Date: Wednesday, April 16
Time: 8:00 pm
Place: Nickelodeon Theatre
1. What is your connection to the South?
I’m from Birmingham, Alabama and all of my family is still there. I’m in Birmingham quite a bit during the year and being a southerner is a big part of my identity.
2. Where did you get your inspiration for this work?
From lots of places: growing up in Birmingham I did community theatre, and it was a lifesaver for me. As far as the film itself, I looked at lots of other docs as models, including the Hegedus/Pennebaker films that follow performances of some kind, such as “Moon Over Broadway”, and of course “Waiting for Guffman.” In some ways we were out to both celebrate and refute the “Waiting for Guffman” idea of community theatre.
3. How did you start making films?
I was an actor for many years and produced theatre and wrote as well. I wanted to make a film about Ronald Dominique, a serial killer in South Louisiana that I felt was being underreported. I asked my friend Alix Lambert, an experienced filmmaker, to work on it with me, and she did. The film, “Bayou Blue”, premiered in 2011 and is very, very, very different from “Skanks.”
4. Did anything interesting or funny happen on set during the shooting?
Every day was a joy and a riot. This was the funniest group of people that I’ve ever been around, and it was hard to keep it together during the shoot. I was also very moved by the individual stories, and awed at the way the group came together to form a community theatre, in the truest sense of the word.
5. What do you look forward to the most during Indie Grits?
I’ll be thrilled to be in Columbia. This will be the debut for the film in the South and I’m so pumped for southern audiences to see it. I think they will relate to the film in a way that perhaps people in other regions of the country can’t.
6. Why should someone see your film?
To see Chuck Duck in action. And because these “skanks” are extremely funny and surprisingly moving.