Philipp Karner talks about his outstanding movie “Like You Mean It” which opens in LA on Friday!
It’s a big weekend for Phiipp Karner whose film Like You Mean It begins a one week run at the Arena Theatre in Hollywood this Friday.
The movie about a man who’s fallen out of love with his boyfriend and is trying everything to get it back was one of the few films chosen to screen twice at Outfest last summer.
‘For my film to come out theatrically here means a lot,’ Philipp tells Greg In Hollywood. ‘I’ve lived in LA for almost 15 years now. I feel more at home here than I ever did in NYC or Vienna, which is where I grew up. I have a lot of friends here. And most of my cast is here as well. They’re really wonderful.’
In addition to Outfest, the film has also played Reel Affirmations in Washington DC, Cinema Diverse in Palm Springs, Reeling Chicago and it will play Image+Nation in Montreal in early December.
‘The reception has been really great,’ Philipp says. ‘People seem to like how different of a love story it is.
The movie was an ambitious undertaking for the young actor. In addition to playing lead, he also wrote the script and directed the movie and is a producer.
Phillip had been working on Like You Mean It for nearly three years, raised $30,000 to make it and was able to shoot the film in 15 days.
‘I decided that I’d rather be frustrated and anxious about getting a movie made than waiting around for auditions,’ Philipp says of creating a movie with a meaty role for himself. ‘On one hand, I didn’t really have any time to worry about my performance so that made things simpler. I just did it and got on with it. But then on the other hand it’s impossible to be objective when watching a scene with yourself in it. And I’m in most of the scenes in the film.’
The story is a deeply personal one for Philipp.
‘There are parts of the film that are very much autobiographical,’ he says. ‘A few years ago I was in a very unhappy place with myself and my career. I was with an amazing guy for a while who I loved very much but I was beginning to take a lot of my frustration out on him. I tried so hard to change and to get the magic back into the relationship. It was a humbling experience.’
He adds: ‘I hope that the audience connects with that ambivalent place that we can get to in relationships. And that no matter what, we need to be kind to each other. Not all things are meant to last. And there doesn’t need to be a villain. Unless you’re dating a sociopath of course.’
Philipp was one of the stars of the 2008 romantic comedy Kiss the Bride opposite Tori Spelling. His other films include starring roles in Diving Normal, The Wind, and The Morning After as well as supporting parts in The Battle of Shaker Heights, Race You to the Bottom, and The Price of Happiness. Philipp has also completed work on the upcoming films Swipe and Search Engines.
He is currently finishing his next screenplay for a film he’s planning to shoot in Vienna.
‘It’s a gorgeous place but it’s also full of contradictions which is fascinating,’ he says of the location.
Like You Mean It opens at Arena Cinema Hollywood on Friday, November 27 and will run through Thursday, December 3. He will be doing Q & As for the first and final screenings and will be joined by some other cast members.