– by Gig Patta

Big budget comic films are making the big splashes this year with Avengers: Endgame, Captain Marvel and Spider-Man: Far From Home.

However, the smaller indie films this year are using its creativity to present a newer outlook towards superheroes with Hispanic-themed El Chicano, horror Brightburn and now with suspenseful Freaks.

From the creative minds of Zach Lipovsky and Adam B. Stein, Freaks is a film about superhuman beings being hunted due to their freakish powers and the fear of them.

The film stars Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild, The Girl Next Door), Bruce Dern (Nebraska, The Hateful Eight), Lexy Kolker (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Shooter), Amanda Crew (The Haunting in Connecticut, Final Destination 3) and Grace Park (Battlestar Galactica, Hawaii Five-0).

The short synopsis of the film is about a disturbed father (Hirsch) locks his bold 7-year-old daughter (Kolker) in a house. He warns of the grave dangers outside and that she needs to stay for her safety. But, a mysterious Mr. Snowcone (Dern) convinces the little girl to escape her father to join him on a quest for family, freedom and revenge.

The film won multiple awards at a few film festivals, including the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival (Jury Price), Vancouver International Fantastic Film Festival (Emerging Filmmaker Award) and Paris International Fantastic Film Festival (Best Film – Audience Award). It was also an official selection at the Toronto International Film Festival.

LRM Online had a sit-down interview with the filmmakers Zach Lipovsky and Adam B. Stein. We discussed the inspiration for the film, the setting and even discovering Lexy Kolker amongst all the auditions.

Lipovsky was featured as an up and coming filmmaker for On the Lot, a television series produced by Steven Spielberg and Mark Burnett. He made it to the top 18 beating out more than 12,000 filmmakers. He went on to direct Leprechaun: Origins, Dead Rising: Watchtower.

Stein directed many segments for Jimmy Kimmel Live! And the television series of Ingress Obsessed and Nerd Court.

The directing duo worked together on Mech-X4 television series and the Kim Possible television movie.

Freaks is now playing in select theaters today.

Watch our exclusive interview above.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive

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.