Roger Beebe will be joining us with his film Historia Calamitatum (The Story of My Misfortunes), Part II: The Crying Game. Here are some questions to let you get to know more about him!
What is your connection to the South?
I’ve spent about 3/4 of my life in the South—about 1/4 of it in Irmo, SC. Just moved to Ohio a year ago (from Florida), but I doubt a decade of Ohio winters will sever my connections to the South.
Where did you get your inspiration for this work?
Well, I talk about it in the video. I felt like I wanted to embrace the pleasures of crying (despite the fact that “boys don’t cry” or whatever), so I just let myself cry in real life. It felt pretty logical to make the video as the next step in the process—a kind of “coming out.”
How did you start making films?
I didn’t start until I was in grad school (not for filmmaking). A friend and I just were talking about it a lot, and I had an opportunity to take a class that included shooting 16mm, so I went for it. It required a lot of coincidences to keep me going those first few years, but everything lined up and here I am two decades later.
Did anything interesting or funny happen on set during the shooting?
I don’t have a set. I didn’t shoot—I just appropriated (borrowed/stole/etc.). Nothing monumentally interesting happened, but I did make it in two weeks in a cabin in the New Hampshire woods with autumn leaves falling from the trees and deers scurrying by outdoors.
What do you look forward to the most during Indie Grits?
I’ve always loved being there in the past, in part because it’s a homecoming for me. Actually, it’s like a homecoming on Extreme Makeover Home Edition, when you come home and someone’s completely remodeled your place, because there was nothing as cool as Indie Grits when I was growing up there.
Why should someone see your film?
Because even if it’s an experimental documentary, it’s funny. People laugh. (They really do.) And sometimes they cry too. And it’s alright to cry!