Finally, your new film, Surveilance - your dad was executive producer, what was he like to work with in that capacity?
My father was exec producer in name only. It actually came about when after two years the script wasn’t getting any attention, and he asked if I’d be interested in his putting his name on it to see if that got the material read.
I was reluctant; as I make it a point not to 'use' my father as a connection... the press and public tend to assume that for me. I agreed in an experimental mood, and three days later, there was interest and offers.
I wondered aloud with my father... "What about all of the writers out there with screenplays that should be made, but who have no one who offers to place their name on the cover page to add respectability?" it is a real shame.
After I shot the film and completed it, and went over to dad's to show him the film. I explained before we turned the lights down, that if for any reason he wanted his name removed after seeing the film, I would understand.
When the film ended and the lights came up, he said, "Jen-o... I just want to say one thing... I WANT MY NAME BIGGER."
It was a nice moment.