‘Fatman’ Directors Ian And Eshom Nelms Talk Mel Gibson, Woodlake Childhood, And ‘Army Of Darkness’!!

The filmmakers discuss how growing up in Woodlake, California enchanced their love of cinema.

I’m just going to get this out of the way and proclaim my unabashed love for Fatman. Mel Gibson as Santa is just one of many awesome things about the feature (I can’t wait for its Blu-ray release). My review is here, but whether you love this movie or not, directors Ian and Eshom Nelms are engaged interviewees. 

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Mel Gibson and Walton Goggins in “Fatman” (Saban Films)

John Ford had Monument Valley, and though obviously not as expansive, a ten acre horse ranch in Woodlake, California is no slouch either. Having that open space fueled the cinematic ruminations of brothers Ian and Eshom Nelms

During one of those long treks to the video store, they rented the beloved Sam Raimi flick Army of Darkness. That movie was a game changer for them, and maybe that outsized narrative subconciously influenced the hybrid storytelling of Fatman.

Mel Gibson and Marianne Jean-Baptiste in “Fatman” (Saban Films)

Lost On Purpose (which I still need to see!), Waffle Street, Small Town Crime and Fatman focus on how a town and its residents have an impact on the protagonist. It was refreshing to interview filmmakers who, along with being solid storytellers, are diehard film buffs. If they did a podcast about watching movies in a small town, I’d totally subscribe to it. Anyways, check out the interview below:

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Fatman is now in theaters and hits Digital and On Demand November 24!!

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Eric Holmes, Bruce Purkey and I discuss Fatman on the latest Find Your Film podcast. As you know I liked it, Eric said it’s a movie he’ll play every holiday season, and Bruce dished out the gift of coal citing it as the worst movie of 2020 (he also hated The Painted Bird, which I love). Bruce and I disagree now and again, and I love hearing his different takes on the pod. 
Fatman is getting strong reactions, and honestly I dig movies that simply go for it and let the viewers decide. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the movie as well!!

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