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Duchovny goes underground for his new film, ‘House of D’

Austin Richardson

Going under the radar to promote a film can be tough. Just ask freshman writer/director David Duchovny about his new film “House of D.””We are going for the classic ‘word of mouth’ marketing campaign with this film,” Duchovny said from his California home Friday afternoon.Part of the strategy, according to Duchovny, is to show the film at festivals around the country, stirring up interest in the project. In addition to the Vail Film Festival, “House of D” has been shown at the Tribeca Film Festival and at Lion’s Gate. On April 15, the film opens in both New York and Los Angeles. Two weeks from then, on April 29, the film will enjoy a slightly wider release in 10 cities. With a little luck, Duchovny could have a hit on his hands. And judging from the reaction of the audience assembled for the opening of the Vail Film Festival Thursday night, his film will be well-received.Duchovny said he was on his way to the east coast to promote the film.One of the obvious bright spots in the film was Robin Williams’ character of “Pappas.” Playing a mentally handicapped neighbor to the protagonist seemed to provide the veteran actor a particular challenge.”Robin was terrific to work with,” Duchovny said. “He was unpredictable yet methodical and serious about his craft.”He was always trying to make it better … always wanting to keep going.”An example of this comes in the lightning quick banter between the young Thomas Warsaw, Pappas and Thomas’ love interest, Melissa. Pappas, jealous that Thomas is moving forward with his life, seems to be “submarining” his young friend’s blossoming chance at puppy love. Williams’ brilliance shines through his improvisation and Pappas’ random, non-sequitor comments punctuate the character’s pain. The former X-files frontman said there were a few auto-biographical aspects in the film. Duchovny himself was a scholarship student at an Episcopal prep school, delivered meat on a bicycle and grew up in New York City’s Greenwich Village in the 1970s.Writing the movie came quickly, “like vomit,” said Duchovny. After the initial draft, which took between one and two weeks to complete, the rewriting began. From a blank page to film was roughly a one-year journey. Shooting the film took 34 days. Duchovny’s final wish was to “go see the movie.”

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