One of the many films to world premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was the dark comedy Greener Grass. Written, directed and starring Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe, the film is based on their SXSW award-winning 2016 short film by the same name. While most movies are easy to describe, I’ll admit Greener Grass is like nothing I’ve ever seen and can see it playing midnight festivals for a long time. The film is set in a demented suburbia where adults wear braces on their straight teeth, parents are willing to give up their kid to a neighbor with no warning, characters wear underwear as scarves, and no one wants to be the one to go first through a four-way stop sign. Trust me, Greener Grass is funny, weird, and every time you think you know where it’s going, it takes a completely unexpected turn. As someone that has seen almost every movie trope countless times, when a movie like Greener Grass comes along, it’s a welcome delight. The film also stars Beck Bennett, Neil Casey, Mary Holland, and D’Arcy Carden.
Shortly before seeing the film, Beck Bennett, Mary Holland, Dawn Luebbe, and Jocelyn DeBoer came by the Collider studio at the Kia Supper Suite in Park City to talk about the film. They talked about being at Sundance, how they explain the film, why the characters wear braces, competition in suburban life, the challenge of keeping the very funny cast on-point and choosing which improvisations to keep in the edit, and more.
In addition, they played “Get To Know Your Sundance Attendee” which includes a number of questions like what TV show they’d like to guest-star on, what’s their favorite fantasy or sci-fi movie, what film scared them as a kid, their first movie or TV show crush, if they prefer Game of Thrones or Breaking Bad, and a lot of other fun stuff.
I’d also like to take a moment to give special thanks to our Collider Studio partner, the all-new 2020 Kia Telluride, which was transporting filmmakers to our studio in celebration of the debut of the all new model, Kia’s first eight-passenger SUV that is several inches longer and wider than the brand’s award-winning Sorento.
Libations flowing at the Collider studio and parties were provided by LIFEWTR, Tequila Comisario, Sensi Tuscany Wines, Blue Moon Belgian White and Dragonfly Coffee Roasters. Food during the evening parties was provided by Greene St. Kitchen of Palms Casino Resort helmed by Chef Du Cuisine Lanny Chin. Brand partners also active during the day-part include mou, a luxury footwear and accessories line, and The Wild Immersion endorsed by Jane Goodall who was on-site with the world’s first ‘virtual reserve’.
Check out what they had to say in the player above and below is exactly what we talked about.
Beck Bennett, Mary Holland, Dawn Luebbe and Jocelyn Deboer:
- 0:45 – Beck Bennett coming to Sundance straight from SNL.
- 1:43 – Explaining the film, which is based on a short, and why they want to make sure French teenagers like it.
- 3:15 – Why the character’s wear underwear as scarves.
- 3:51 – The choice to wear braces in the movie.
- 5:04 – Competition in suburban life.
- 5:33 – The challenge of keeping the very funny cast on-point, and choosing which improvisations to keep in the edit.
- 7:00 – Keeping in the “mouth sounds.”
- 8:00 – Their reactions to finding out that they had gotten into the festival.
- 8:51 – They play “Get to Know Your Sundance Attendee,” including what TV show they would like to guest write/direct or guest star on, favorite sci-fi or fantasy film, favorite superhero movie, what film scared them as a kid, and more.