Between the intriguing premise and the spunkybean-friendly cast (including Josie Davis of Charles in Charge and Bruce Davison from LOST), I wanted to find out more about Stealing Roses. Luckily, Megan Clare-Johnson was available to talk to us about the movie and a really interesting social media campaign.
Megan, thanks for taking the time to talk to us. Now, did you write Stealing Roses with the idea that you would actually be directing it?
I wrote Stealing Roses a few years ago and initially was pitching it to sell after it did well in the Austin Film Festival Screenwriting Contest (it was a finalist and semi-finalist in a few of their contest divisions). After a few years though I decided Stealing Roses was a story that had to be told now, especially during the current economic and health care crisis. There comes a time when you just have to do it – just get it done and release it out to the world and stop asking permission so much (but that is more targeted advice for filmmakers in general). I raised the budget through private investors and met Alexia Melocchi a producer who owns Little Studio Films in LA – she helped me assemble the cast and crew. Actually, once I decided to direct it – everything came together very quickly and smoothly.