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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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Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

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Cancel it!

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Wedding Planners

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Disaster Hut

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Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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