“THE CATECHISM CATACLYSM” | co-writer-director, Todd Rohal
[PREMIERE SCREENING: Saturday, Jan. 22, 11:59 pm — Egyptian Theatre]
I shouldn’t have been surprised by this, but our cast and crew threw themselves into the idea about making a movie with Satanic elements and potentially dangerous situations — there was sheer joy in the faces of crew members when they were asked to go into a parking lot, draw a pentagram with gasoline and light it on fire.
Throwing risk factors into the production only seemed to make everyone anticipate the days with more enthusiasm: “Let’s take all of your borrowed expensive electronic equipment, put it in a boat and take it down a river for four days. Will that work?” That this idea was met with an excited cheer of “YES!” did surprise me. I truly expected choruses of “no’s” and lengthy debates, but it was nonstop agreement on ideas like this and further from every department of the production. A very good surprise.