We recently had the pleasure of talking with filmmaker Will Davis, whose film, Blood Letting – Blood Warrior, is showing at this year’s Indie Grits Festival.
1. What is your connection to the South?
I grew up in the foothills of North Carolina in Wilkes County, and have always lived in the South, with families coming from North Carolina and Georgia.
2. What was your muse for this film?
This film was made as a death poem to the hidden worlds of the South. It was filmed over three and a half nights in my home and surrounding counties. I wanted death to be delivered in the story like a fading myth, where all that remains are water-logged and fire-burnt visual remnants.
3. What was your first film?
Hasselhoff, which was the first in a trilogy featuring the David Hasselhoff Night Rider, Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, Greg “The Hammer” Valentine and Tiny Bocephus action figures riding around in a Bigfoot Monster Truck with a Michael Jackson Thriller sticker on it drinking Schlitz tallboys.
4. Did anything interesting or funny happen on set during the shooting?
We burned down five buildings, killed a pig, one person got Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and another got Lyme Disease.