Dustin Ferguson – May 10; 2021
He is the filmmaker of The Woman In The Room Dollar Baby film.
SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?
Dustin Ferguson: I’ve been filmmaking for 15 years and am currently fulltime. I’ve directed 110 feature films, nearly 100 music videos and several short films and TV shows. I was born in Kansas, raised in Nebraska and now reside outside Los Angeles in California. My Director alias is “Dark Infinity”.
SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become a filmmaker?
Dustin Ferguson: At a very young age. In 5th grade, I wrote my first “script”, it was only 2 pages long haha, for a “Child’s Play 4”.
SKSM: When did you make The woman in the room? Can you tell me a little about the production? How much did it cost? How long did it take to film it?
Dustin Ferguson: We filmed it at the end of 2020 and early 2021. It was 3 total days. I spent about $1000 USD to make it. We filmed at a studio in Sylmar,CA for the Hospital Scene, my Manager’s Office in Panorama City, CA for the Doctor’s Office and my Condo in Murrieta, CA for the “home” scenes.
SKSM: How come you picked The woman in the room to develop into a movie? What is it in the story that you like so much?
Dustin Ferguson: I actually wanted to originally do “The Boogeyman” but that wasn’t available at the time, so I went for something more challenging, a “drama”, which I don’t usually do. I like to push myself to try new things and grow as a filmmaker.
SKSM: How did you find out that King sold the movie rights to some of his stories for just $1? Was it just a wild guess or did you know it before you sent him the check?
Dustin Ferguson: I heard nearly two decades ago he was doing this and about a year ago decided to investigate online and see if it was still active, and sure enough it was. I’m not a “film student”, who are the usual people to go through this program, but got special permission simply as a big fan, despite being an established filmmaker already.
SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when you made the movie that you would like to tell me about?
Dustin Ferguson: Working with Sally Kirkland was amazing. She’s a true artist, and very skilled as an Actress. She brought so much to the screen that was priceless.
SKSM: How does it feel that all the King fans out there can’t see your movie? Do you think that will change in the future? Maybe a internet/dvd release would be possible?
Dustin Ferguson: I hold out hopes of an eventual physical release from Stephen King. It’s happened before (with “The Woman In The Room”), so my fingers are crossed for it to happen again with mine!
SKSM: What “good or bad” reviews have you received on your film?
Dustin Ferguson: Everything has been very favorable so far, most people praising Sally’s performance, rightfully so. People have said it’s nice to see me tackle something different, that is was refreshing.
SKSM: Do you plan to screen the movie at a particular festival?
Dustin Ferguson: It won the “Betsy Palmer” Award already for Best Female Performance at the Without Your Head Easter Egg Fest and also recently screened at the Online Stephen King Rules Fest also.
SKSM: Are you a Stephen King fan? If so, which are your favorite works and adaptations?
Dustin Ferguson: Yes, I was born in 1982, so I grew up in the era of many King adaptions on film. Some of my favorites are Children of The Corn, Maximum Overdrive, Creepshow 2 and The Shining.
SKSM: Did you have any personal contact with King during the making of the movie? Has he seen it (and if so, what did he think about it)?
Dustin Ferguson: I was provided his mailing address to send a DVD of it to, which I did promptly, but have yet to hear anything back.
SKSM: Do you have any plans for making more movies based on Stephen King’s stories? If you could pick -at least- one story to shoot, which one would it be and why?
Dustin Ferguson: If I was officially hired to do one, of course! Creepshow has been made into an excellent series on Shudder, I would love to be involved in that or maybe remake Maximum Overdrive.
SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?
SKSM: What one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
Dustin Ferguson: That I’m a Rapper. Most people who know me already know that, but new people are always surprised. I’m “MC Dirty D”.
SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?
Dustin Ferguson: Thanks for showing interest in my work! Support means everything to me!
SKSM: Would you like to add anything else?
Dustin Ferguson: Check out my DVD Store for lots of my films: