Variety reports on Colfer and other TV stars who are branching out into film careers with movies featured at Tribeca.
Colfer's rise from obscurity to a starring role on "Glee" happened quickly, but his transition to features wasn't quite as easy.
"A lot of what I was offered was very similar to what I've already been doing on 'Glee,' and was almost the opposite of what I wanted ("Struck by Lightning") to be -- an inspirational, motivational film."
He wrote "Lightning" as a therapeutic way to vent about his high school experience, he says. Taking the reins as executive producer, Colfer shot the project during "Glee's" hiatus. The 22 year old says his writing projects came from ideas developed in high school and earlier, including a Disney TV pilot based on a children's book he penned, and the concept for a suspense thriller he recently scripted and hopes to exec produce and star in this summer.
"Every person has a shelf life, whether they choose to accept it or not," Colfer says, "and I have a lot of things I'd like to do before mine expires."
Chris sat down with reporters to give this Tribeca Film Festival Interview.
Notable Chris Colfer quote:
Many films targeted toward the teen audience these days are all about partying and promiscuity. I wanted to tell a story about a teen with aspirations, whose energy and focus is all dedicated to his life after high school, and not the typical quest for popularity. Carson isn’t after anyone’s approval, and not an ounce of him is living in the present; he’s all about setting himself up for the future.
"Struck by Lightning" is one of Five Films to See at the Tribeca Film Festival
according to "New, Now, Next."
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