Uncork’d Entertainment is a leading distributor of indie horror films and on May 3, 2016, they are proud to be releasing “Restoration”, a Grit Film Works movie centered on a couple who find a diary whilst renovating their house. Upon opening the 30-year old book, the couple releases the ghost of a child that subsequently haunts their dreams and waking life, driving them to find the cause of her death and release her soul.
Director Zack Ward was born in 1970 and started out as an actor. In 1983 he appeared in “A Christmas Story” in the role of neighborhood bully Scut Farcus. Despite his long-term career in film, “Restoration” is Zach’s directorial debut. Recently, he spoke to the Examiner about his experiences working on this film and his hopes for the future:
Meagan Meehan (M.M.): What inspired you to become a director?
Zach Ward (Z.W.): I had the honour of working with Steven Spielberg, Cameron Crowe and Michael Bay. I’ve also been on sets most of my life with over 100 films and four TV series to my resume. Directing is a natural extension of storytelling, of combining all the ideas, words, visions and sounds that are racing through your mind and putting them together so the audience can share that experience, so you can connect with other people through story. I always knew I wanted to become a director, I just didn’t know when the opportunity would avail itself.
M.M.: Growing up, what movies and characters had the biggest impact on you? Why?
Z.W.: Peter Sellers was my hero. He could play any character, do any voice, be serious, comedic, subtle, or ridiculous. The same man that played Inspector Clouseau also starred as Chauncey the Gardner in “Being There”. He had no limitations. That was who I wanted to become
M.M.: So far, what films have you acted in and what has been your favorite role?
Z.W.: My first film was “A Christmas Story” and since then I’ve done over 100 movies over my 36 year long career. Scut Farkus is one of my favorites, but I loved Red Dog in “Almost Famous,” Dave Titus in “Titus”, etc. They all have different places in my heart.
M.M.: How did “Restoration” come about?
Z.W.: Lots of hard work and determination. My producing partner, James Cullen Bressack, and I decided to do a slate of films back to back and these are the beginning. Much more to come!
M.M.: If you could be in any kind of film, what type/genre of movie would you star – or even make – in and why?
Z.W.: Action Hero Comedy Drama Space Bigfoot Adventure Movie! No one has made it yet, I want to be the first!
M.M.: So far, what has been the most rewarding thing about being involved in the movie industry?
Z.W.: The people you get to work and learn from, and watching an idea become realized, transformed from thought to existence; it’s truly amazing.
M.M.: Where do you see yourself in ten years?
Z.W.: Younger. Which is weird. LOL. Doing the same thing on a bigger scale with people I love to work and create with.
M.M.: Do you have any upcoming projects that you would like to mention?
Z.W.: Yup, the next one is “Bethany”! James directed that film and I star in it. He did an amazing job. I’m pretty sure it’s going to be a festival darling.
M.M.: What advice would you give to someone who is aspiring to become a filmmaker?
Z.W.: Do everything you can. Work with people smarter than you. Study everything. Read great authors. Watch and listen to life. Find truth in your pain and then laugh about it to the world.
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To learn more about Zach Ward, see his IMDB. He can be followed on social media via the tag @TOTALZACKWARD