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Getting REAL with Norm Korpi and Clint Cowen
of THE WEDDING VIDEO
THE WEDDING VIDEO features 10 popular ex-Real World
cast members from various seasons who portray exaggerated
likenesses of their “perceived” public images.
Produced, shot and edited in the classic reality-based
style, pioneered by the Real World, THE WEDDING VIDEO
is a comic spoof of a genre, which has become a mainstay
in television programming.
When the former cast members converge on Beverly Hills
for Norman Korpi’s (Real World NY) wedding, the
prying eye of the camera sees a side of his friends
that’s unknown to him: a raunchy, bickering, back-stabbing
group of self promoters. Lies, sex, scandal, and secrets
(Norms groom-to-be is an adult film star!) have Clint,
the omnipresent videographer, walking a fine line between
reality and fantasy, all the while, trying to cut together
the perfect wedding video.
Mouth: How did you come up with the idea for The Wedding
Norm: We wanted to blur the lines of what is and isn’t
real. After appearing on the Real World everyone thinks
they know us.
Mouth: What a great idea to shoot it as a wedding video.
Clint: The film illustrates how “real” footage,
in this case- of a gay wedding, can be manipulated into
something other than what it seems to be. We hope viewers
will think twice about what they perceive as “real”
as a result of watching this movie.
Mouth: How would you categorize this film?
Mouth: Norm, do you still get recognized on the street?
Norm: On the street, in airports, bathrooms, cars, malls,
restaurants—and all this after eight seasons since
I was on the show. I must say though, I have met some
of the greatest people in my life as a result.
Mouth: The format of the film is a mockumentary. How
did this format address your experiences being on TV?
Norm: In my mind the format was critical. The Real World
cast help shape the story of a wedding video into a
comedic commentary on reality vs. perception. Generally
in Mockumentaries, people are poking fun at someone
else. In this case however, the actual cast are making
fun of themselves, which I hope will give viewers a
smarter perspective on what they consider real.
Mouth: What message do you want The Wedding Video to
Clint: That things aren’t always what they seem.
Mouth: Well thanks guys. I can’t wait to see your
film and welcome you here to Hawaii.
Meet Norm, Clint and other ex-Real World cast members
starring in THE WEDDING VIDEO, when here in Hawaii for
the showing of their film, Opening Night of the Honolulu
Gay & Lesbian Film Festival on May 30th- June 2nd.
To see a trailer of THE WEDDING VIDEO, go on-line to
Till next time…