Peter Mooney has written a short film which has its world premiere at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday, Apr. 19. Parachute is Mooney’s second script to be produced, and it stars Mooney along with Charlotte Sullivan, Clé Bennett and Tommie-Amber Pirie.
Parachute, about four junior investment bankers facing a professional crisis, will screen in the Shorts Program at Tribeca. Mooney’s first script, Method, directed by Rookie Blue castmate Gregory Smith, premiered at the 2013 International Toronto Film Festival.
Mooney did a Q&A with GlobalTV.com via email in advance of the premiere:
How did you come up with the idea for your latest script, Parachute?
Mooney: My younger brother started at Lehman Brothers in New York two weeks before the market crash in 2008 – which made for a pretty eventful first few months. He was sending me emails at the time detailing what was happening and I was finding them more entertaining and unexpected than a lot of the scripts I was reading. I decided to write it then.
What was its journey from being a script to getting its cast and crew confirmed?
Mooney: It started off as a longer form project a few years ago. When I decided to retool it for bravoFACT I took the characters and transplanted them into a self-contained, shorter scenario. With that short script we applied for funding and when that was successful we started on the much more difficult process of trying to find a time that worked for our dream cast and crew.
We shot in late September of 2013 when we were on hiatus from Rookie. It became clear to us that between everyone’s commitments we had a limited window when everyone was available so we really had to hustle to get it done.
Tell us about the other Rookie Blue people involved in this film.
Mooney: The lovely Charlotte Sullivan played Rachel in it, with her husband Peter Stebbings directing. Clé Bennett, who plays Wes on Rookie came on board to play Mort. And the RBparty continued behind the scenes, with Rookie producer Sonia Hosko co-producing with Rhombus’ Kevin Krikst, our Rookie EP Ilana Frank served as EP on this – and even Priscilla Faia, who plays Chloé, was on set shooting stills. Basically, we just love working together, and wanted to do something to tide us through the hiatus.
Parachute is having its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. How excited are you about this?
Mooney: It’s huge for us. It feels in a way like this project has come full circle in that the genesis for the story was in New York. Luckily I’ll be able to attend the Tribeca premiere along with Charlotte and Peter, as well as my brother Sean, who served as both production manager and initial inspiration for the short.
When and where will other audiences (Canadians, in particular) be able to watchParachute?
Mooney: It will be available online for a limited time on the Tribeca website during the festival. Then hopefully we’ll have some exciting Canadian festival stops to announce soon!
Rookie Blue season 5 will premiere in Canada on Monday, May 19. Can you give us some teases about what to expect from your character this season?
Mooney: It would be hard to say much here without giving away spoilers, so I’ll just have to say: tune in May 19th to find out!
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