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Exclusive: Erik Bloomquist and Peyton Michelle Edwards Video Interview and Clip For Weekenders


Exclusive: Erik Bloomquist and Peyton Michelle Edwards Video Interview and Clip For Weekenders

Actress-writer Peyton Michelle Edwards and writer-director-producer-actor-editor Erik Bloomquist appear in ShockYa’s exclusive clip from the romantic dramedy, ‘Weekenders.’

Filmmaker Erik Bloomquist and actress Peyton Michelle Edwards’ protagonists are exploring the romantic options they should pursue while pondering their overall futures in the new romantic dramedy, ‘Weekenders.‘ While the characters, James and Harper, are in places in their lives that they feel they should be embracing, they’re actually starting to realize that they want to strive to achieve more goals that will truly satisfy them.

1091 Pictures is releasing ‘Weekenders’ digitally today worldwide. The digital distribution comes after Bloomquist’s production banner, Mainframe Pictures, exclusively debuted the movie in select theaters this past February for Valentine’s Day weekend.

Bloomquist, who’s a two-time New England Emmy Award-winner, wrote, directed, produced, edited and stars in the film. Besides Bloomquist and Edwards, who also contributed to the dramedy’s story, the feature also stars Ehad Berisha and Maggie McMeans.

In ‘Weekenders,’ a scheduling mix-up at an Airbnb brings four twenty-somethings, including James, Harper, Blake (Berisha) and Alison (McMeans), together, each of whom are navigating the open waters of where, how and with whom they’re supposed to live their lives. As the long weekend progresses, the foursome is forced to contemplate their collective baggage, the value of prioritizing connection over convenience and what will happen when they all go home.

In honor of the movie’s digital release, ShockYa is premiering an exclusive clip from the feature, which is titled ‘Gazebo.’ In the clip, James and Harper meet in a gazebo, where he tells her about his plans for the day after she finds his written literary. The duo then contemplates their respective romantic connections, and how they both handle maintaining those bonds. Harper then reveals that she wants to get to know James more, which is a prospective he’s open to exploring.

Also in support of ‘Weekenders’ release, Bloomquist and Edwards generously took the time recently to talk about writing, directing, producing, editing and starring in the dramedy during an exclusive video interview over Zoom. Among other things, the filmmakers discussed why they were inspired to create the story, and how developing the characters together informed the way Bloomquist penned the script. He also mentioned how scribing the screenplay influenced his helming style during the production. The duo also delved into how they worked together, as well as with Berisha and McMeans, to bring their respective characters to the screen as performers.

Watch our exclusive video interview with Bloomquist and Edwards above, and our exclusive clip from ‘Weekenders’ below.

ShockYa's Exclusive Erik Bloomquist and Peyton Michelle Edwards 'Weekenders' Interview
ShockYa's Exclusive Erik Bloomquist and Peyton Michelle Edwards 'Weekenders' Interview

ShockYa's Karen Benardello exclusively interviews writer-director-actor-producer-editor Erik Bloomquist and actress-writer Peyton Michelle Edwards about their romntic dramedy, 'Weekenders.'

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As a life-long fan of entertainment, particularly films, television and music, and an endless passion for writing, Karen Benardello decided to combine the two for a career. She graduated from New York's LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic. While still attending college, Karen began writing for Shockya during the summer of 2007, when she began writing horror movie reviews. Since she began writing for Shockya, Karen has been promoted to the position of Senior Movies & Television Editor. Some of her duties in the position include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, producing posts on celebrity news and contributing reviews on albums and concerts. Some of her highlights include attending such festivals and conventions as the Tribeca Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, SXSW, Toronto After Dark, the Boston Film Festival and New York Comic-Con.

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