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Celebrating America's Birthday and the Antics that Ensue

April 01, 2016   |   posted by Lara Klaber in Filmmakers


Sometimes the best ideas start with a yard, a grill, and a neighborhood of firework enthusiasts on the Fourth of July. As Andre Hyland juggled the roles of director, writer, editor, and lead actor of “The 4th,” he learned the most difficult obstacle of all to overcome in a Los Angeles neighborhood: parking.

“The shoot was on a busy street—well, they’re all busy streets—and parking was terrible,” Hyland says. “There’s a scene where two cars are parked on the side of the street, one right behind the other,” a rare occurrence by LA standards.

Even when their cars were in place, there were still no guarantees. When the beloved Volvo of the film’s main character Jamie was parked overnight, already in position for the next morning’s shoot, a stranger’s Fiat came cruising around a bend in the road.

After impact, “The car was bent into an accordion, and only the front passenger-side door would open,” Hyland recalls. “The back bumper looked like a handlebar moustache.” The totaled car, Hyland’s own, would not live to see the end of the film. The crew had no choice but to get creative on how to shoot the remainder of the scenes without it.

Setbacks aside, Hyland seemed to take it all in stride. While he’s created a number of shorts, TV segments, and television pilots, “The 4th” is his first feature film.

“In TV development, you can work on a project over a year and it may or may not ever be seen,” he comments. “Sometimes you never get to finish the story you started writing. A feature is more artistically fulfilling because you know it will exist out in the world in some way.”

Originally from Cincinnati, Hyland is looking forward to upping his twice-a-year visit back to the Midwest to attend the 40th anniversary of the Cleveland International Film Festival. He and co-star Paul Erling Oyen, a Cleveland native, have teamed up on many projects in LA, but this will be the first they’re debuting together back in Ohio.

“I’m excited for my friends and family from Cincinnati to be able to see the film,” Hyland says. “It’s great to leave your home state and come back to show what you’ve been doing.”

Amy Brown

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Related Screenings:
04/01/16 @ 4:20 PM – The 4th
04/02/16 @ 9:40 PM – The 4th
04/03/16 @ 9:40 AM – The 4th

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