Exclusive Interview with Mario Cerrito III (The Listing)
What is your earliest memories of being a horror fan?
I think my earliest moments of being a horror fan was when I was a kid about 9 or 10 and watched the first Halloween at my friends house. It was around Halloween and the feeling I got from that film was indescribable. Straight fear but yearning for more.
Was there a moment in your life when you knew that filmmaking was your calling?
Yeah, when my first film Deadly Gamble was picked up for worldwide distribution. I made that movie on $10,000 and it was my directorial debut. I never made a short film or went to school for film. Just winged it on that and it ended up getting signed. I thought to myself hmmmm I might be on to something here.
What is your favorite decade of cinema and why?
Tough question. In terms of horror the 80s. In terms of comedy the 90s. In terms of special FX- current.
Tell us a bit about THE LISTING?
The Listing is a story about a father who risks absolutely everything to get his son back. The film is a suspense thriller- it has some good twists. It was made in 2015 and will be coming out worldwide to Blu-ray/DVD and VOD from SGL entertainment later this year.
What inspired you to tell this story?
My son. The love I experienced when he came into this world really carried over to the way I tell the story in The Listing.
What is the most difficult part of the filmmaking process?
Getting the money to make a film. Filmmaking is brought to you by money. Money is hard to get. Without money, you better be a good story teller.
If you could give another filmmaker the most valuable lesson that you ever learned while on set, what would it be?
Independent filmmaking is a difficult thing to follow. What’s your motivation?
Honestly, I was never good at anything else outside of baseball. I’ve gained a little following, made some money at it, told the crazy stories that come inside my head and seen my film on cable television and many other platforms. If that doesn’t motivate a guy from a small town, I don’t know what will.
Can you tell us what other projects you are currently working on?
I’m currently working on a documentary/film on the most horrific massacre to ever take place at a restaurant. It is in pre production right now and will be done filming in August.
Where do you see your career in 5 years?
Hopefully I’m still writing and making film. I love it. It’s what I was born to do. God willing I’ll be doing it for another 50 years.