We spoke to Georgiadis about ‘The Flower on the Road,’ his inspirations and his beginnings as a filmmaker.
QL: How did you get started as a filmmaker? Did you study it at school? Or is it a hobby?
Georgiadis: I attended Long Island City High School where I studied Art of Cinema and Film Analysis with my professor Dr. Ronald Tuch.
I began writing films in 2013, that’s when I made my first film ‘Running Out’ with The Sparrow Film Project.
In 2015, I wrote a film titled ‘Bardo’ which went on to screen in over 30 film festivals in North America and Europe. The film won an award at the 25th Annual Sedona Film Festival in Arizona, screened at Village East Cinemas with Soho International Film Festival as well as the Big Apple Film Festival. Currently, the film is available for rent on Amazon Prime.
QL: Which famous director are you most inspired by?
Georgiadis: Many filmmakers inspire me and influence my work. Alfred Hitchcock, David O. Russell, Spike Jonze and Astoria native Dito Montiel (who wrote A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints) have introduced and inspired various methods of storytelling. I admire both modern day cinema as well as cinema from the Golden Era in Hollywood.
QL: What is your new film about?
Georgiadis: The new film I wrote and directed is called ‘The Flower on the Road.’ The film is about a drug trafficker who picks up a hitchhiker while traveling along the coast of Northern to Southern California. Over the course of their trip, these two strangers become more transparent as their layers peel away.
With a romantic attraction neither wants to confront but neither can deny, their journey and the stakes involved intensify with each person they cross paths with along the way, leaving a messy trail and imminent disaster ahead.
And yes, there is an epic 1970s muscle car chase along the desert, perhaps two.
The film stars Kassandra Cruz, a professional dancer diving into the acting world with a deep and mystifying performance. Steven Weed, an actor who recently moved from Detroit, Michigan, delivers an onscreen edge Hollywood isn’t ready for. Both Kassandra and Steven share an on screen chemistry comparable to Bonnie and Clyde.
I have to give credit to my amazing Cinematographer Bojan Vanovac who captured beautiful moments on screen.
QL: When and where will the film be screened?
Georgiadis: Currently we have shot a twelve minute teaser for the film while the feature screenplay is being finalized. We are looking to plan a screening/fundraiser in the near future while we also navigate potential production companies and investors to support the principal photography of the entire film. There is a trailer available online at vimeo.com/280617077.