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Sean Stone talks working with father Oliver and directing “Greystone Park”

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Chances are you know Sean Stone even if you don’t recognize his name. The son of director Oliver Stone has appeared in 13 of his father’s movies including “Natural Born Killers,” “JFK” and “Savages.” But now he’s decided to put the camera into his own hands.

Stone has created his first feature film with “Greystone Park,” a found footage horror movie that details the real-life experience he had with the movie’s co-writer/star Alexander Wraith at a haunted insane asylum. IFC had the chance to catch up with Stone over the phone prior to the flick’s DVD release and talk to him a bit about his inspiration for the project and his decision to have his father star in some of the movie.

IFC: What influenced you to make this movie? Have you always cared about ghost stories and haunted houses and things like that?

SEAN STONE: Well, I have, actually. I’ve loved horror films since I was about four years old and forced my mother to take me to see “Pet Cemetery.” I don’t know what it is, but I’ve just loved scaring myself since I was a little boy. Hearing ghost stories, I’d always wanted to have the experience but I’d never actually had an encounter with a ghost or anything like that. When this opportunity came up, it was because I met Alex Wraith at dinner just like you see in the film, and he had stories about this play, Greystone, out in Jersey, a great haunted mental hospital, and I just got excited. I said, ‘Let’s check it out, I want to film it.’

IFC: So did that idea come first and you were like let’s make a story about it, or did you already have a gem of an idea and kind of develop it from there?

SS: No, pretty much we lived it. We literally recorded [the experience]. I always had an idea about making a film. Alex had been going there for about three years and taking a camera inside. [He had] been stopped by police and been arrested a couple times. [He’s] lost footage because they confiscated the footage. So he kept going back like he was trying to piece the thing together, like he was going to shoot it all with his friends running around inside the place.

That’s the point that I met him, and for me it was just like the place sounded amazing. I wanted to explore it and, sure enough, the next night we went in and what happened to us that night was the basis of the story. So when I left with Alex I said, “This is a movie, we should start writing it.”

IFC: You said when you were younger that you hadn’t encountered a ghost, but would you say that that’s changed now?

SS: Yeah.

IFC: Now that you’ve gone to Greystone Park, are you going to continue going to haunted areas? Is this something you’d want to pursue?

SS: We spent about two years, all in all, in the dark. 2009, 2010 and into 2011 when we finished the film I really felt like I was living in the darkness. A lot of expeditions at night; we kept going to not just Greystone but other places. We went to other kinds of hospitals, haunted houses, forests: just places with a lot of negative, dark energy, and we carried it with us, you know? They definitely follow you, and then you start getting the calls and they start interacting with you more and more; they’re telling you they’re interested about you. It’s a really weird reality so, in a sense, I don’t feel the need to go back and make another film about it at the moment. I’m working on a martial arts comedy; it’s a very different direction.

IFC: That’s the opposite of what you’re doing right now.

SS: It’s the opposite direction, definitely. I definitely am fascinated by that realm and I want to do more projects hopefully documenting and understanding more about that and that world.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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