? Do you have any films/projects you are looking forward to pursue?
D.C.: Brinna Kelly, the screenwriter and producer of “The Fare” has written an unbelievably thrilling horror/fantasy that we are in the process of financing. We are both impossibly excited to bring that film to life. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen but is also made of so many things familiar that we both love. It’s going to be very, very special and I am positive people everywhere will get a thrill out of it. It’s a ride.