Five Questions With Filmmaker John Duffy

The Flag Poster WebJohn Duffy is a veteran Producer / Line Producer of numerous feature films, television and commercials. John recently directed and line produced two short films “The Flag” and “The Flag Documentary”. The narrative short has been accepted by the GI Film Festival and plans to air on the Pentagon Channel. John also just recently Co-Produced the feature film “The Sunday Horse” directed by Vic Armstrong and starring Nikki Reed. He also Co-Produced a short film “Mercy” that was Music Artist Robin Thicke’s directorial debut. John is also an Adjunct Professor at John Paul the Great Catholic University and teaches Film Production classes to students in the MBA program John also line produced the TV movie “The Wonder Girls” that aired on Teen Nick, “The Ghastly Love of Johnny X” which just premiered at the Cinequest Film Festival and “Beneath the Darkness” with Dennis Quaid which opened in theaters in January. Prior to that he line produced the Mixed Martial Arts film “Blood & Bone” with Michael Jai White. He also line produced three feature horror films for the late Steven J. Cannell including: Demon Hunter starring Sean Patrick Flanery and Colleen Porch, The Garden starring Lance Henriksen and Sean Young, and Left in Darkness. He has also line produced a series of training videos for the United States Marine Corp. (USMC) and line produced two 3D commercials for Coke. John Co-Founded a non-profit “Vet’s on Set” to help military vets obtain work in the film and television industries. He has been active in veteran support activities. (IMBD)

Duffy’s film, The Flag, will be at the 2015 GI Film Festival.

Where are you from and what is your film background?

I am from the South Bronx first generation American of Irish immigrant parents.

I started out in the business as an Actor in NYC in Theater and Film. I have Produced and Line Produced over 30 Films including training films for the USMC. This is my 1st film as a Director.

Who are your biggest influences in film and why?

I’m most influenced by movies based on true stories and that are inspiring like “The Blind Side”.

What was the hardest part about getting this film made?

It was a real no-budget project that we came to call not only a passion project but also a compassion project.

What made it possible was all the volunteer efforts of cast and crew many of them military veterans from the LA Film School

What do you want viewers to take away with them after watching your film?

A respect for the America Flag and willingness to and recognize honor those who sacrificed, served and those who lost their lives and their health fighting for our country, freedom and the American Flag that is a symbol of that freedom.

What is a fun fact about you that would surprise people?

I have Fire-walked across hot coals a dozen times.

The Flag directed by John Duffy is playing at Angelika on May 23, 2015. Click here for tickets.