The 28th Santa Barbara International Film Festival started off right, leading in with Disconnect, an uncomfortable drama starring and , focused on a group of people searching for human connections in a very disconnected world that first made it's big screen debut in Toronto last year. Before the crowd was brought in to watch, we got a chance to talk with a couple of the film's stars.
First we had a conversation with actor (We Bought a Zoo, Push). He's a youngster compared to the rest of the cast, but he's been around the acting block for awhile, and is next confirmed to appear in the upcoming CBS series Under the Dome, based on 's novel. This is what he had to say about Disconnect's message:
This gives you a good guide as to what not to do on the Internet. This is kind of an eye-opening film and I think that it's helpful because it shows the worst on the Internet, so you know what not to do. It sends really good messages at the same time as it puts a negative light on the Internet.
Actress (Red State, Into the Wild) also provided her thoughts on the digital age after working on the film, as well as singing the praises of director .
The thing that I loved with working with Henry [Alex Rubin] is that he's so hands-on. He's really with you in between takes and before the scene you get to discuss it a lot so you don't feel lost. You feel completely in control. He's such a creative person so it was fun to be around a creative mind.
I think the best thing about this movie that everyone is going to get from it is just to spend time with your family and really pay attention to those around you. Don't become so absorbed in your technology and what you're doing on the computer. Who cares of what people think about you on the Internet. Just look at the world around you, because sometimes I wonder myself how much you miss out on life if I didn't look at my phone all day, what more I could see. So this film has kind of helped me do that too. You can learn a lot from the Internet but don't let it become your life.
Last but certainly not least, (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Grey) explains why he was so interested in playing a private detective who faces a real moral dilemma when his son (Colin Ford) begins cyber bullying. Grillo also comments on the unique experience of working with a filmmaker whose previous work only included documentary films.
I was drawn to the relationship with my character's son, because I have three boys of my own. So when I read the script, this was the character that I wanted to play because of that journey that he takes with his boy.
[Henry Alex Rubin] is a documentary filmmaker and he looks at the world differently. Not so much attached to the script as much as he is to these people. He kind of let that develop so it was a very interesting procedure, experience and I loved it. The film shows it that way. It really seems like you're spying on these people which is good.
Disconnect will be released in theaters on April 12, 2013. Stay tuned for even more coverage from the 28th Santa Barbara International Film Festival.