Exclusive Interview: Adam Fergus, David Haydn-Jones, and Jeffrey Vincent Parise talk “Mama Bear” at the Olympus Film Festival

On Wednesday night in North Hollywood, California, Nerds and Beyond had the pleasure of attending a special screening of Mama Bear (along with several other short films) at the first ever Olympus Film Festival. Director Matt Cohen, writer Lee Ehlers, titular star Mandy Musgrave and many of the film’s other stars were in attendance. The screening was packed and lively, and even included a special audience Q&A. At the end of the evening the Festival’s producers handed out awards – and Mama Bear was given the first ever “Zeus Award” for its action packed depiction of bravery and overcoming the odds!

After the festivities were over, I managed to grab a few of Mama Bear’s stars for some exclusive interviews! I spoke with Adam Fergus, David Haydn-Jones, and Jeffrey Vincent Parise about their experiences on set, their favorite moments, how fabulous and supportive Cohen was as a director, and what they hope might come out of Mama Bear being expanded into a full length feature film! 

Watch the full interview below and stay tuned for more Mama Bear exclusives, including interviews with Lee Ehlers, Matt Cohen, Mandy Musgrave, and more!

Britt

Britt is a Los Angeles based writer, burlesque performer, and life long nerd. A former drama kid turned playwright and classic ambivert, (shout out fellow ambiverts! There are dozens of us! Dozens!) her love of books, snacks, and cats makes her a Ravenclaw with Hufflepuff leanings. She is a voracious reader, writer, and unapologetic binge-watcher. Her lifelong obsessions include Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Star Trek, Harry Potter, Firefly, Battlestar Galactica, Doctor Who, Arrested Development, Neil Gaiman, and Frank Herbert's Dune series. Her current obsessions include: Sherlock, Black Mirror, The Great British Baking Show, RuPaul's Drag Race, and Counterpart. She will also gladly talk people's ears off about graphic novels if they let her, which they usually don't. Find Britt on Twitter @MsGeorgiaOQueef

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