Owen Tig spent eight months in quarantine with his parents, sitting outside the epidemic in Florida when the script came out for “Montana Story.” Du Aring was one of the first opportunities to anchor the tragic family drama Tig in the film and he jumped at that opportunity. Weeks later, Tig, who turned his back on Stephen King’s adaptations of “It” and “The Stand,” was in Monte Bozeman, preparing to shoot the story of two estranged siblings who reconnected to their father’s deathbed.
“The story was partially removed from what was happening on Earth, but it seemed somehow related,” says Tigg. Diversity On the eve of the film’s premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last week. “It echoed the things I felt in my own life and was really a cathartic experience.”
And although the “Montana Story” is rooted in real-world problems of oppression, neglect, and remorse, the background in which it was created may be doubled for an apocalyptic setting in King’s novel. Tig and his fellow members (Haley Lou Richardson played her sister, Erin) remained in a bubble while strictly following the Covid protocol. The remote shoot in Montana’s intermediate zone lends itself to social distance, but the process adjusts somewhat.
“It was scary all the way,” Tigg said. “We’re shooting in a farm somewhere. When I got to Bozman, I went shopping and got the cereal, and I didn’t go shopping again for two weeks. You are constantly being checked. Everyone is wearing masks. You are afraid of getting sick or making someone else sick. Somehow that fear entered my performance. ”
In the movie, Tig’s character Cal is dealing with a sense of irresponsibility that he feels due to his failure to protect his sister from their abusive father, who was so angry at his daughter for reporting on his shady law practice in his school newspaper. He looked at Cal and almost killed her. When Erin sees her father say goodbye, Cal is forced to face her own guilt. Scott McGee and David Siegel, who previously co-directed “The Deep End.”
“I’ve never found a character so easily,” Tigg said. “Usually your character will click halfway through the movie or sometimes you’ll find it on the 20th day. From day one I knew where this guy was coming from.”
The film, which is looking for distribution, has scored with critics in Toronto. Hollywood reporter David Rooney praised Richardson and Tig for providing “heartbreaking sensitivity”, while underwear’s Robert Daniels praised Tig’s “intense measure” work. At the end of the shoot, Tig had to act in a scene where his character became emotional, broken in a flood of guilt and grief.
“It felt like a release,” Tigg said. “I sat with this character for a few weeks and survived with this psychological stuff and then the call came out.”