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Interview: ‘Antebellum’ Directors Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz Talk Vision Behind the Film, Audience Interpretations & More

Directing duo of Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz are tackling their feature directorial debuts with psychological horror thriller, Antebellum.

With a story also written by Bush and Renz, Antebellum tells the story of renowned author Veronica (Janelle Monáe) as she tries to escape from a 19th-century slave plantation.

During my interview with the writer-directors, Bush and Renz spoke about how the idea of the story came to them, which scenes were some of their favourites translated from script-to-screen, what they hope the audience takes from the film and more.

Check out the interview below:

Antebellum Synopsis

Successful author Veronica Henley (Janelle Monáe) finds herself trapped in a horrifying reality that forces her to confront the past, present and future – before it’s too late. Visionary filmmakers Gerard Bush + Christopher Renz (Bush + Renz) – best known for their pioneering advertising work engaged in the fight for social justice – write, produce and direct their first feature film, teaming with QC Entertainment, producer of the Academy Award®-winning films Get Out (Best Original Screenplay, 2017) and BlacKkKlansman (Best Adapted Screenplay, 2018), Zev Foreman, and Lezlie Wills for the terrifying new thriller Antebellum.

Lionsgate presents a Lionsgate / Bush + Renz Production / QC Entertainment / Zev Foreman, A Film By Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz, ANTEBELLUM. Starring Janelle Monáe, Eric Lange, Jena Malone, Jack Huston, Kiersey Clemons, Gabourey Sidibe. Casting by Laray Mayfield. Music by Nate Wonder and Roman Gianarthur. Costume Designer is Mary Zophres. Editor is John Axelrad, ACE. Production Designer is Jeremy Woodward. Director of Photography is Pedro Luque Briozzo, SCU. Executive Producers are Alex G. Scott, Kenny Mac, Edward H.
Hamm, Jr. Produced by Raymond Mansfield, Sean McKittrick, Zev Foreman, Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz, and Lezlie Wills.

Written and Directed by Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz.

Antebellum releases on premium VOD on September 18.

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