Title: Mipso in Japan
Date: Saturday, April 19
Time: 2 pm
Place: Tapps Art Center
1. What is your connection to the South?
My father moved our family to North Carolina when I was young. He’s Indian, and we were living in Australia. He was pretty proud to finally be in the “American South”. He put James Taylor’s “Carolina in my Mind” as our answering machine message. Nobody actually knew what house they had reached when they called us during our first 4 years in the States.
2. Where did you get your inspiration for this work?
Documentary film gets you into some pretty uncomfortable situations. I’m a big fan of these. The more comfortable I become with discomfort, the more I feel like I’m growing.
You also get to meet some pretty fascinating people. With this specific project I knew the Mipso boys would be fun to travel with and that was enough inspiration for me.
3. How did you start making films?
Just playing around. Honestly though, I don’t feel like I’ve really started. Still feels like playing around.
4. Did anything interesting or funny happen on set during the shooting?
We met so many interesting people. The Japanese bluegrass community was so kind and welcoming to us, and each group in it was so unique. There was one banjo player, everyone called him “crazy man”. Anytime he got excited, for whatever reason, he would just take his clothes off, oftentimes in public. He also just happened to be regarded as one of the best banjo players in Japan. We had some pretty fun nights with him, and by the end, we too were naked.
5. What do you look forward to the most during Indie Grits?
The animated shorts. These blow my mind.
6. Why should someone see your film?
I won’t lie, it’s not for everyone. If you have any interest in Japan, bluegrass music, or the band Mipso you’ll definitely enjoy it.
If you like watching people learn, grow, and change, you might like it.
And if you can just dig some solid shooting and thoughtful editing, you’ll probably stay awake till the end.