Date: Saturday, April 19
Time: 5:30 pm
Place: Nickelodeon Theatre
1. What is your connection to the South?
I was born and raised in South Carolina. I grew up in Blue Ridge surrounded by generations of family. The stories they told and the way they told them made me want to do the same. I have yet to write a script or make a movie set outside of Blue Ridge.
2. Where did you get your inspiration for this work?
It started off with just having friends who were overweight and self conscious about it. I was interested in the feeling of being a fat guy in a society where so much worth is based on size, which snowballed into a movie about identity. I also got to thinking about jazz, and I liked the idea of a movie about a fat man in the South with a jazz score.
3. How did you start making films?
I was a grip for two and a half years, then worked at a talent agency for another two. I took what i learned from my years on set and me years covering scripts and made two shorts on my own dime. I learned from those and made a feature “Solid Country Gold,” took what I learned from that and made “Lighter.”
4. Did anything interesting or funny happen on set during the shooting?
Yeah. We made a feature for 10 thousand dollars. That’s pretty funny.
5. What do you look forward to the most during Indie Grits?
I look forward to the people that run the festival. I was there years ago with “Solid Country Gold,” and they made me feel like I had made something worth-while. That’s a feeling you don’t forget. They are genuinely kind and generous to the filmmakers.
6. Why should someone see your film?
Because it’s under 90 minutes and you can text through it and still follow the story.