We recently had the pleasure of talking with filmmaker Patrick Bresnan, whose films, The Send Off and The Curse and The Jubilee, are showing at this year’s Indie Grits Festival.
1.What is your connection to the South?
My family lives in Florida, and I have been working with Habitat for Humanity and Mennonite Disaster Service as a volunteer builder in Appalachia and Louisiana for the past 15 years. I have a deep love and respect for the progressive movements in the rural culture of the South and the traditions that have been practices for generations in communities like Pahokee, Florida and Ivanhoe, Virginia.
2. What was your muse for this film?
We were very interested in the ritual of prom day but also the backdrop of the modern sugar plantations that surround the town. The muse has to be the transformation and exhibition of youth and beauty of the kids as they hit MLK Park.
3. What was your first film?
No. We have a feature doc One Big Misunderstanding and a handful of short docs, video art and narrative pieces.
4. Did anything interesting or funny happen on set during the shooting?
There was a previous film documentary shot in Belle Glade just before our shoot called Murder of a Small Town by the famous author James Patterson who lives near by on the Island of Palm Beach. While we were shooting, we were continually assuring people that we were not the James Patterson film crew because the community was so upset with the way his film portrayed them.