Calling for Community: A Conversation with Blake Freeman
On this episode of the Cinephellas podcast we have my conversation with the multitalented Blake Freeman. We’re discussing his new comedy, All About the Money. Blake wrote the screenplay, directed, produced, and stars in the film. But he consistently points out that the project was only possible thanks to the community of people he worked with, both behind the scenes and in front of the camera. He’s got some great co-stars, including Eddie Griffin and Casper Van Dien. This is Eddie’s return to the big screen after about two years doing other projects. And Casper gives a great performance playing against his usual all-American type. Blake also gave me some info about his upcoming TV project based on tech and gaming culture. It’s a timely look at contemporary digital culture.
All About the Money follows three down-on-their-luck buddies (Freeman, Griffin, and Van Dien) that try to turn their fortunes around by heading to Colombia in order to capture a drug lord and score the $25 million bounty on his head. However, the three friends soon realize that they’re in way over their heads, leaving them fighting to stay alive.
I give the movie 5 out of 5 hairpieces for consistent laughs and strong performances from everyone in the cast. No matter how small the role, each actor brought her or his A-game to All About the Money. The desire to build community and create a support network that Blake talks about in our conversation is definitely visible in this hilarious action comedy.