We had the great privilege to talk to filmmaker Harry Bartle, whose film, Rouler, Sonner, is an official 2016 Indie Grits selected film.
1. What is your connection to the South?
I am originally from New York City, but my mother’s family is from West Texas and I have lived in New Orleans for just about 2 and a half years.
2. What was your muse for this film?
The city itself was a big inspiration: I wrote the script in part as a sort of impetus to explore and discover new spaces and places.
3. What was your first film?
My first real film was called DAVEDREAMER and concerned the story of a young man who struggles to stay awake in an increasingly bizarre mundanity. It played at Indie Grits 2 years ago!
4. Did anything interesting or funny happen on set during the shooting?
Our days were completely crazy. We had to cover 17 locations over the course of a week with fairly limited resources. Maybe the most fun was putting our lead actor Bennett Kirschner on a children’s bike on the side of a pretty serious highway on a very cold February morning, and trailing him with our camera from the back of my buddy’s pickup truck.
5. If you’ve been to Indie Grits before, what’s your favorite memory?
I love the Nickelodeon theater. And great, talented, friendly people abound! Toby Lou’s Weekly Revue is up there too.