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?
Lota Hadley 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 people.

Are you kinda sad to see it all coming to a head?
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 release.

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.

Sin-Jin Smyth

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 succeed."

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 everyday?
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 Greek Life.

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 - www.faithkills.com

Thanks again Lota!
Always my pleasure!


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