Date: Thursday, April 17
Time: 8:00 pm
Place: Tapp’s Art Center
1. What is your connection to the South?
I was born and raised and somewhat educated and still live there. Here.
2. Where did you get your inspiration for this work?
The main character is a part of a longer story I’ve been working on in my head for years. I had made one film earlier in the year that followed her in a sort of in-between chapter from the story. So I wanted to try an actual part of the story in short film form to see how it would work. I had also made a film using the same three actors (that screened Indie Grits last year) and wanted to shuffle their characters around into different life roles and see how they would interact.
3. How did you start making films?
I wanted to make films in college but didn’t have a clue how to get started. So I took up still photography. I always struggled with video cameras, so when DSLR cameras started including video, I was finally confident enough to start shooting shorts and music videos and such.
4. Did anything interesting or funny happen on set during the shooting?
I was sick and medicated and sort of making up the story as we went along. At one point I lost all my thoughts and just asked people who were helping or watching what the characters would do next. I don’t think they thought I was serious, so I had to replay the shoot in my head and decide what was next. Not so much funny, or even interesting, but it confused the hell out of some people who hadn’t worked with me before.
5. What do you look forward to the most during Indie Grits?
I’m excited to see as many other films as possible. Especially Ronnie Gunter’s Lighter, as I was DP on it and still haven’t seen the final cut!
6. Why should someone see your film?
Someone should see Alone if they like slow, improvised, black-and-white films about the conflicting nature of personal interaction.