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A bar side chat with Ross Patterson

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A bar side chat with Ross Patterson

Friday, 08 February 2013 00:49

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Written by 

 SJSJ2

   

     It was a typical evening in the year of our lord 2012. I was having a relaxing evening in with @thedrunkendevil and some friends when we decided to peruse some movies to find entertainment.


     Unfortunately, nothing really jumped out to us immediately and the search lasted for some time. From pointless action to boring thriller, we searched through the labyrinthine maze that is Netflix.


     And then it appeared to us.  A sign from a higher power that showed us the promised land. A mythical, racist, promised land. 


sign from heavenIt was EXACTLY  like this

 

     Poolboy: Drowning out the Fury was the clear choice.

     It was the perfect combination: an awesome cast list, a catchy title, and a plot that could send lesser men to the psyche ward.  Basically, we HAD to watch it.

 

And. It. Was. Glorious.

     Poolboy: Drowning out the Fury opened up our eyes and it was thanks to one man: Ross Patterson.

 

Cleavon_BufordThis is the face of genius!


     Affectionately referred to as Saint James St. James, he has exploded onto the indie movie scene over the last few years with movies such as Darnell Dawkins: Mouth Guitar Legend, FDR: American Badass, and the upcoming Helen Keller vs. Night Wolves.

     I took it upon myself to search out the creative visionary behind these pieces and talk to him one-on-one.  And now, for you Tanked Matinee viewers, I present to you my bar-side chat with Ross Patterson!

BM: How was the alter-ego of St. James St. James created?  Now that you've become as popular as you are, do you find yourself being referred to as such more and more?

SJSJ: It was created amongst a haze of mesculine and baby formula in the back of a downtown Miami warehouse.  And yes, I wish people would just call me St. James St. James instead of my real name.  I like him better than me.

 

BM: You maintain a strong online presence and we at Tanked Matinee have all utilized Twitter and Facebook since its creation. How big is the role of social media in what you do, in terms of building hype, getting your films known, generating interest, and trying to get the world to know you a little bit better?

SJSJ: It's huge for me.  Unlike most asshole actors, I actually enjoy talking to people who have seen my films.  And since I was the one who wrote them, it makes feel even better that people are quoting them and I'm able to quote them back.  Plus, I get sent some sweet topless photos here and there, which is rad.

 

Read Ross' bio to understand this joke!

 Instead of Topless photos, I give you this

 

BM: Since “Helen Keller vs. The Night Wolves,” was at least initially funded through your Kickstarter campaign, do you see this becoming a trend in the future?  How to you think this will affect the future of film production?  Do you think you'll use crowd-source funding again in the future?  Since the initial Kickstarter attempt was unsuccessful, do you think you'll try it again in the future?

SJSJ: I think it's cool now because it's not regulated by the government, but I heard it will be soon.  Once taxes are involved and people are worried about W-9's, it probably won't seem as cool and indie anymore.  As far as your question about using it again, I'm not sure.  The one thing I found is that it's hard to ask people for money, especially in this economy.  Plus, having my own house hit by Hurricane Sandy, in the back of your mind you think "maybe people should donate to the Red Cross or something more important than a ridiculous movie."

 

BM: Our website is themed on movies one can watch with friends and drinks (and snorkel shots during Poolboy: Drowning out the Fury have become a normal thing around the house); that being said, what are some of your favorite drinks?

SJSJ: Boone's Farm, Jim Beam, and Budweiser tallboys.  I'm southern and old school, so I still enjoy my high school shit.

 

BM: What was your breakthrough moment into the industry?

SJSJ: Being cast as a lead part in a movie for Sony called "The New Guy".  It was also the funnest shoot I've ever been on.  I'm grateful to this day because of that film.

 

BM: What prompted you to make the jump from acting to directing and creating your own films?

SJSJ: More control.  I got my start in teen movies, which was rad, but unfortunately I couldn't play teens forever.  Writing and producing was the only way to control my career instead of auditioning and hoping for the best.  I mean, who in their right mind would make Poolboy Drowning Out The Fury??? Certainly not a studio.

 

BM: You're known for your incredibly self-aware satirical films; do you ever see yourself moving away from this style of movies?

SJSJ: I just finished a movie called "$50K and a Callgirl, A Love Story" that is pretty serious.  Here is the trailer.  It's a crazy fucking movie.  I kind of just write whatever I'm feeling at the time and shoot it.  Hopefully people dig it. 

 

BM: Anyone who's seen your films, and knows you online, knows that you seem to have a lot of fun doing what you do; what has been the most fun you've had on set?

SJSJ: Besides sex scenes, the most fun I've had on set was shooting the Cleavon Buford scenes for FDR American Badass.  That character was a lot of fun.

 

BM: We read on your bio that you started out doing stand-up comedy in your teens; is this something you still do?  If so, how much has your stand-up had an effect on your film making and acting? If not, is it something you would ever consider going back to?

SJSJ: I stopped doing standup because I was tired... of standing.  If "recliner-comedy" ever becomes popular, I'll definitely get back on stage again.  I'm much funnier drunk on a couch.

 

BM: Are there any other historical figures you think might become the focus of another of your films?

SJSJ: Besides Helen Keller, which we're still working on getting made, I'd love to do a sweet Harriet Tubman movie.

 

BM: Do you need any more extras for your upcoming films?

SJSJ: I always need extras for my films!  If you're ever in LA, you're more than welcome to come be a part of one of my films.

     

     I know I speak for everyone here at Tanked Matinee when I say Thank You Ross for taking time out to speak with us. We cannot wait to see what you have in store for us in the future.

 

     Ross is a busy and important man, but should you choose to follow him on Twitter @StJamesStJames give him a hearty hello and I’m sure he will return in kind. Also check out his website at www.RossPatterson.com and learn why watching him fight DMX is so funny to me.

Make sure to read my review shot of FDR: American Badass! as well as Enuncia’s on Poolboy: Drowning out the Fury.

 

Ben Ben Marsh is a gamer, musician, hobbyist, and folk legend. With an addiction to anything rum flavored and bargain bin DVDs, he has formed an intense need for cheesier action and cheaper graphics. When he isn't watching movies or talking jive with his homies, he is usually painting little plastic men or consuming the aforementioned rum things. 

 

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Tanked Matinee is the place to go for good drinking movies. What do we mean by that? Simply speaking, we evaluate and recommend entertainment media based on how much fun it is to watch with friends on the sofa and a cold beer in hand.

Everyone knows "The Godfather" is a great movie, but is it as great to drink with as "Roadhouse?" We can appreciate "Citizen Kane" as a masterpiece of cinema, but is it as good a centerpiece for your party as "Santa Clause Conquers the Martians?"

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