We recently had the pleasure of sitting down with filmmaker Remington Smith, whose film, Rubbertown, is showing in this years festival.
1. What is your connection to the South?
Even though my extended family is from out West (Oregon, Utah, or California), my mom’s wanderlust has led me to living in different parts of the South for over 14 years. I’m living in Atlanta, Georgia right now, but I lived in Louisville, Kentucky for 10 years, so that’s what I consider home.
2. What was your muse for this film?
Rubbertown focuses on an area of Louisville, KY facing dire environmental hazards. So my interests in history, social justice and filmmaking pushed me into making this feature documentary. It’s also a good compliment to my personality. My fiction work represents the extrovert part of me, planning this huge operation with a ton of people. And then with my documentary work like Rubbertown, it’s just me and a camera going to explore the world, chat with strangers I meet. So the documentary work reflects more of my introverted, introspective side of my life.
3. What was your first film?
My first film is called “Neighborhood Watch.” It’s a 20-min horror comedy about a bunch of guys who act as zombie containment for the neighborhood after the military swept through. I borrowed a friends DV camcorder, rented a shotgun microphone from a music shop, and filmed the whole thing in night vision mode. Even though it wasn’t shot HD and I was only editing on Windows Moviemaker (which they don’t even offer anymore), the basics are still the same: write, plan, be creative and have fun.
4. Did anything interesting or funny happen on set during the shooting?
I think the most interesting or funny parts of shooting ended up in the film. The whole interaction with the cops and the discovery of the man on the landfill, all of those things I was fortunate to capture.
5. If you’ve been to Indie Grits before, what’s your favorite memory?
I haven’t been, but I’m looking forward to making some.