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2014 Sundance “Trading Cards” Series: #20. Jeremiah Bitsui (Drunktown’s Finest)

2014 Sundance "Trading Cards" Series: #20. Jeremiah Bitsui (Drunktown's Finest)Eric Lavallee: Name me three of your favorite “2013 discoveries”…
Jeremiah Bitsui: My top three 2013 discoveries are: High Intensity Interval Training, Beats Headphones, and Uber car service.

Lavallee: Could you tell me about how you landed the part of SickBoy ­ and your motivations for taking on the role…
Bitsui: I learned of Drunktown’s Finest and the role of Sickboy a few years back as Sydney Freeland (our director) had showed interest in me playing the role. Then Chad Burris jumped on board this project within this last year, we met at Sundance 2013 and have developed a friendship. He gave me the heads up the project would shoot summer 2013 and they still would like me to play. Then Mateo Frazier, director of Blaze You Out jumped on as a producer which we had just worked together. So when it all came together it seemed like the right fit. It’s very difficult to accomplish an independent film being that money is usually limited as well as time.

Lavallee: Loads of people recognize you from Breaking Bad, but I was curious about your recollections from your first professional credit: Natural Born Killers.
Bitsui: For many years even into adulthood I was known as the Grandson from Natural Born Killers, which was a great credit. It was amazing to work with such a brilliant cast and Oliver Stone, I think I was quite spoiled at that young age to have such an experience. I still feel truly blessed to have had the experience. However my very first professional film experience was a Japanese kids film called Mickey’s House, I played the lead Mickey… so I’m BIG in Japan 😉

Favorite Fest?: Sundance film festival is my favorite festival being that I have developed many relationships with the Sundance Institute plus Robert Redford is the Exec Producer of Drunktown’s Finest.

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2014 Sundance "Trading Cards" Series: #20. Jeremiah Bitsui (Drunktown's Finest)

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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