Frightening flick: Joseph Vogt’s first film to open Nov. 16 at Ohio TheatreWritten by Matt Liasse | | firstname.lastname@example.org
An unexplained teaser for “See You Next Tuesday” played before Ohio Theatre & Events Center’s double feature of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” and “Repo! The Genetic Opera” on Oct. 26
“They showed it, and there was just silence,” Joseph Vogt said. “That was funny because I was there watching, kind of in the background … Looking down, I saw one guy lean over to his friend and go ‘What the f*** was that?’”
Three years ago, during a Christmas dinner with his grandmother, two aunts, mother and wife, Joe Vogt came up with the concept for a screenplay.
“My grandma and I, we’re reminiscing, we have a very candid relationship,” Vogt said. “As we’re talking about old family recipes and nostalgia, my aunts wouldn’t shut up. I said, just ‘give me 20 minutes to talk to my grandma.’ They just kept talking and talking and talking and I could see my grandma getting frustrated.”
A gruesome thought popped into Vogt’s head.
“Wouldn’t it be hilarious if she picked up the carving knife and just killed everybody?” he said. “That’s funny to me. Kind of like when a mother eats her young type of scenario.”
His screenplay turned into “See You Next Tuesday,” his first film that premieres at 8 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Ohio Theatre & Events Center, 3114 Lagrange Street. The film is reminiscent of an Alfred Hitchcock horror and stars drag queen Gina Arnez in the lead role.
The finished product did not happen overnight though.
“A month later I had a rough draft. I had a lead actress … that [was] the beginning. Three years later, we’re finally releasing it,” Vogt said.
Many delays affected the creation of the film: one actress was pregnant, another had surgery and the set had to be moved to a new location. There was a time Vogt wanted to give up on the project. He even started writing an email to his crew calling it quits.
“I equate it to being at the 22nd mile of a marathon where all of a sudden you look at your sports watch and think ‘s***, I’m close,’” Vogt said. “The endorphins start kicking in.”
Filming wrapped on Thanksgiving last year. Vogt captured nine hours of footage for a 33-minute film.
The film, in a way, is a tribute to the local area. It was filmed in a Victorian house in Rossford, with added pick-up shots filmed in Grand Rapids, Waterville and Perrysburg. Some on-set shots were filmed in Downtown’s Secor Building as well. The music used in the film was also arranged locally.
“When people talk about supporting Toledo arts and Toledo pride … you can’t get much more homegrown than what I’ve done,” Vogt said.
The money raised during the premiere will be donated to Pride Center 419, a charity chosen by Arnez.
Vogt said calling him a perfectionist is putting it mildly. Also a photographer, Vogt obsesses about his work constantly.
“It’s about the lighting, the shadows, the technical aspects, and that’s what I’ve always dwelled upon,” Vogt said.
Vogt is happy with the completed “See You Next Tuesday.”
“At the end of the day, you really have to make yourself happy, and that’s the thing that matters,” he said.
Vogt models his work ethic on an idea from Andy Warhol.
“Make art, put it out there. As people are deciding whether it’s good or bad, continue to make more art,” Vogt said. “It’s a daunting task, opening at the Ohio Theatre, [which] seats roughly 500. If we can fill that … that’s 1,000 eyes judging you at the exact same time. That’s intimidating, I will admit it.”
Don’t expect Vogt to miss out on the experience, though.
“Absolutely not,” he said. “I like a bold statement and I like drawing my line in the sand. I don’t cower away from that.
“At the end of the day, I walked away with a film that I like watching,” he said.
Tickets for the premiere are available ahead of time at brownpapertickets.com/event/484296. For more information on the film or Vogt’s photography, visit jsvogt.com.