||DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT (2008 Interview)
For the longest time, I'd been thinking of making a film about a young man on a road trip through the desert, on his way to visit a lover from his past. But then, I went through a one-year period where four people who were very close to me all died rather suddenly. Two were killed from strokes, one was killed by a heroin overdose, and the other in a violent motorcycle crash. As I coped with the turmoil of emotions from these deaths, I revisited my past, and my childhood in the desert. I also wanted to embrace the creative force within myself and in nature, as a source of renewal in the midst of loss. The characters in Sun Kissed are like the people I knew, the people I've cared about, and to some degree, myself. In my attempt to understand love and loss, I came to realize that no matter how one lives life, it should be lived with the utmost passion and truthfulness to one's self. Passion and honesty are two of the themes of this new film, and hopefully I've managed to create a sense of how important they are to human life.
Patrick McGuinn was born in Los Angeles in 1966. He began making super-8mm films at age nine. After studying production at NYU Film School, he worked as an assistant editor on PBS documentaries, and later branched out into independent filmmaking.
PATRICK McGUINN FILMOGRAPHY
2013 LEATHER, DCP, 100 min.
2009 EULOGY FOR A VAMPIRE, 35mm, 106 min.
2007 PINK SHIRT, Super-8mm on video, 4 min.
2006 SUN KISSED, 35mm, 92 minutes
2005 PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS, Video, 61 min.
2003 SPERM WHALE, 35mm & 16mm, 8 min.
2002 BABY BLUE, 35mm & 16mm, 7 min.
2001 SODA POP, 16mm, 7 min.
1999 KILL ME TOMORROW, 35mm/DVD, 80 min.
1997 SPF 2000, 16mm, 10 min.
1996 SUROH: ALIEN HITCHHIKER, Video, 74 min.
1994 DESERT SPIRITS, 16mm, 35 min.
1990 SAY THANK YOU, PLEASE, 16mm, 7 min.
1989 WHEN THE OWLING HAS COME, 16mm, 6 min.
1988 AGNES KEEDAN'S SECRET PLAN, 16mm, 13 min.
1986 TERRENCE BAUM, 16mm, 5 min.
FILMMAKER WEBSITE: http://users.rcn.com/patrick.interport/