We had the pleasure of talking to filmmaker Joshua Rainwater about his upcoming Indie Grits 2016 selected film, Jasmines.
1. What is your connection to the South?
I was born and raised in Florence, SC and have lived in Columbia, SC for the past 7 years. It’s all I know. Quite frankly, it’s all I ever want to know.
2. What was your muse for this film?
My part-time lover, Trey Hobbs. I’ve always been fascinated by space, and last summer while he and his wife were staying with us, we simply decided to make a short.
3. What was your first film?
When I was a little boy, I made a stop motion film out of legos and a DV-Tape camcorder. It was loosely based on Indiana Jones, but the Lego crocodiles I had were given speaking lines.
4. Did anything interesting or funny happen on set during the shooting?
Be it brief, this was the first film I’ve shot with an, ahem, intimate scene. We shot it in my bed with me hovering over Trey & his wife in broad daylight. It was as unnatural as it sounds.
5. If you’ve been to Indie Grits before, what’s your favorite memory?
Duh do I! I did love Indie Grits at the old Main St. Theater. But, then again, you can’t look at IG the past few years and not be overwhelmed with everything the Nick staff does to make it bigger and better. I guess my favorite memory is forthcoming because I know this year is going to be even better than last.