Phoenix Film Festival: Thomas Beatty and Rebecca Fishman talk ‘Teddy Bears’

Writer/director Thomas Beatty and co-director Rebecca Fishman recently spoke with “Breakthrough Entertainment” about their new dramedy “Teddy Bears.”

In “Teddy Bears” – which screens 5:15 p.m. Friday, April 4, 11:15 a.m. Saturday, April 5 and 2:15 p.m. Sunday, April 6 at Harkins Scottsdale 101 as part of the 14th Annual Phoenix Film Festival – Gillian Jacobs, Zachary Knighton, Melanie Lynskey, Ahna O’Reilly and Jason Ritter play people who head to the desert to help their friend (David Krumholtz) heal from the loss of his mother.

Listen to “Breakthrough Entertainment’s” full interview with Beatty and Fishman by clicking HERE. The following is an excerpt from the interview in which they discuss the inspiration behind “Teddy Bears.”

[David Krumholtz’s character] has had a very bad year and he is obviously not in a very good place. He invites his friends out to the desert because, in his mind, he has decided that the thing that is going to heal him is for all of his best friends’ girlfriends to have sex with him at the same time.” – Thomas Beatty

It is semi-based in reality. Thomas and I are married. We were not married at the time that he wrote [the script]. We had kind of gone through a really difficult time in our relationship and, although Thomas did not ask all of my girlfriends to sleep with him, we did go out with our friends to the same house that is in the movie … and it was during this dark time that we were out there and Thomas got the idea to write this movie.” – Rebecca Fishman

I had a thought that was not dissimilar to the thought that [David Krumholtz’s character] has. I had this thought that everything would be better if everyone would just take care of me in this very basic way. I was so blown away that I had this thought. I genuinely thought that. It wasn’t a joke. My brain said to me that this is what we should do … and I was just lying in bed laughing about that. And that was the springboard for this movie.” – Thomas Beatty

Joseph J. Airdo

Joseph J. Airdo is a film critic, producer and on-air personality for Breakthrough Entertainment, a talk radio show airing 10-11 a.m. Saturdays on KPHX 1480 AM and that shines a spotlight on the practical perspectives of the topics and themes explored in movies. He has a pet duck named Frozen who is as opinionated about movies as he is. E-mail him at [email protected].

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