It’s the most wonderful time of the year. LA Film Festival season! This annual event brings some incredible artistic work to Los Angeles, showcasing compelling independent films from emerging storytellers, alongside filmmaker-driven studio titles. This week, I had the chance to chat with Dylan McTee (Nate Griffin, Sweet/Vicious) about his new movie Midnighters, which will have its world premiere at this year’s festival. We talked everything from Dylan’s experience filming the movie to what makes it a must-see – and of course, who would I be if I didn’t talk about Sweet/Vicious? (You’ll have to wait until Part 2 of the interview for that.)
In Midnighters, McTee plays Jeff Pittman, who is willing to do whatever it takes to survive the mess he gets into. Here’s what the film is all about:
Midnight, New Year’s Eve: when all the hopes of new beginnings come to life – except for Lindsey and Jeff Pittman, whose strained marriage faces the ultimate test after they cover up a terrible crime and find themselves entangled in a web of deceit and madness. (via IMDB)
Midnighters comes from the Ramsay brothers (director Julius Ramsay and writer Alston Ramsay) and is classified as an indie, psycho thriller. “It’s sort of like a Hitchcockian thriller – not so much CGI shadows jumping out at you, but more like people dealing with their lives being destroyed,” McTee teased, before delving into the plot. “The film is about a pair of newlyweds who aren’t doing so well financially, or romantically, really. They accidentally hit a person in the middle of the road on New Year’s Eve, and they make some really bad decisions after that which lead to some catastrophic consequences, revealing their true selves.”
“[Midnighters is] sort of like a Hitchcockian thriller – not so much CGI shadows jumping out at you, but more like people dealing with their lives being destroyed.” – Dylan McTee
As previously mentioned, McTee plays one of the main characters, Jeff Pittman, whom he admits “is like still a boy in many ways.” Without delving too far into spoiler territory, Dylan teased, “[Jeff is] married to Lindsey (Alex Esseo), and when they end up hitting someone in the street and then after they decide to take him home – where a certain connection is revealed between the person that they hit and their own family – this new purpose is realized within in Jeff, and he sort of reawakens in a way.”
Midnighters will be premiering during the LA Film Festival on June 19th, and McTee couldn’t be more excited about it. “I can’t wait to see my friends Julius and Alston Ramsay and my film-wife Alex Essoe and film-sister-in-law Perla [Haney-Jardin, who plays Hannah] — two badass actresses to watch, by the way!”
Besides reuniting with the Midnighters cast and creatives, Dylan is also looking forward to sharing this story with the world. “In terms of the screening, I think you can add me to the list of actors who find it difficult to watch themselves, for many reasons,” he said. “But I’m so excited to share this, because I think this film stands out within the genre. It makes you really think. It’s not just trying to scare you.”
If you’re able to, make sure you stop by the LA Film Festival on June 19th to see Dylan McTee in action. Keep an eye out for Part 2 of our interview — where he tells me about how he almost got beat up for a cigarette.
Check out the official trailer for Midnighters and let us know your thoughts!!