Alien Abduction, a sci fi/horror found footage film, screens this Friday, May 2 at 10 pm, at The Clinton Street Theater, part of the IFC Midnight series of films screening over the next few months. I was lucky enough to get Jillian Clare, who appears in the film and will be at the screening, to answer a few questions via email.
The Shadow Over Portland: Can you tell me about Alien Abduction, and your character in the movie?
Never a good sign
TSOP: This appears to be one of your first ventures into the sci fi and horror genre. Was acting in a genre film different from your previous film roles?
For me, it wasn't much different. Every role I do is just me in different circumstances. I didn't really go into it thinking of it being a certain type of genre film. It was just me being truthful and reacting to the given circumstances….which in this case, just happened to be aliens.
I assume things don't end well in this film
TSOP: Your IMDb page includes a horror/comedy TV series called Acting Dead, about zombies working as actors in zombie movies. I found the Indiegogo page for the show and it appears funding wasn’t reached, however, IMDb claims the season was completed. I have to admit, the basic storyline sounds fun and, from what I’ve been able to gather, you got to play a zombie. What was it like playing a zombie struggling to make it in Hollywood? And where, or when, can zombie fans see the show?
TSOP: Any plans to return to genre films?
TSOP: I understand you were born in Portland and lived in the area until you were 8 years old. Any plans when you come back to the Northwest for the screening of Alien Abduction?
JC: Visit family and my old friends!!! I'm also shooting a new film called "Free For All" in Portland later this year, so I believe I'll be meeting up with my director and writer as well to workshop the script a little!
TSOP: I also read you were named for a character in Star Trek: The Voyage Home. Are you a fan of the series?
JC: I don't think I've seen the film since I was a child. I always said I wanted to work with marine life though, which is funny because that's what the character I was named after does in the film!!
Nice bit of set design
TSOP: As this is a horror-centric blog, I have to ask what are your favorite scary movies?
JC: I'm a huuuuuge horror fan!!! I actually like to fall asleep to horror films because they comfort me. Weird, I know. "Scream" will always be in my top 10 movies. I was terrified of "Nightmare on Elm Street "when I was a kid!! And "It"! That movie scarred me for life! My all time favorite though has to be "The Strangers". It was so well done.
TSOP: I see you have a holiday film, By God’s Grace, in post-production. When is that coming out, and do you have any other projects on the horizon?
JC: I'm not quite sure when "By God's Grace" will be out. I know they are still editing it. As I mentioned earlier, I'm filming a new movie called "Free For All" later this year. I'm really excited about that one!!! It's my first real adult role. It's also the first time I'm the center of a feature film. Here's the synopsis: Lindsey, an unemployed college drop-out on the verge of divorce, finds herself couch surfing at her childhood home while her family grieves the death of her father.
TSOP: Last question. Do you have a fan page where people can follow your projects?
My thanks to Jillian Clare for taking the time to answer a few questions for The Shadow Over Portland. If you have a question for her, be sure to catch the screening of Alien Abduction at The Clinton Street Theater at 10 pm on Friday, May 2. Jillian Clare will be present for a Q & A after the screening!
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