Actor Michael Biehn will always have a soft spot in movie ‘fanboys’ hearts for his iconic roles in the 1980’s classics “Aliens”, “The Abyss,” and “The Terminator.” While in Austin, Texas filming “Grindhouse” with Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino, Biehn saw a kid in a coffee shop reading Rodriguez’s book “Rebel without a Crew.” The book became an inspiration to hundreds of thousands of creatives for its ‘do it yourself’ focus and at that moment Biehn thought maybe he would give directing a try. For years friends and associates like James Cameron had told him he had a directors instinct, so with the idea in place to direct a movie, Biehn set about starting a new production company with his partner, talented actress Jennifer Blanc-Biehn.
Their first endeavor titled “The Victim” recently hit the big screens in New York and Los Angeles and is a pure, unadulterated grindhouse force of nature. The film which also stars Danielle Harris and Denny Kirkwood, both of which bring dedicated fan bases to the films core audience, have been showing up at special screenings throughout the country and fans have responded, bringing impressive pre-sales to the “The Victim’s” new Blu-Ray/DVD release.
Currently the Blanc-Biehn production company is putting the finishing touches on “Treachery” directed by Travis Romero (White Collar) and is in various pre-development on five additional pictures. Michael is the executive producer and has the final creative say, while Jennifer is more a hands-on producer with the company. She also continues to be a successful actress for other producers and directors, but with Blanc-Biehn Productions she takes great pleasure in having the ability to create roles for herself and for Michael.
The most important element to Blanc-Biehn Productions for Michael is that they can decide whether they want to do something or not do it and that they make all the decisions plus work on tight budgets that allow them creative autonomy. Biehn has been working as an actor for 35 years and has seen time and again creatives try to make a movie as good as possible, but get tripped up in the process. He’s seen firsthand how creatives running the show sometimes don’t listen to their collaborators (be it producers, writers, actors, directors.) Therefore it’s nice for Biehn to wear all the hats on “The Victim,” even though the experience was like running a marathon, especially when you write, direct and star in a feature and shoot the whole thing in twelve days.
“The Victim” is a good example of the type of movie Michael and Jennifer want to do and continue to make. When they agree on a deal with investors, it is vitally important that the pictures are commercial so everyone’s expectations can be exceeded.