The South Bay Film and Music Festival, June 1 to 5, has an eclectic mix of documentary and feature films including “Fare,” the story of a Uber driver who realizes his passenger is the man having an affair with his wife.
“Fare” screens at SBFF Thursday, June 2, at 9:45 p.m., at the Hermosa Beach Community Center, 710 Pier Ave. “Fare” is one of eight films nominated in the narrative film competition. Director and star of “Fare,” Thomas Torrey, who also the film's screenwriter, will take part in a question and answer session after the film.
Torrey shot “Fare” over a three-day period last September. The film was shot with three DSLR cameras mounted in the car, running at the same time, while circling downtown Charlotte. The cast would “tear through” upwards of 30 pages of dialogue during each take.
“The entire film takes place in a moving car so our one location was a car and we were driving in real traffic,” Torrey said. “It's just three actors inside the car for the majority of the film. Our challenge was to shoot it in only three days. I thought we could do that if we approached it like a play. So I cast local actors in Charlotte, actors who I worked with in the past. We had four days of rehearsal, getting off book, making a lot of our choices, so that when we showed up to shoot we didn't have to worry about any of that. It was just executing the pages.”
Torrey and his partner Justin Moretto quit their day jobs to start Bad Theology Pictures last year. Their focus is “sub $2 million” budget films, from dramas to science fiction. “Fare” is their first feature film.
“We wanted to start with something really small, kind of the prototype to test the market ... we said let's do a film that we can shoot really quick and really cheap so that if we fail, we fail quick and cheap, and if it succeeds, we'll have something to test the market with.”
Torrey said “Fare” is about marriage, relationships and betrayal with surprising twists.
“We bend tone and genre and really push the film in an unexpected direction,” Torrey said. “I said, 'This could completely not work, this could be stupid.' But if we can't make these risks on the micro-budget film, when can we? This is where we try these crazy ideas.”