by Veronica Pratt, PAIFF Youth Journalist
“Future Weather” is a movie about a 13-year-old girl named Lauduree who is home alone because her mother left her to go to California to pursue her dream of becoming a makeup artist. I met with the Director, Jenny Deller, to talk about her film. You are probably wondering, and so am I, why she casted these actors, specifically Perla Haney-Jardine as Lauduree and Amy Madigan as her grandmother Greta. For Lauduree, Deller was looking for an actor that was not too precocious, relatable, someone who looked different, and was grounded. The role of the grandmother was a really juicy one for a woman because most grandmothers in movies are just “meh” – they’re just there. The actor had to have a special charisma and she had to be fiery.
The budget was very low for the film – just under a million dollars – yet Deller got well-known actors such as Amy Madigan and Lily Taylor. In 2009, the script won the Nantucket screen-writing award, and Taylor was on the jury. She liked it so much that fought for it. When Jenny met her, she thought Taylor was perfect for the role of the science teacher. When Jenny proposed that she play the part, Taylor said yes. Amy Madigan’s story was also interesting. They were very close to shooting, and the budget had been raised. Suddenly, Deller thought of Madigan and she said yes.
Deller really enjoyed shooting this film. “It was incredibly gratifying to take images you write and see on the page — and all of a sudden put them out into the world and have actors speaking the lines,” she told me. Yet there is one thing left that I needed to know: What about the final scene? Deller decided to leave the ending open to interpretation.