Playing “Knuckleball”: An Interview with Co-Writer and Director Michael Peterson

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Canadian-born Michael Peterson is an award-winning filmmaker who got his start doing short films until 2011, when he released his first feature film, the comedy Lloyd the Conqueror. Since then, he has done documentaries and short films. He returns to feature films with Knuckleball, set for release in theaters, VOD, and Digital HD on October 5 from RLJE Films.

World Film Geek had the chance to talk to Peterson about his latest film.

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Thank you so much Michael for talking about Knuckleball. I saw the film yesterday and I was blown away with what many are describing as a horror take on Home Alone with some great twists and turns.
Thank you so much! I’m glad you liked the film.

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Luca Villacis as Henry and legend Michael Ironside as Jacob in Knuckleball (RLJE Films/Raven Banner)

I am a huge fan of Michael Ironside and Munro Chambers. I feel Munro may be one of the best villains in indie thrillers this year with his performance. And Luca Villacis really impressed with his central role of Henry. What were they like to work with on the set?|
Oh they were great! I wanted to give Munro a chance to go outside the box in terms of what he can do and that’s great to hear what you said about his performance. I think he did a very good job. And Michael Ironside, I mean this guy is a legend and it was definitely an honor to work with him. I’ve been a big fan of his work for so many years. I’m also a fan of Cronenberg and Michael was in Scanners, and I’ve always loved seeing his films. So, for him to bring his expertise and experience on the film, I couldn’t have been more excited.

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He ain’t at Degrassi anymore. Munro Chambers’ Dixon may be one of the best villains in indie films this year, in Knuckleball (RLJE Films/Raven Banner)

What would you say was the biggest difficulty you endured making the film. I would think it was the weather, as that winter can make quite an impact.
It was definitely the weather! It was one of the coldest shoots I had ever done. We shot the film in Saskatchewan and Edmonton during the winter, but I was proud of the cast and crew. We all got to endure the weather and made this great film.

Are there any new projects that you can talk about?
I produced three films that are coming out, A Boat Movie, Alive, and True Fiction. I am currently at work on another project that I am planning to direct as well.

Knuckleball comes to theaters, VOD, and Digital HD on October 5. Anyone who wants to envision Home Alone as a horror film with a twist will definitely want to look out for this film. Thank you again Michael for taking the time to talk about the film.
Thank you so much!

A Special Thank You goes to Katrina Wan PR and Michael Peterson for making this interview possible.

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