Lota Hadley interview (Producer of upcoming sin-Jin Smyth)
Lota Hadley, producer of the eagerly anticipated Sin-Jin Smyth, recently spoke to John Gray about the positive experience of bringing Ethan Dettenmaier's hair-raising vision to life, as well as some intriguing tidbits upon an ambitious upcoming horror project entitled Job. Many thanks to Lota for her time and friendly disposition.
With the Sin-Jin Smyth journey coming to an
end, how do you feel about everything in retrospect?
I can honestly say, Iím happy to have been a
part of this project. It was a huge opportunity and
Iím grateful to Paul Gallo and Ethan on including me in
the project. I have been involved with post
production for many years and I gained a wealth of
knowledge about production. I also had the opportunity
to met and work with a group of wonderful, talented
Are you kinda sad to see it all coming to a
Well first of all until its release, Sin-Jin
Smyth is far from being over for me. Although the
end is drawing near, Iím not really sad because I
believe with ever ending there is a beautiful new
beginning and Iím already full steam ahead in
development on some new projects.
What do you think of the finished product?
I like what we have so far. I also agree with the
director who like all great artists, will keep fine
tuning. He will probably try to keep improving on a
his creation until we pry it from his hands for
You are kind of a "Jack of All Trades" in the
entertainment industry. Is there one particular area
you prefer over the other?
I really like being a part of development.
We noticed that you lend a lot of advice to up
and coming directors, actors, producers etc....it
seems as though you're trying to give something back from
your success. Would that be correct?
When I had the misfortune of dealing with a few of
Hollywoodís less than cordial players, I made a vow to
myself that ďI donít ever want to become that
guy/woman." I love lending whatever information I am
privileged to know in this business to whoever needs
it. I donít want to enter into filmmaking like itís
some sort of weird contest and the rules of the game
are to keep the other person from gaining knowledge so
that you are sure to finish first. If you feel
strongly about your project (and you should before
attempting to succeed in Hollywood), you should have
the confidence that you will be a success no matter
what someone else is doing.
Your quotes all seem to revolve around positive
thinking, is that how you try to live your life?
Iím an imperfect person in an imperfect world,
but when I can get out of my own head and my own shit
I try to focus on whatís really important. This business
especially can take the wind out of your sails, but
the key is to ignore the negative and keep trying.
In the mist of pre-production my mother Daisie Mae
Walker-Hairston had surgery and began to decline
until her passing in April. She lived her life in
eternal hope, a champion in the struggle up until the
end, always smiling at the nurses in the hospital and
gracious. I hope to mirror my mom. In her fighting
spirit, I am looking at the challenge of independent
film making and saying the words ďI am going to
How was it working with Ethan so closely?
(Laughs) Well itís hard when you are emotionally
involved with someone you work closely with. It
becomes increasingly difficult if you are the person
who has to tell the director the word ďno." Lucky
for us with so many creative, innovative people on the
crew, I did not have to say that to often. Just when
I thought we were going to have to scrap a shot one of
the guys would come up with a way to rig it without
being a big expense. I think Ethan and I survived
our roles pretty well.
What about the cast and crew? You all seem
really tight, almost like a family. Do you find this
makes it a little easier to wake up and go to work
We had a great crew, a bunch of true
professionals. Even in the closest of families there
are bumps in the road. The trick is to keep working
to get through it.
So, let's talk about the next project.
Iím actually working on several projects. I am
working with another producer, John Paul Rice on a
dark comedy titled The Boy Who Couldnít Say No,
written by a talented director/writer named Edgar
Bravo. I have another comedy in the works titled
Well, you also have another horror film in
development. This one is really special to the Pit
of Horror....let's talk about that and give the fans a
taste of things to come.
The next horror film I am working on is titled
Job. It has all of the elements to make a great film;
action, blood and revenge. The tag line for the film
is: "If you're going to bury the truth, make sure it
stays buried. What do you do when your faith comes
back to kill you? This Halloween, faith kills!"
WOW! Can you elaborate anymore on that?
Sounds like our kinda of horror film!
Yes, it is going to be the next big horror
franchise! As far as the plot goes, it has to do
with six priests fearing for their lives. A secret
they thought had long ago been buried comes back for
revenge. It's a very 'old school' slasher film. A
major throwback to the 80's with a hint of Italian
horror. A truly original concept....horror fans
will be pleased. Iím very excited!
As we are!
Also keep an eye out for the web-site for Job
Thanks again Lota!
Always my pleasure!
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