Lord Finn is my feature directing debut, made all the more meaningful by the fact that it’s from my first original feature screenplay. To describe it…imagine unscrewing the end of a kaleidoscope (or chopping it off, if you’re like me) to examine the colorful pieces up close. That’s the story of Lord Finn, a piece borne of desperation. A need to, for whatever reason, wallow in a soup made with ingredients often hard to swallow, and certainly always difficult to keep down, such as: mental illness, substance abuse, childhood trauma, denial.
But the tale is about good things, too: loyalty, friendships, and forgiveness.
It occurs to me that everything I (maybe) know about love is contained in this story. Lord Finn means a lot of things. Or perhaps it doesn’t mean anything, though I hope that the pieces–now back in the kaleidoscope–coalesce to form some measure of beauty.
-Al Mertens, Writer/Director, Lord Finn