August 20, 2012 | 440 views
Malverne director’s first feature film acquired by Lionsgate
‘The Newest Pledge’ to be released Aug. 28 on DVD
It’s a dream come true for 26-year-old director Jason Michael Brescia. The Malverne resident — who was born in Valley Stream — had his first feature film, “The Newest Pledge,” recently acquired by Lionsgate for domestic distribution. The film will be released Aug. 28 on DVD.
Brescia — who graduated from Kellenberg Memorial High School in Uniondale in 2004 and later majored in film production at Chapman University in Orange County, California — spoke with the Herald about his film, his commitment to moviemaking and what every good director should know.
When did you develop an interest in film?
I’ve had an interest in creative writing and film since elementary school at James A. Dever in Valley Stream. Growing up down the block from the Malverne Cinema, I developed an interest and love for independent film. Some of my favorite films growing up were “Revenge of the Nerds,” “Groundhog Day,” “Wayne’s World” and “Animal House.” I do enjoy films outside of the comedy genre though. I knew I wanted to be a filmmaker by the time I got to Kellenberg Memorial High School in the fall of 2000.
Who were some of your sources of inspiration?
I’m not influenced by other directors or writers as much as I’m influenced by the people I encounter. “The Newest Pledge” was heavily influenced by my own college experience and close friends.
Did you make any short films as a teenager?
I got my first video camera from my dad for my 16th birthday, and that summer, I intended on making a short film called “Beach Cop” with my friends. It was a little comedy-spoof about a crime-fighting lifeguard, but the film never got made. It stands as my first script, and I intend to one day make it because I hate leaving goals unfinished.
While at Chapman University, I made several short films, including the award winning “Ridiculously Emo,” which went to several festivals and won me the “Best Undergraduate Director” award at my school’s Cecil B. DeMille Award Show in 2008.
Tell me about “The Newest Pledge.” How did you come up with the idea for the picture?