On Tuesday, Entertainment Examiner spoke exclusively with Amy Jo Johnson, an accomplished actress, acclaimed singer/songwriter, and one of the most talked about producers and directors in the world of independent film.
In recent years, Johnson — a veteran of such respected projects as Felicity, Flashpoint, and Covert Affairs — has excelled behind the camera, bringing to life her popular short films Bent and Lines. Today, she’s at it again, only this time she is tackling a far more ambitious but also more rewarding challenge. Johnson is about to direct her first feature film titled The Space Between.
When we connected with the multitalented performer and producer this week, Johnson was kind enough to take us inside of her world today as she prepares to embark on an exciting new adventure — an adventure that fans are invited and encouraged to experience with her.
As it turns out, The Space Between is currently one of the most buzz worthy-projects on all of Indiegogo, attracting scores of fans and supporters who want to be part of this filmmaking experience (to become part of it yourself, click here).
Examiner: Since transitioning your professional focus to writing, producing, and directing films, you have logged a number of impressive accolades and critical acclaim for your work. How have your “baby steps” into a career (mostly) behind the camera in recent years prepared you to tackle your first feature film?
Amy Jo: I think that’s exactly what I’ve tried to do, take baby steps, into my first feature. Writing, prepping, shooting and editing three short films has been incredibly helpful in preparing for The Space Between. Each project I’ve completed has enabled me to go through huge learning curves. Now, jumping into this first feature will still be a HUGE learning curve, but I’ve gathered a fantastic team of professionals along the way who have done this before and will help guide me through the entire process.
Examiner: As illustrated by the public’s reaction to your movies and music — and the tremendous outpouring of enthusiasm for your Indiegogo projects — you have an enormous amount of support behind you. Does this make it easier for you to tackle the challenges of filmmaking or is there added pressure to keep everyone happy?
Amy Jo: I could not do any of these projects without the amazing enthusiasm and support I’ve received. I love and use it as energy and motivation to get the damn thing done. I feel truly blessed to have such support.
Examiner: Few people in your business have found their artistic voice (in music or film) as naturally or seamlessly as you have. Have you always been keenly aware of your strengths as a performer and artist or have you struggled more than most of your fans may realize to get to where you are today?
Amy Jo: Ha! Oh dear… That is a loaded question. Yes, I have battled many demons through the years. I’ve gone from floundering to searching to experimenting to flopping to persevering to quitting to finally letting go and figuring out what truly makes me happy. That is writing and directing. I love it and feel like I’ve only now finally found my voice.
Examiner: For those unfamiliar with your new project, what is The Space Between about and to whom does its story speak?
Amy Jo: The Space Between is a heartfelt comedy about a man who discovers one morning that his four-month-old baby is not his own and that his wife took his infertility into her own hands by sleeping with a university student. He sets out on a journey to find the biological father. The film delves into the hardships of parenthood, including the unexpected joys and turbulence that a child can bring. The film sheds a very raw and truthful story on parenting, something that moms will be able to appreciate. The Space Between not only speaks to mothers, but also daughters and their conflicting relationship with their parents. Male audiences will be able to access the film through the likeable and hilarious Nick and Mitch who also struggle with what it means to be a father and a husband. Ultimately the film is about-facing the choices we regret and finding forgiveness with ourselves and those we love.
Examiner: When do you hope to have The Space Between completed and ready for the film festival circuit?
Amy Jo: We plan to have the film complete by November 2015, and for everyone to see sometime in early 2016!
Examiner: Do you have anything else you would like to say to the legions of fans who are rooting for you in your latest endeavor?
Amy Jo: Thank you for all your support from the bottom of my heart, and please come and join me in making The Space Between!
To learn more about The Space Between and how you can become a part of the Indiegogo support crew, click here.