Marianna Palka's original love story, Good Dick, was turning heads at last years Sundance film festival. It wasn't because the film is a touching expose of one woman's relationship struggles, but because the Scottish artist wrote, directed, produced, and acted in the film! Good Dick is an romantic comedy about a troubled, reclusive young woman; who rents erotic DVDs and the persistent video clerk who draws her out of her claustrophobic world by starting up a unique courtship with her. The film follows the young man on his pursuit of the lonely, troubled woman set in present day Los Angeles. As they become closer, her sexual antipathy is met with his unflinching optimism, until finally her aggressive defenses overwhelm them both and the relationship bursts apart. Profoundly affected by his presence in her life, she finds that she has the courage to face her dark past. It was a something of a dream come true to be able to speak to Marianna, who took some time out to talk to The405 about her first ever film! Check It Out! What is it that has drawn you toward film making? From whom or from where do you draw your inspiration? Great question, I think everyone who likes film has a unique  answer for such a question. I watched so many films as a child. My parents were very supportive of the arts in general. I went to plays when I was very little and I will always be grateful to my parents for taking me and explaining that I had to sit quietly because something very special was about to happen. My family did not have a TV and my elder sister and I would watch Polish films, foreign language films, anything my parents had on the VHS shelf. I was very aware of the glory photography can deem on an average day. My mum, Basia Palka (is a poet, you should google her) took so many beautiful pictures of us as children with her Nikon camera. I understood the ritual of photography thanks to my mum, the grace of light, our ability as humans to imprint feeling on film. My mum is an artist so I was very influenced by her. I always new I was going to live an artistic life, and that is what I have been doing so far. I don't mean to sound lofty, I think you can be an artistic mum, an artistic plumber, an artistic lawyer. I think art has to do with kindness and enthusiasm for life; being giving. I speak about it in these terms a lot. That it is a process and a journey and that all of us can do it and share it and hopefully use it in a way that leaves a postive remnant. Hope is vital, in these times especially. I read Anne Bogart a lot and she is very inspiring. I read her books and her blog. One of the things she is adamant about is that we must all begin work now, we must not wait for "the perfect" set of circumstances or "the right people" The people around us now are the right people. The circumstances are right, right now. So I wish whoever is reading this all the best in their endevours. Let's make the world better together. As both the writer, director and producer of Good Dick, what was your reasoning for deciding to also place yourself under the "spotlight" of  the film as well? Were you apprehensive that actors would be unable to successfully portray the visions you had for your character? There was no decision that I made regarding that. What I mean is, there was never options in terms of casting. I wrote all the parts for people I knew, including myself. The decision came to direct it, there was a decision I made then. I realized I should just direct it, I had written it, I knew how I wanted it to be directed. Where did the idea for Good Dick come from? What is the meaning behind the title of the film? The film is about good dick, literally. About what it can be, the idea was to write a film about the healing force of love and sex. I wanted to write a film about real characters with real problems. Who overcome something genuinely difficult. I wanted to see true intimacy in a film and original thought. I wanted it to say that romance is actually romantic. When a man goes the distance for a woman that is exciting to watch and when she goes the distance for him in return it means they're growing and vice versa. A sketch of growth and a lot of bravery was the seed that wrote itself into the final script. I asked myself, "What does it take for a person who has been abused to suddenly love? What does it take for a closed person to become open? What does radical healing look like?" Years ago I heard a statistic that one in three women are sexually abused in some way before they turn 18. This floored me and I wanted to make a film in response to my shock. That is too many women, a third is too many, a sixteenth would be to many. And what does this say about us? You? Me? Us as a society, a culture? What does it say about the way we are raising our sons? What is a good man? What is a good woman?" There is an organization www.mencanstoprape.org and they are successful and brilliant. Check them out. Someone at Sundance said to me, "Good Dick?! That's an oxymoron!" And I said, "No! It's not!" Sex is a healing force, and good sex exists, it is just not what is perpetuated in the main stream as "sexy." I think the work of educating yourself about sex is important. As Obama said in one of the debates, "Sex is sacred"Gloria Steinem has a quote about the difference between porn and erotica being like the difference between rape and love. I've met many grown men and women who had no idea what the clitoris is or where it was. That was inspiration enough to begin a discussion about what is positive about sex. Was it always your intention to give the film a rather dark and sexually sensitive theme or was this just a case of natural progression during the writing process? It was a natural progression. Do you think Good Dick could have worked as a quirky comedy without the underlying issues/message? Probably any subject can work as a quirk comedy without a message but that don't mean anyone should make it. I mean what is any film without a message? Legally Blond had a message, that's a great film. George of The Jungle had a message. I think saying something vital is important. Leaving the world better than you found it is a perfect thing to do with your life, with your day. If you are lucky enough to be in a country that enables you to be a filmmaker, to have a voice, you must use that voice for the greater good. How long did the film take to make? What was your first experience in making a feature like? Did you learn anything that you didn't think you would?  Is there anything now, looking back, that you wish you'd done any differently? I am excited to say that Good Dick was shot in 17 days in Los Angeles. I wouldn't change a thing, it was magical and miraculous. What was it like to be the youngest director to screen at Sundance last year? It was fun and an honor. The festival is incredible and they was every film that is submitted. They work so hard and do their jobs so well. It is a wonderful collection of people who are working with the greatest intentions and enhancing the film community as we know it. The opening song to the film is by a band called Hello Stranger. How did you go about choosing this song? Are you a fan of the band yourself? Hello Stranger, yes and yes. Jared Nelson Smith was in that band and I asked him to compose the entire film, which he did supremely well. All of the music in the film is by Jared, including the erotica music and the porn music that is heard in the background. What was the last film that you watched? Beyond The Call by Adrian Belic it is a fantastic documentary by a genius. www.beyondthecall.com What's next? Where do you see yourself in 5 years time, in regards to your work, new projects and any other personal aspirations that you have in life? I have aspirations for our planet and for my friends and my neice. I know that through making ourselves carbon neutral, which we can each do, we'll help out the planet a great deal in these next few years. I think we may be running out of time if we don't work together and take this seriously. Jason Ritter's mom Nancy Morgan Ritter is working a great deal with Conservation International and I am so excited by this. Their really holding on to what we have left in terms of eco systems. I think you'd really dig their website. Nancy is a ray of sunshine and a piston and I am so glad she's on the planet doing the work that she does. I plan to return to Africa and see my pal Mitch Besser, whose work through and organization called mothers to mothers is educating women with aids, their communities about  how to not pass the virus on to their babies! Thank you so much! Mxxxxxx Good Dick is now available to buy everywhere. - Aaron Hunt