Date: Wednesday, April 16
Time: 8 pm
Place: Tapps Art Center
1. What is your connection to the South?
-I moved to North Carolina for college when I was 20 years old. I have been living in Carrboro, NC for the past three years.
2. Where did you get your inspiration for this work?
-The inspiration for this piece came from a feminism class taught by an incredible UNC professor, Hollie Mann. One of the many readings in the class that struck me was about self-defense and how women are often not taught that they have the power to to at least try to defend themselves. I thought about my own life and how people are always telling me to avoid dangerous situations (ex. don’t walk alone at night) but the idea of actually fighting back had never occurred to me. I was horrified that I had never considered using my own strength and physical power to thwart off an attack and I wanted to explore this concept in my piece.
3. How did you start making films?
-I transferred to UNC and by the time I signed up for classes almost everything was full. An intro to media production class was open so I begrudgingly signed up. It turned out to be really fun and I ended up pursuing it.
4. Did anything interesting or funny happen on set during the shooting?
-I went trick-or-treating with Brenda and her son on Halloween. They didn’t get very much candy because we went to a really popular neighborhood so afterwards Brenda took Malachi to buy some candy from Harris Teeter. At the grocery story, we ran into some one dressed up like the rapper Humpty Hump and he rapped the whole humpty hump song for us. Brenda and Malachi were dancing and laughing right there in the produce section.
Also, in the scene where Brenda is kissing her son on the forehead, we were actually walking to Lowe’s. Malachi wanted to look at the christmas decorations. Brenda and Malachi ended up playing with these stuffed animals that dance and sing Christmas pop jingles for almost thirty minutes. They’d set up a new animal on the shelf and dance in the aisle as the stuffed animal would robotically shake its hips and sing a Justin Bieber Christmas tune.
5. What do you look forward to the most during Indie Grits?
-I am really looking forward to eating grits and meeting inspiration people.
6. Why should someone see your film?
-It takes an intimate look at an issue that isn’t talked about enough. It talks about rape on a very real, personal and specific level. One that is a bit scary and horrifying but, at the same time, humanizing.