Jack C. Newell on Grieving Road Trip Comedy with Monuments [Exclusive Interview]

Monuments starring David Sullivan and Marguerite Moreau with Jack C. Newell as director

Monuments starring David Sullivan and Marguerite Moreau with Jack C. Newell as director

A road trip comedy with a grieving husband and a ghost is really no laughing matter. In Monuments, the comedy-drama follows a man who wishes to scatter his departed ashes in the city against the wills of her family. Then the pursuit becomes a touching comedy.

The film stars David Sullivan (The Wilds, Sharp Objects, Flaked), Marguerite Moreau (Wet Hot American Summer, The Mighty Ducks), Javier Munoz (Shadowhunters0, and Joel Murray (Mad Men, Shameless). Jack C. Newell wrote and directed the movie.

Here’s the official synopsis for Monuments:

Laura and Ted are enjoying a dysfunctional marriage in Boulder, Colorado: teaching at the university, drinking at the local tiki bar, and (barely) tolerating Laura’s odd family and odder would-be-suiter, Howl. After a brief estrangement, they are now back together, determined to make it work. When Laura is killed in a car accident, Ted is paralyzed with grief. Unable to let Laura’s family takes matters into their own hands by stealing the ashes, and heading to the family resting plot to say their goodbyes. At the same time, Ted is suddenly face-to-face with Laura’s ghost. She explains to Ted his mission: steal her ashes back, head east, and scatter them where they first fell in love. Ted steals Laura’s ashes and Howl’s truck and heads out on a cross-country road trip with the family and Howl in hot pursuit. Along their odyssey, Ted and Laura’s ghost encounter characters that seduce, annoy, hurt, and sidetrack Ted from his mission. There’s Amber, the mysterious seductress; a trio of singing wood-nymphs; a directionless car mechanic, the only security guard at The Field Museum who matters, and Laura’s bratty little sister, Crystal.

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LRM Online’s Gig Patta spoke with director and writer Jack C. Newell on the project. We talked about the origins of the movie concept, the road trip, the production, and the cast.

Jack C. Newell is a director, writer, producer, and public artist. His feature film credits include 42 Grams, Open Tables, and Hope Springs Eternal.

Monuments is currently available digitally and on VOD today.

Watch the exclusive interview below with Jack C. Newell. Let us know what you think.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive, 1091 Pictures

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Gig Patta

Gig Patta is a journalist and interviewer for LRM and Latino-Review since 2009. He was a writer for other entertainment sites in the past with Collider and IESB.net. He originally came from the world of print journalism with several years as a reporter with the San Diego Business Journal and California Review. He earned his MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management and BA in Economics from UC San Diego. Follow him on Instagram @gigpatta or Facebook @officialgigpatta.

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