I had the opportunity sit down and ask her how the film came to be, what her creative process is like and what her opinions are on being a woman in the film industry making a movie about three beautiful and powerful vampire ladies. (Click here for a full review of the film!)
Were you doing other narrative films before this feature film or…
XC: Well no, but I had been trying. [laughing]
What was the experience like for you, jumping from documentary to narrative film?
XC: Well, there was a long time in between because I’d been trying to make movies very, very hard. I was working very hard, taking it very seriously. Obsessive-like, but they were not necessarily the kind of movies that financers like, jump up and down and clap their hands for. But finally, you know, I was about to get another movie made before Kiss of the Damned. It was a movie that I’d written like 5 years before, right after Z Channel and it was an obsessive love story that took place in Mexico City. I did get it green lit and I got it ready to go, but by the time I did, it was just, I wasn’t connected to it the way I was when I had written it, you know? And I just longed to do something that was immediate and you know, had that immediacy and that was very fresh.
XC: Yeah, I mean, I sort of had changed as a person, and I really loved the screenplay. I think my producer is still going to make the script with another director. But you know, sometimes…I outgrew it, sort of stylistically and thematically.
If I saw that movie I’d love it, but it’s just not for me to make. So I took some of the people who were working, financers working on that, and for a fraction of it wrote a vampire movie in 3 weeks and that’s how [Kiss of the Damned] came to be.