Zach is back. Zach Yoshioka, that is,
the prolific young movie and music-video
auteur of the Kyrene Corridor is
debuting yet another of his homegrown
cinematic efforts, 3 Can Keep a
Secret, with a premiere on Friday,
Jan. 27, at Tempe Cinemas.
Showtimes are 8 and 10 p.m.; admission
is $5 presale, $7 at the door. Both
include a free DVD with admission.
Hereís Yoshioka on his latest opus, as
well as on some exciting news about a
distribution deal for one of his earlier
WN: So, tell us about 3 Can Keep a
ZY: Itís basically a movie about love
triangles, and how peopleís romantic
emotions can get out of control,
especially in desperate times.
WN: How is this film different from the
ones you've made before?
ZY: This is the first movie that I had
zero part in the writing process.
Christi Wilson, who I co-wrote with over
the course of five movies, left
Ballistic Entertainment in 2003, and I
made Disk Jockey and Capture
the Flag during that time.
The day after the Capture the Flag
premiere she had sent me a copy of 3
Can keep a Secret. It sat in my
email account for almost tjree months as
I was busy directing music videos and
still doing a lot of work with
Kottonmouth Kings. When I finally did
read it, I read the first 10 pages, then
forced myself to print it out. About
five minutes after reading it, I called
Christi and was like, "Letís make
this!" So she rejoined Ballistic as a
producer on the project and we held
auditions. I then headed out on the
Warped tour as she ran the rehearsals,
and when I came home we made the movie.
WN: How has your directorial technique
changed since your earliest efforts?
ZY: Iím a lot better with working with
actors now. In the beginning I was very
technical, and I thought of actors as
props. I was still developing my style
in shooting and editing and I wasn't
focusing enough on performance. I feel
like Iím a lot better at communicating
with actors now that I'm older. I always
tell the actors that the camera hates
acting. So just be real. I try to let
the actors go a little off book
sometimes too, with improvisation, to
make them feel more comfortable, and to
capture natural dialogue in the same
context as the script. Overall I think
that I get better with every film.
WN: Whatís up with your distribution
deal for your earlier movie, Disk
ZY: Our sponsors at Trash City got in
contact with Maxim Entertainment. Maxim
Entertainment are the people who own
Maxim Magazine. We licensed them the
national and international rights to the
film about two weeks ago and they will
be putting it out everywhere. We had to
remaster the DVD and meet with a lawyer
and all this crazy stuff, but itís
really exciting to know that your movie
will be coming out everywhere on video
WN: What's the next project you have
ZY: We are going back out on tour with
Kottonmouth Kings in February to produce
a new live DVD. Then we'll probably
head out on the Warped Tour again. In
September we will be holding auditions
for one of two films, Run Till Monday or
Girls Night Out. RUN TILL
MONDAY...or.....GIRLS NIGHT OUT.
Christi has two new feature films that
she wrote and they are both killer. She
and I have developed a good
writer/director relationship over the
last few years and I can't wait to see
what we do next.
Go to http://www.BallisticEntertainment.net/
Tempe Cinemas is at 1825 E. Elliot Road,