Christopher Bickel is the director behind Teenage Caligula, the Trailer as well as the curator of the Nickelodeon Theater’s Lowbrow Cinema Explosion. The campy, imaginary cult classic may not exist, but the trailer will do more than enough to satisfy your itch for a grindhouse style film. Read more about Christopher Bickel and his work below.
What is your connection to the South?
I’ve lived in the South my entire life. Columbia, specifically, since 1991.
Where did you get your inspiration for this work?
TEENAGE CALIGULA TRAILER was done solely as an exercise to gear up for the feature I’m in the process of editing now, THE THETA GIRL. The “fake trailer” for “our second film” was made for $150 and done to test our gear as well as our actors and crew that we’d be using on THE THETA GIRL. It was inspired by ’70s exploitation films, particularly the films of Jack Hill. It’s the first thing I’ve ever directed and edited, and all of my filmmaker friends stressed to me the importance of doing a short before doing a feature — hence TEENAGE CALIGULA.
How did you start making films?
I’ve never made a film prior to doing this short, which was filmed last October.
Did anything interesting or funny happen on set during the shooting?
As this was done as a learning experience, everything on set was a revelation — the most crucial of which was the revelation that movie making is hard work and you’re only as good as your team.
What do you look forward to the most during Indie Grits?
I’m looking forward to seeing all of the other local talent.
Why should someone see your film?
Why should anyone watch my film? I suppose it’s interesting to see an actual very first effort, and I think as an exercise it’s actually pretty entertaining.