Larry Moore on his feature film “Top Models are Deadly” and the upcoming screening at IFFNY

“Top Models are Deadly” directed and produced by Larry Moore, will screen at the prestigious Kaufman Astoria Studios on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at at 5:00PM (34-12 36th St, Astoria, NY 11106). The brilliant cast includes: Elle Anderson, John Malloy, Max Maxwell, Larry Moore.

Larry Moore Headshot

Larry Moore was described by the Memphis Daily News as the last Renaissance man. He is a retired lawyer, who is also a long time business law professor at the University of Memphis. He has acted in many of the movies that have been shot in Memphis, hosted his own TV and radio show for decades, and written magazine and newspaper columns. He says that all lawyers are frustrated writers or actors. “I guess I’m both. Law can be a cutthroat and heartless enterprise, and I have used the arts  as an escape for my soul”.

He has also written several novels, textbooks, and a volume of romantic poetry, but it  is in the active independent movie community of Memphis that he has found an outlet for all of his energy.

Movies have provided an outlet for my impulses to write, act, direct, and interact with interesting people without the confrontation and heartbreak of law, while producing a concrete art object that others can relate and experience.”

His current movie, “Top Models are Deadly” is his fourth movie. He has won awards for each of his past three, two best sound track awards, a best director, and a best picture award. “The best soundtracks are the easiest thanks to all of the really great musicians living and working in Memphis.” The rest is really hard, but fun enjoyable work.”

Meet the Artist: NY Elite Interview with Filmmaker Larry Moore

NY Elite: Congratulations on being an official selection at the prestigious International Filmmaker Festival of New York. What are your thoughts about being accepted at IFFNY 2018 film festival and having your film screen in New York City?

Larry Moore: This is one of the biggest thrills of my movie career. To be chosen as one of the few out of a large pool  of almost 500 films from around the world and is a true honor.

NY Elite: Out of the 500 submissions world-wide, your film was selected as the top 40 for IFFNY. What does this mean for you in terms of representing your country/city at this international film festival?

Larry Moore: I think this movie combines the best of what is good about the US as well as the importance of being a part of the entire world. The movie does reflect the city of Memphis,  yet is a movie of diverse characters from many parts of the world with different backgrounds, but still reflect one people. Given the fact that only 6 feature films was invited to the festival, and only 6 Americas were invited in all categories,  and my movie and I are in those two categories,  it means a lot that we represent the nation,

NY Elite: With what project are you partaking at IFFNY 2018? 

Larry Moore: The Movie is called “Top Models are Deadly”.

NY Elite: Who else is involved in the making of this project? Tell us a little bit more about the story and who is in it.  

Larry Moore: The movie is inspired by the TV detectives of the 1950s. My initial design was to create a story in the style of the numerous Warner Brother detectives of the era, especially “77 Sunset Strip”, but ironically the final form was more in the style of “Peter Gunn”.

The movie is about a private detective hired to guard a former model now a talent agent who is conducting a charity show for a children’s hospital whose life has been threatened.

Larry and Megan in a Top Model scene after the assassination on her life

Larry and Megan in a Top Model scene after the assassination on her life.

NY Elite: What message do you want to convey with this project?

Larry Moore: I call it a movie about intersections, that is how people who are leading parallel lives suddenly have their live suddenly and randomly cross, sometimes for only a moment, but whose effects whether good or bad, is permanent.

NY Elite: The Red Carpet Opening Ceremony and the Awards Gala will take place at the renowned Kaufman Astoria Studios of New York. Do you plan to attend the IFFNY Festival taking place on May 25-29, 2018? What do you want the audience at IFFNY to take away from this film?

Larry Moore: I do plan to attend. I would want the audience to know that in this world of hundred million dollar movies, it is still possible for a small film makers like me with a story, to  still be able to  produce it, and that while  far from perfect it can have meaning and provide inspiration to other artist to produce and not just sit on your dreams or wait until someone else makes it happen.

NY Elite: What makes a film great for you? Are there certain qualities that make a film better for you?

Larry Moore: A great movie for me is one that I can watch and enjoy and not rewrite or reedit every scene.

NY Elite: Top 3 favorite films/projects you have been involved in?’

“Bringing up Baby”, “Jumanji 1”’, and “Tombstone”. I would not have changed one scene or one line. I was able to watch those movies without becoming a writer, director or editor.

Moore at the Memphis Preview of Top Models

Moore at the Memphis Preview of Top Models

NY Elite: What are your career highlights and achievements thus far?

Larry Moore: Studying acting and directing for over two years with Craig Brewer  [“Hustle and Flow”, “Footloose”, “Tarzan”] while he was still a very young man working at  Barnes and Noble, and then later having a role in his ground breaking movie “The Poor and Hungry”. This inspired me to go on and make movies of my own.

NY Elite: Do you express yourself creatively in any other ways?

Larry Moore: I have written two novels, a volume of poetry and a black history game.

NY Elite: What advice would you give to someone who wants to have a career in filmmaking?

Larry Moore: If you get the opportunity to work and study in LA or New York, then by all means go with the best. But if that is not possible or doesn’t work out, then do it where you can, with indy producers, in smaller markets, but don’t sit around and wait for it to happen. If you have those wings, fly somewhere with them.

NY Elite: What’s next for you?

Larry Moore: I’d like to make a movie about  early slavery in America, but that would require a budget way beyond that of a small indy producer.


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