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LAist Interview: Arie Posin

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On a recent trip to a Laemmle to see Capote, we noticed a poster for The Chumscrubber, which feels semi-psychedelic and sports the tagline "Meet Generation Rx." We weren't sure quite what to make of this—haven't they already made movies about teenagers getting high?—so we asked director Arie Posin a few questions about living and working in LA, and what exactly a Chumscrubber is.

1. Age and occupation:

33 - Filmmaker

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2. How long have you lived in Los Angeles, and which neighborhood do you live in?

10 years – Hollywood Hills

3. The Chumscrubber is your first Hollywood film, a story which you invented and directed. Why this story—what was the genesis of the story for you?

This film is very much rooted somewhere between my experiences and memories of growing up in suburbia intersected with Zac Stanford, the screenwriter, and his memories of growing up in a small town in the Pacific northwest. Both of us remember neighborhoods where every house held a secret, where there were painful and uncomfortable events going on, as there are everywhere. I think that living in a place that seems so idyllic on the outside, its sometimes hard to confront what’s really happening with all of us on the inside.

4. If it won’t give too much away, what does the title refer to?

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The title refers to a fictitious cartoon and video game character that exists inside an animated “movie-within-the-movie”. The Chumscrubber character is a teenager who’s survived the apocalypse. He’s not only survived it, but managed to retain a sense of irony and a sense of determination to keep going. The idea was that -- to the teenagers of our movie for whom this character is a hero -- if the Chumscrubber can survive his post-apocalyptic world, maybe they can survive their world. And maybe by extension, as the audience, we can survive our world too.