InterView: Laura Henry Director of "Prom" in the film "Do Not Disturb"

Hey folks, Valkor here. Last week I had the chance to check out a wonderful film titled "Do Not Disturb", which is an anthology based inside of a hotel, specifically room 316. My thoughts: I gave the film a 5 and to quote my own review "Do Not Disturb" is probably the most charming and entertaining film I've seen in a good while. Last round on InterView, we checked in with the director of the film, Mali Elfman. This round we'll chat it up with one of the directors of the shorts, my personal favorite "Prom", Laura Henry. If you haven't seen the film yet, do yourself a favor and check it out. So without further ado, let's check in with Laura.

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Laura Henry

Let's start out with a little intro about who you are, where you're from, what's your role in the film "Do Not Disturb", and finally Oreos or Chips Ahoy cookies? Go!

I am a director and teacher. I have had a private acting studio in Santa Monica since 1992 and I am full time at The University of North Carolina School of The Arts, school of Drama. I have been at UNCSA for 7 years. I have been a theater director for many years and have co-directed one other movie. I wrote and directed Prom in Do Not Disturb.

The film is also your directorial debut as well as Mali Elfman, how were you chosen for the job?

This actually isn't my directorial debut or at least it doesn't feel like it. I have worked as a script doctor and private coach on film and tv for years and as above have directed many plays and co-directed another film.

What did you think of the experience and would you do it again?

Sure I loved working with Mali and of course my cast especially Jonathon Majors and John Reese as we had some rehearsal time before shooting. I would prefer not to shoot in one day it would have been nice to have a second day, at the very least. It was fun though. great crew and nice people.

You've been on both sides of the camera (acting and directing), which side would you prefer to be on?


Laura Henry

Let's discuss "Prom"; did you select the piece or was it chosen for you?

I wrote it after Mali asked me to participate and she asked for a piece about high school students in LA coming out. I had a few conversations with her and changed it around but ..well you see what it is.. essentially that.

The piece deals with homosexuality (in my eyes, not directly or in your face), did the two male actors express concerns dealing with the subject matter?

The subject matter was never an issue for either one of the actors. They were concerned with the story and what they were doing. Who these two young characters were.

The ending to "Prom" is open to interpretation. Was that how it was written or did you simply say "Cut! Let's end it right there"?

I am so happy you liked that. That was shot exactly the way it was written.

If I were to give my thoughts on the ending, I would say the two boys became best friends. It's usually how friendship works; you have something in common that builds from there. How would you interpret the ending?

I love your interpretation. Friendship is what it is all about and everyone's interpretation is correct. The film is my interpretation.

What does the future have in store for you? What is the next project you'll be working on?

I just closed a play I directed and am working on the reading of a new play in NYC next week, bringing my UNCSA senior graduates to NYC and LA and finishing a new screenplay.

Laura Henry

And let's end things on a fun note: What's the strangest/weirdest encounter you've had either on the set of this film or any project you've worked on?

I never kiss and tell.


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