We had a chance to catch up with John Guarnere, one of the producers for Miss December (previously called Calendar Girl) and actor Brian O’Halloran about their recent DVD release.
For those of you who might not have caught our previous coverage, Miss December is a 2011 dark romantic comedy based in Philadelphia. It’s based around the premise of “Calendar Girl Killer” murdering a different girl in Philadelphia each month and distributing their photos in pin-up style poses. Following a letter to the press describing ‘Miss December’, a waitress named Ari (played by Jensen Bucher) believes she’s the next target. Instead of being horrified she sets out to discover who her ‘secret admirer’ may be.
As to why the Miss December crew chose Philadelphia, Guarnere tells us, “We shot in Philadelphia because we love our hometown backdrop and since the majority of us work in Philadelphia or lived there we had a number of connections to keep costs low for our production.”
Why was the film renamed though? “There was already a well-known feature film named Calendar Girl, so our distributor thought it would be good for us.” says Guarnere. As if supporting local creative weren’t enough of a reason to check out this film, Guarnere tells us that there’s a number of special features ranging from hilarious outtakes to deleted scenes and commentary.
“We also included an intro from Kevin Smith and featurettes about what life was like before Miss December and what it was like for Derek Linderman to direct the extras. Finally, we have the original Calendar Girl short which was well-received but far from a comedy.” Guarnere tells us. The story for this film originated as a 2002 one-act play by Faith Brody called Christmas Eve which later became the 2006 short film included on the DVD.
Brian O’Halloran of Clerks fame because involved through his agent, who was previously working with the Miss December/Calendar Girl crew. This is what he had to tell us about his role in the film:
In the film as the months go by and the killer hasn’t been caught. The media, hooked on the story start making their made for TV movie version of the crimes.
I play the drug addicted director of the made for TV movie of the “true story” of the Calendar Girl Killer. Something you’d see on cable tv.
He believes Kevin Smith’s unique fan base/following is the perfect target audience for the film, “It’s not just a horror film but there are elements of comedy and situations that his fan base can enjoy.”
Check out Miss December on Comcast, Cox Cable, Insight or CableVision! DVDs can be purchased directly on MissDecemberMovie.com
To celebrate, the DVD release, Double Windsor Films would like to give away two copies of the film. Leave a comment below (with a valid email) and tell me which month you’d like to be murdered, girls (and boys). We’ll pick a winner by the end of the week to follow up about receiving your prize.