Q: Aren’t you guys going back to the Toronto Film Festival this year, with Still Alice?
WESTMORELAND: Yeah, we’re so excited. All you ever hope for is that the movie is going to connect. You put it out there and you want it to be something that people are going to take into their minds and into their hearts. That’s the greatest thing, when you see an audience responding and when people come up to you afterwards. When you feel that feeling in the room, that’s a great feeling. With any film, you never know what’s going to happen, but we’re very excited to go there and find out.
Q: What made you want to tell that story, and what was it like to work with that cast of actors, which includes Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin and Kristen Stewart?
WESTMORELAND: We’ve been extremely lucky, with both films, to have amazing actors respond to the material. In both cases, when you writing, sometimes the ideal people come into mind. Who better to play Errol Flynn, in that period in his life, than Kevin Kline. Who better to play the mom than Susan Sarandon. Dakota Fanning was a dream Beverly. We’re pinching ourselves a little bit that we managed to get such amazing connection between the script and these actors. It’s the same with Still Alice. Working with Julianne Moore, Alec Baldwin and Kristen Stewart was a fantastic experience. These people have incredible skills and talents, and they bring them to the story that you’ve written and make it come alive in this wonderful way. That’s why we’re in the business.