Maggie Surovell and Courtney J. Camerota, Director and Writer
by Holly Bieler
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We caught up with screenwriter Courtney J. Camerota and director Maggie Surovell just a few hours before the world premier of their film Last Pickup at last weekend’s Williamsburg International Film Festival.

Equal parts crime thriller and comedy, the film, which focuses on three men finishing up one last task for their shady, high-profile boss Mr. Worthington in New York City, might appear on the crime noir side, but Camerota said the script’s inspiration came from classic comedic roots.

“I thought, ‘I want to write a screenplay about bad decision makers,’” she said. “We don’t watch The Three Stooges or It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia because they’re intelligent people. We watch it because we want to see how these people are going to get themselves out of the situation.”

And although the entire film was shot over just 13 days, Camerota and Surovell said they were excited for audiences to see just how far the filmmakers were able to go under such a limited timeframe.

“In certain shots, we’ve heard ‘Did you shoot that on a crane? Did you spend $1 million to shoot it?” said Surovell.

In making one such daring scene, the filmmakers said they almost got a ticket when they got a bit too daring shooting B roll in Time Square.

“We had a lot of courage go into it,” said Camerota.

With just a few hours until show time, the filmmakers said they were particularly excited not just for family and friends to see the film, but for them to see it on a film screen as well.

“I’m excited to see it on the big screen,” said Camerota. “I’ve only seen it on a computer screen.”

(Holly Bieler)

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Kim R.
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October 09, 2015
I can't wait to see this, the trailer looks so funny
Julia G.
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October 09, 2015
I want to see it! When will it show again!?!?