Published On: Tue, Jun 21st, 2022

INTERVIEW: Rahul Kohli, Katie Parker, and Mali Elfman Break Down ‘Next Exit’

Rahul Kohli and Katie Parker in Next Exit

The Tribeca Film Festival is wrapping up, and we got to speak to the incredible cast and creatives behind the film Next Exit for its New York premiere. The film gives us a look into a world where ghosts are part of the world just in the same way we are, and being able to talk to your loved ones has normalized death in a way that has some unexpected ramifications. (A word of warning for those who may want to watch: The movie’s plot heavily involves suicide.)

Getting to speak with director and writer Mali Elfman, she talked a bit about what pushed her to tell this story. “I think it was always the characters that I was drawn to and that spoke to me,” Elfman said when I asked why this story. “And when I was writing they told me what they wanted to do. But in terms of the concept, it was, especially at the top of COVID, you see one thing change in the world and then you see this ripple effect of what happens. And so for me, wanting to take that into the afterlife and seeing, ‘okay, well, everybody has their beliefs and has their ideas of what happens when you die. What if we just take that away? How does that affect everybody?’ And that was a really interesting case study. And then two people who the world has not been kind to them, and they’ve been struggling through putting them into that and then seeing what they do.”

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