The director of the Gila Window film festival said in an interview that the film is an “emotionally charged, powerful and moving” film that he thinks audiences will “really like.”
The Sundance film festival runs on the weekend of April 19-21, and Patterson is scheduled to be there to present “The Other Side of the Door,” an adaptation of a short story by his wife, Jane Foster, about the discovery of a hidden child in the attic of the family’s suburban home.
Patterson, who wrote the script, said in the interview that he didn’t think his wife’s story was a story that would resonate with audiences.
“We knew it was a novel and we knew it would be emotionally powerful, but I was not sure what the story was,” Patterson told the Associated Press.
“We didn’t know if people would be interested.
And it just seemed like the right time for a film to come out.”
He also talked about the idea of using his wife as a narrator, which he said would allow him to bring the story to life, saying that his wife would play a “very significant” role in the film.
“When we started writing, she said she wanted to write this story, but she didn’t want it to be a story of her.
She wanted it to have a very different, emotional story that is really about her husband,” Patterson said.”
She has always been the voice that I felt was there, but we just didn’t have the money or the opportunity to go do that with her.
We felt that we needed to use her voice to tell this story.”
The Gila window is the only real-life example of a family who was forced to leave their home after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans.
In the 1980s, they moved into a trailer park and began raising chickens.
Patterson said that when the film was in production, his wife wanted the trailer park to stay open to the public, but that was not the case, and the trailer was converted into a shelter.
“They moved the trailer, so there was no shelter,” Patterson explained.
“So now we’re here, and it’s beautiful, and we’re very happy and proud.
And I think people will really like it.”
Watch Patterson’s interview with AP here: