The Pickle Recipe – Interview with Director Michael Manasseri

"Desperate for cash, a down on his luck party emcee is corrupted by his shameless uncle to steal his grandmother's top secret pickle recipe."

Click through for my interview with actor turned filmmaker Michael Manasseri.


The Pickle Recipe's Full Synopsis from their website.

Joey Miller is the undisputed king of Detroit party MC's. He's also a single father and deeply in debt. To make matters worse, during his latest, one-of-a-kind wedding performances, all his prized sound equipment gets destroyed in a freak accident. To add insult to injury, his daughter Julie's Bat-Mitzvah is only weeks away and she's counting on him to MC her party. After exhausting all of his options, he turns to his shady Uncle Morty, who agrees to give him the needed money to get back into business. But only under one condition. Joey must go and steal his grandmother Rose's most prized possession: her famous top secret dill pickle recipe. And it's a recipe which she has vowed to take to her grave.

Here is our interview w/ Director Michael Manasseri:

Michael and I started our chat by discussing a point he makes in his director's statement –

"The Pickle Recipe is a heartwarming family comedy. But the recipe is really a metaphor for life. One of our characters talks about how the people in our lives are the ingredients that make us who we are. When something like a recipe is passed down from one generation to the next, it helps us remember people and places, those special moments that are dear to our hearts… and our stomachs!"

Michael talked about the real life inspiration of the story came from writers/producers Sheldon Cohn and Gary Wolfson.

Actress Lynn Cohen did have one request to do the film and it gets to the heart of family.

The editing and music in the film are also two quality elements that really enhanced the movie.  Michael gives the background story into how he got his editor and music supervisor.

The film takes place in Detroit which also is where Michael and his family live.  Most of Michael's crew is Detroit or Michigan based and that included his DP Geoff George.  I asked for the background on Michael's Detroit team.

Michael expanded on the Michigan film scene and in particular the way Detroit has been transformed over the last few years.

For more information on this treat of a film please go, here.


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