Out of all the anticipated films I had marked in my iCal at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, the one that did not disappoint was Spencer Susser’s HESHER, a film that brings out the gritty, badass side of Joseph Gordon-Levitt (I always knew you had it in you, Joe). After its Sundance premiere, HESHER was quickly picked up by Newmarket Films - the same company that released DONNIE DARKO, MEMENTO, WHALE RIDER, REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES and THE PRESTIGE, just to name a few from their repertoire. If you’re with me, then you know what I’m saying - this company has an eye for great films.
Today it was reported that HESHER’s name was changed to REBEL. Changing the name of this film is a huge deal. HESHER represents an amalgamation of the angst of every character in the film. He is the essence of all that is dark and misunderstood…the grim reaper, if you will. If you change the name, you lose the essence of what the bold, yet simple title represents.
I just received an email from the man himself, Spencer Susser, to clear up the confusion over the title. Susser was also kind enough to send along a new photo of Levitt as Hesher. Check out Susser’s note and the photo after the break.
Spencer Susser here.
I was horrified to read a posting about the title change for my film “HESHER” to “Rebel”. Actually I spit my breakfast all over my keyboard!
Now that my laptop is working again.. I assure you this is not happening. The film is being released as HESHER, not any other title it’s being sold with overseas.
The film is being released in the U.S. by Newmarket Films, an awesome company that totally gets the film and supports my vision 100%. I’m so excited to be working with them. They have released a few of my favorite films, “Donnie Darko,” “Monster,” and “Memento” to name a few.
Anyway, I’m in the final stages of finishing off a few things I didn’t get to do to the film before Sundance and I’m feeling really good about it. I can’t wait for people to see Joe as Hesher, all I can say is he’s fucking awesome!