This past weekend, PopWrapped's own Arthur Marroquin had the chance to catch up with actor/producer Brando Eaton at the Indie Lounge at this year's Sundance Film Festival in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Eaton is perhaps best known for his roles as Griffin on the hit show The Secret Life of the American Teenager and as Jonah Mitchell for eight episodes of Showtime's crime/drama/mystery program Dexter. Eaton appeared at Sundance 2017 in honor of the official debut of his upcoming horror film, Lake Alice, for which he served as both actor and producer.
Currently, not much is known about Lake Alice. For those who didn't catch the debut screening, HorrorNews.net confirmed that the film is set in Lake Alice, Wisconsin at Christmas time and follows the Thomas family, as they fight to survive a killer on the loose during a blizzard.
As for his other projects, Eaton mentioned that he has received funding for a new television series but declined to give further details, as the show "is not going yet." Eaton also briefly stated that he is also working on more movies with "big Latin American companies to try and get more diverse films here in America."
When asked about his experience at Sundance, Eaton stated, “At the end of the day, it’s a very small world here. It’s finding people on the same page as you with projects that you might want to get involved in together and just making magic happen.”
Brando Eaton also offered his perspective on the differences between the world of acting and the world of producing. "With acting, especially for a big budget production, you have to do what you’re told; ‘stand here, do that’ and you’re done," he said. "With smaller projects, you get a little bit more creative freedom. As a producer, I have creative freedom over the entire project. Now, by doing acting and producing, I feel so much more complete, whereas an actor -- I felt so much more constricted," Eaton added. Watch his full interview below.
Although Lake Alice was well received at this year's Sundance, neither Brando Eaton nor anyone else affiliated with the project mentioned whether the film would see a national theatrical release. Regardless, the annual Sundance festival does have a good track record of debuting films that went on to be successful, including Reservoir Dogs, Little Miss Sunshine, and Manchester by the Sea.