Inspired by writer Josh Hamburger’s real life events, “The Long Way” is a coming of age film about a young writer named Sam who travels to Los Angeles to follow his dream. Even though the world sees him as a grown-up, Sam still thinks of himself as a youth. But by traveling around the country, Sam soon learns what it means to be an adult from family and friends along the way.
While “The Long Way” is currently in the early editing process, filmmakers have begun a special Indiegogo campaign for fans to help become part of the completed project.
Actress Sara Castro is known for her dynamic portrayal of colorful characters – including an inspired performance as a young mother who believes in miracles in the film, “The Shift”, which also stars Danny Glover. In the role of Angie, the beautiful Castro plays a pivotal role in “The Long Way”. Putting all of the pieces of the puzzle together in a story for anyone who’s ever questioned whether or not they’re truly as special as their parents and teachers have told them they are.
In addition to her work on “The Long Way”, Castro is also set to appear in the upcoming psychological thriller, “The Dark Tapes” and the intense, underworld drama, “Outcall”.
I recently spoke with her about her role in “The Long Way” and more in this exclusive interview.
James Wood: What attracted you to “The Long Way” project?
Sara Castro: The indie element was a big attraction. I love being part of an interesting indie film. The character of Angie was also interesting. She’s very wild and colorful. I like to put 100% into my roles and Angie came to me very organically. She’s someone who’s wild, sexy and seductive and I had a lot of fun playing her.
JW: How would you describe the story?
SC: It’s the story about a writer who’s coming out of college with big dreams of writing films in Hollywood. He makes a cross-country journey and during the drive learns a lot about himself. Along the way, he meets my character, Angie, who teaches him a thing or two about life and brings him out of his shell.
JW: What was the filming process like?
SC: It was so much fun. We shot the movie in Oregon, which was very beautiful. Everyone was so cool to work with. There were long days but it really didn’t seem like it because there was such a rush of adrenaline. I remember coming off days where I couldn’t sleep because I was so excited. It was a great experience!
JW: What can you tell me about the crowd funding campaign to finish “The Long Way”?
SC: They’ve started an Indigogo campaign to help come up with the funds they need to finish the editing process. It’s exciting because there’s already been quite a bit of support. Their goal is to release the film sometime next year.
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JW: Let’s discuss another of your upcoming films – “The Dark Tapes”.
SC: That’s a project I worked on with David Banks and Dave Rountree. It’s a psychological thriller that’s five stories in one. It’s an intense thriller that’s very “Hitchcock” and reminds me a lot of American Horror Story. I play a nurse in one of the stories with a patient in the hospital who I have to keep sedated. Michael McQuown; the creator, wrote “The Perfect Man”, which starred Hillary Duff. This is directorial debut.
JW: Are there any other projects you’re working on?
SC: We’ve recently gotten the green light to do the film, “Outcall” where I’ll be working with Richard Friedman and Vince Lozano. It also stars Kira Reed Lorsch. I play a law student who’s putting herself through school by working as an escort and winds up getting recruited by the FBI to track down the most notorious Madame in LA. I’m really excited to work on that one as well.
JW: Have you ever given thought to getting on the other side of the camera at some point?
SC: I would love to direct at some point. I was so intrigued watching our director, Trudy Sargent, work on “The Long Way”. It was so inspiring listening to her and watching her work. She’s a great director!
JW: What do you enjoy most about the acting process?
SC: I enjoy surprising people with the roles that I play. I also love it when I’m able to work on different projects and play colorful characters that take me out of my comfort zone.