Filmmaker Jack Begert makes his feature debut with the Darren Aronofsky-produced comedic drama Little Death, which premieres at the 2024 Sundance Film Festival on Friday. Ahead of the film’s first showing, The Hollywood Reporter chatted with Begert, as well as the film’s stars Dominic Fike, Jena Malone, Gaby Hoffman and Talia Ryder in THR‘s studio during the festival.
Before Little Death, the ingenue filmmaker was best known for directing music videos for artists like Olivia Rodrigo, Doja Cat, Jack Harlow and SZA. While most of the film’s cast signed on for the indie flick after being impressed with Begert’s script without having worked with him before, Fike decided to join Little Death because of his collaborative past with the writer-director.
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“Jack does all my music videos. It’s going to be hard to get another one out of him after this. But it’s easier that I worked with him on this, you know?,” the alt hip-hop artist joked. “So now you owe me a little bit. I’ll probably get two more music videos out of this before you stop doing them.”
Fike also commended Begert’s director skills in his music videos, praising the filmmaker’s efforts to make him feel comfortable on set. “He’s never really forcing me, even though the things that we do take on like sitting in the cold for six hours at a time or drowning me in a Florida swamp,” explained the Euphoria star. “He’s never too pushy. It’s always for the greater good, and I always understand that. He just knows what he wants, which is nice.”
As for when production begins for the fourth season of Euphoria, Fike admitted that he doesn’t know when filming will resume. However, he has other plans for the year: a world tour that includes stops in Australia and New Zealand.
Watch the full interview in the video above. THR‘s studio during the Sundance Film Festival is sponsored by Heineken, Hyundai, Bogner and SIXT.
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