Date: Wednesday, April 16
Time: 8 pm
Place: Tapps Art Center
1. What is your connection to the South?
-I moved to Columbia from Wilmington, NC in about 1999 I believe, and lived there until a few years ago when I moved to Charleston to continue to make films with Lunch & Recess. I’ve been able to call South Carolina my home for about 15 years or so.
2.Where did you get your inspiration for this work?
-Larry has been a close friend of mine for quite a few years now, and is one of the most inspiring people I know. He’s been selflessly doing things for the Columbia skateboarding community for years and has had a major impact on every generation that has come after him. When I saw the beautiful things he was making out of wood I wanted to document the process, as well as tell a little bit of his story.
3. How did you start making films?
-I never really aspired to be a filmmaker, I think I just sort of fell into it. I started skateboarding around age 8, and probably about 3 years later I discovered my dad’s old Hi-8 camera. I started taking it out and my friends and I would just film each other skating around the city, and I suppose it just progressed from there.
4. Did anything interesting or funny happen on set during the shooting?
-There were definitely plenty of laughs and goofing off. My favorite pieces are the ones I make about friends and people who are close to me. It’s hard to even think about the weekend we shot this as a “shoot” because although we did work hard, in the end we just hung out and talked about things we were both passionate about. I definitely have fond memories from the experience.
5. What do you look forward to the most during Indie Grits?
-Indie Grits’ level of awesomeness skyrockets every year. Everything I’ve seen so far from the promos to the poster is really great. I’m excited to see what people have made, both from out of town and from within South Carolina. I always get really excited to see what my peers are creating. Also, Fk Mt. opening up for Of Montreal!? Epic.
6. Why should someone see your film?
-The major theme of the film is how skateboarding has affected everything in Larry’s life, whether directly related or not. To those of us who have grown up skateboarding, it’s not a sport or a hobby. It’s something unexplainable that changes who we all are as people. It’s a hard feeling to explain or display, but this film is an effort to offer a perspective that few outside of skateboarding will ever experience.