Kris Rey, Mary Kay Cook Talk I USED TO GO HERE and SXSW

Kris Rey, Mary Kay Cook Talk I USED TO GO HERE and SXSW

The Chicago-made comedy I USED TO GO HERE stars Gillian Jacobs and Jemaine Clement, and was filmed in town this past summer. Before the film heads to Austin for its World Premiere at the South By Southwest Film Festival, director Kris Rey (pictured here) and her line producer Mary Kay Cook stopped by SCREEN for a chat about their Chicago-made feature...

SCREEN: What can we look forward to when we head to the theater this spring?

MARY KAY: I USED TO GO HERE is a refreshing take on a woman's coming-of-age story, from a female writer/director. It's a comedic journey of self-realization on the cusp of middle age, when we are "supposed" to have things figured out, but really are just becoming who we are.

SCREEN: Why was it important to make this film in Chicago?

KRIS: Making work in Chicago has always been important to me. I love this city with all my heart and we have such a strong community here. I’m so excited I got a chance to make another movie here and show the world what we’ve got.

SCREEN: What will audiences connect with in this film?

MARY KAY: I think audiences will connect with the universal theme of a hero's self-discovery. When everything falls apart, how do you want to put it back together again? The film explores this question with a light comedic touch.

SCREEN: What does having your World Premiere at SXSW mean to you and your team?

KRIS: Having I USED TO GO HERE premiere at SXSW is very meaningful to me. SXSW is where I started my career and has always been a home for my work. I love the festival and, in my opinion, it’s the best place to premiere a comedy. I can’t wait to show people the special film that we’ve made.

[Editor's Note: Rey's first feature, IT WAS GREAT, BUT I WAS READY TO COME HOME, played in competition at SXSW in 2009, followed by her next feature, EMPIRE BUILDER (2012) and short film BABY MARY (2014)]

SCREEN: What did this film mean to you as a filmmaker?

MARY KAY: I'm proud to help produce this film here in Chicago, with our amazing cast and crew members. Making a film is hard, and making a good film is even harder. So it's lovely to share this moment with such a talented group of people who all worked tirelessly to bring Kris’ vision to life.

Click here for more about I USED TO GO HERE and all the Chicago films heading to South by Southwest this March.