Steve Conrad Exclusive Video Interview – THE PROMOTION

     June 11, 2008

Already playing in limited release and expanding this weekend, is a quirky comedy called “The Promotion.” The film was a big hit at the SXSW Film Festival and it’s about two mid-level Chicago supermarket employees who compete ruthlessly for a coveted managerial post at a new store location. And playing the two employees… John C. Reilly and Seann William Scott.

One of the reasons I enjoyed the film is director Steve Conrad doesn’t offer the audience a typical villain. There’s no one person that’s good and one that’s bad. Instead, he shows how two people will do many things there’re not proud of to try and get ahead in life.

While it’s not as splashy as the big budget summer blockbusters that typically come out in June, I think you should give it a chance. Also, for fans of “The Office,” Jenna Fischer plays Seann’s wife and she’s great.

So to help promote the movie, I recently got to interview writer/director Steve Conrad. During our time talking we covered all the usual subjects and I asked him about his long in development project with Brad Pitt. Watch to learn the good news…

Finally, if you missed the movie clips from “The Promotion,” you can watch them here.

Steve Conrad Video Interview Promotion

  • We talk about how he’s been promoting the film all over the country and at film festivals

  • We talk about the film and the absence of a “bad guy”

  • Advice for a first time director

  • I ask if it’s true that he doesn’t outline his scripts

  • How has his life changed since Pursuit of Happiness

  • Why did he cast Sean, John and Jenna in the roles

  • Was it difficult getting Sean to play a character so small and dry

  • I ask about Chad Schmidt – the script he wrote for Brad Pitt. He said things are looking good on it.

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