Chris Gervais will be joining us with his film The Gospel of Hip Bones. Here are some questions to let you get to know more about him!
What is your connection to the South?
I was born in Rock Hill, South Carolina, where I lived until a few months ago.
Where did you get your inspiration for this work?
I knew a girl who worked the front desk at a library, frequented by a couple of Mormon brothers in white-collared shirts and ties. One of them clearly had a crush on her and it just got me to thinking about my own adolescence in a conservative family and how I didn’t really understand the reality of relationships and hormones. It’s funny that all you’re really taught in that kind of household is the concept of “true love,” and it’s more likely that true lust is the first real impulse you’ll deal with. You end up assuming it’s true love and hilarity ensues.
How did you start making films?
On whatever camera was available, which was like family video cameras and editing with a VCR or just with the record button. I was mystified by how far off it looked from Jurassic Park and there was nothing I could do to make it look like a real movie at the time. It took me years to understand that there was just as big of a gap between the way I was writing stories and the way the stories in my favorite movies were written.
Did anything interesting or funny happen on set during the shooting?
Absolutely! Everything went really, really well. There were no unexpected issues. Anyone who works on movies knows that means you’ve slipped into an alternate dimension and The Langoliers are coming for you. Luckily we got pushed out of a parking lot scene by some overflow from a YMCA swim meet and had to come back the next morning, setting us right and instantly transporting us to our native dimension.
What do you look forward to the most during Indie Grits?
Definitely seeing other filmmakers’ work and getting to hang out with them and have beverages and maybe like a couple cheese cubes or something.
Why should someone see your film?
They should watch this short because everyone in it does an amazing job and they’re hilarious. Also, it’s shot by Bernardo Marentes and, holy moly, that fellow knows how to make images that melt your heart. Truly, this was a shoot where EVERY single person on the crew was fantastic to be around and great at their task. I think it comes out in the finished product.