The Love Witch is a highly talked about film and Gian Keys is playing a key character in the film. We got the chance to talk with Gian Keys about this upcoming project and others he has in store for us. Check out what he had to say and then get yourself to the nearest theater screening it!
KRISTIN: You are starring in the widely popular film “The Love Witch.” For those who are not aware of this, can you tell us a bit about what the film is about?
GIAN: Hello, Kristin, and thank you for having me on NerdProblems. I’m honored and excited to be a part of Anna Biller’s “The Love Witch.” It’s an indie film, so it doesn’t benefit from a wide a release of the studio films. The film is about a beautiful young witch who uses spells and magic to make men fall in love with her. Her spells seem to work too well, and she ends up with a string of hapless victims. She finally meets the man of her dreams, Griff Meadows, and her desperation to be loved drives her to the brink of insanity and murder. With a visual style that pays tribute to Technicolor thrillers of the ’60s, “The Love Witch” explores female fantasy and the repercussion of pathological narcissism.
KRISTIN: How does your character fit into the story?
GIAN: I play the lead male character, Detective Griff Meadows, who falls under the spell of The Love Witch. He’s a hard-charging, ruggedly masculine man who takes his job seriously and enjoys the company of a beautiful woman. He always gets the bad guy, and he always gets the girl.
KRISTIN: This film is being called the “Feminist Witchcraft movie we need right now.” Do you agree with that assessment?
GIAN: I don’t know whether we need it or not, but I think the success of “The Love Witch” is good for the film industry. We need successes like this. Shooting a film in Los Angeles is very costly. A filmmaker gets little bang for their buck, which is why so many projects go to other states and/or countries. I’m fully on board with equal rights for women. In the film industry, it appears things are headed in the right direction. That may not be the best example, because actor pay rates fluctuate based on their popularity.
KRISTIN: What do you think it is about this film that people will love?
GIAN: I attended Q&As after three screenings in L.A., so I had a chance to talk to people who’d seen the film. Many seemed to like the horror genre, in general. I think anyone who enjoyed movies from ’60s/’70s will absolutely love this film. It’s shot on 35mm film, which helps gives it a certain look and feel. It’s a drama, but it doesn’t take itself too seriously. I found myself laughing a lot more than I expected. Anna cast so many good actors who are were able to find the comedy within their character. I also believe anyone who appreciates a good movie, especially one that didn’t come from one of the big studios, will appreciate this film. It has many interesting actors that audiences probably aren’t familiar with.
KRISTIN: How was it working with the incredible cast and crew involved in “The Love Witch”?
GIAN: First and foremost, it was an absolute pleasure working with Anna Biller, Jared Sanford and David Mullen. I had many scenes with Samantha Robinson, and she was lovely to work with. We had fun figuring things out at times. Emma Willis, and her crew of makeup and hair, were always professional, fun and highly capable. All of the actors did an amazing job, especially Samantha. She had the added pressure of carrying the movie. Anna did a fantastic job with casting. You knew exactly what she wanted, and she made it happen.
KRISTIN: When can we check out this film?
GIAN: Thankfully, the distributor has added more theaters, which I believe is a direct result of all the positive press the film has received. It’s recently been nominated for three awards by the Chicago Independent Film Critics (http://theyoungfolks.com/film/chicago-independent-film-critics-circle-2016-nominations/93988) Here’s a link to the list of theaters: http://thelovewitch.oscilloscope.net/
KRISTIN: Do you have any other projects we should be on the lookout for?
GIAN: “The Love Witch” has opened doors for me already. I’ve met more producers, directors, casting directors and have had more opportunities come my way. I also have a comedy web series called “F**KIN’ ACTORS” that’s a passion project of mine. The series has won several awards for BEST WEB SERIES at film festivals, including Los Angeles Cinefest, Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Awards, FirstGlance Film Fest Hollywood, and Hollywood International Moving Pictures Film Festival. I look forward to doing more with the series in the future.
KRISTIN: You have a fantastic background which includes serving in the US Air Force and a bodybuilding and modeling career. If you weren’t acting, what do you think you would be doing?
GIAN: If I wasn’t acting I’d probably be doing something related to aviation or fitness and wellness. I love planes, so working as an air traffic controller for the Air Force was a good fit for me. I’ve been an athlete as long as I can remember, so I enjoy eating healthy and staying physically active. As a hobby I raced triathlons for seven years, but now I play beach volleyball on the weekends and pump iron a few days a week. I hung up my bodybuilding trunks back in 1998.
KRISTIN: Where can we keep up with all your projects? Instagram/Twitter?
GIAN: I advertise my projects, and various other “life”-related adventures, on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and my website: www.giankeys.com
Make sure to follow Gian at all his above social media sites and check out The Love Witch at a screening near you!