He is the filmmaker of All That You Love Will be Carried Away Dollar Baby film.
SKSM: Could you start with telling me a little bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?
Michael Lamberti: Hello, my name is Michael Lamberti, I am a full sail university student studying film production. I am also a recent graduate from Bloomsburg University with a bachelor of liberal arts. I am an actor, costume designer, filmmaker and videographer.
SKSM: When did you know you wanted to become a filmmaker?
Michael Lamberti: Ever sense I was born! My mom introduced me to Star Wars, Jurrassic Park, Terminator and Alien. Ever sense then I always wanted to make films and make it my career.
SKSM: When did you make All That You Love Will be Carried Away? Can you tell me a little about the production? How much did it cost? How long did it take to film it?
Michael Lamberti: It was scary at first. Because I got the rights around August of 2019 and we were supposed to film in March of 2020. But right around we were supposed to film for this short, COVID – 19 happened and everyone was stuck at home. So if COVID never happened I would say it took five months to work on this. But sense COVID is still a thing it took us a year to get this film finished.
SKSM: How come you picked All that you love will be carried away to develop into a movie? What is it in the story that you like so much?
Michael Lamberti: I actually looked at the logline of the stories before I decided to work on this one. It fascinated me so much and I always wanted to make films not only a enjoyable experience but also an educational experience. For myself and other about certain subjects. Mental health and Mental Illness is such a very sensitive subject to talk about. I want to have the conversation about mental health so everyone doesn’t rely on stigmas anymore. The more educated we are the better.
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?
Michael Lamberti: OKAY! SO! I was interning for Sky Media in London in the Summer of 2019. I did research for a video called 101 facts about Stephen King by 101 facts. Then I stumbled onto a fact I wasn’t expecting and it was the dollar baby film festival. I was blown away and didn’t think it was real. So I did a fact check and sure enough it was real.
SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when you made the movie that you would like to tell me about?
Michael Lamberti: Jim Kelly who plays Alfie Zimmer. His hair is so long everyone thought I got Tommy Wiseau to do the movie. There were so many jokes on set and online. It was beautiful. We also making a behind the scene documentary on everyone’s experience on the film.
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 an internet/dvd release would be possible?
Michael Lamberti: The film will be released in March 6th, 2021 and it’s only playing at festivals.
SKSM: What “good or bad” reviews have you received on your film?
Michael Lamberti: So far I have gotten good feedback on this film. But we shall see when the film is released!
SKSM: Do you plan to screen the movie at a particular festival?
Michael Lamberti: I do plan on submitting this to numerous film festivals that are aren’t nonprofit or a third party. I gotta do some research first! But yes do expect to see this film at more film festivals.
SKSM: Are you a Stephen King fan? If so, which are your favorite works and adaptations?
Michael Lamberti: YEP! My mom got me into Mr. King’s work. The first film I watched Christine, then it was Storm of the Century, later on was The Shining. My all time favourite is The Mist. Especially the ending of that film completely blew me away.
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)?
Michael Lamberti: I haven’t yet, only his assistant who has be incredible during the pandemic. I would love to talk to him about All That You Love Will Be Carried Away.
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?
Michael Lamberti: I do want to make another one! This film was a lot of fun to work on and it inspired me to keep making films!
SKSM: What are you working on nowadays?
Michael Lamberti: I am currently working on two original screen plays that I want to produce! One of called The Night Shift a horror thriller and the second one is called Bloody Therapy a Horror Comedy.
I will be acting in a short film by NightlyBoi Cinema titled Reevena’s Revenge.
Including working on numerous short films with the film department at Full Sail University!
Also I want to start applying to acting agencies sense I have been doing acting for twelve years and have a reel ready to go. I might as well start applying!
SKSM: What one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
Michael Lamberti: I actually have a learning disability and aspergers. This film has challenged me so much because communication and social skills is a must in this industry. Doing this film made me so proud that I was able to grow and adapt to any situation that was thrown at me. Because throughout my college education I usually got you can’t do this you’re not good enough! Or you lack the education to pull this project off. But I am happy to say if you are willing to do the work you can prove a lot of people wrong!
SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything you want to say to the fans that read this interview?
Michael Lamberti: No Problem! If I have to say anything I would mention that this overall process was very risky. We filmed this during the pandemic. I was ready to stop production for the safety of others but I asked everyone if they still wanted to do this. Everyone said yeah let’s do it. So without the cast and crew this film wouldn’t exist today without their help. To my cast and crew thank you so much! You guys are amazing.
Also to the people that watched the film, I do want to mention you will fail a lot but you will learn a lot as you continue on this journey. No one is a perfectionist on their first try! Make movies, skits, volunteer to help your friends with projects, challenge yourself! You will be shocked where it can take you when you take first step.
SKSM: Would you like to add anything else?
Michael Lamberti: If you want to follow me and my artistic journey. Please consider following my Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube Channel for more content. I do have a podcast called the Mike’s One Mics Podcast. We talk about tv, movie, video games and theater! So, if that interests you please consider following us!