Your new documentary Indie Film (a Love Story) - in a few words,
what is it about?
A documentary about the pure and simple love of fil making. My older
brother and his friends made two independent action movies with no budget.
Twenty five years later they decided to make a third.
What do you find so fascinating about indie filmmaking in general
that you would even put "a Love Story" in your title?
wanted people to see that you do not need money or Hollywood to make a
movie. Sometimes all you need is a great story idea and the love of film.
did you first come upon the Deadly Memories-movies, and were you at
all actively involved in any of them? And what do you find fascinating
enough about them to make them the subject of your movie?
first Deadly Memories was made the year I was born. My older brother
Robby made the sequel three years later. Throughout my childhood the
local public access channel would play both movies monthly. The most
fascinating thing about the first two Deadly Memories movies is that they
made movies with no budget a few years before Clerks and El Mariachi did
would you describe your directorial approach to your subject at hand?
my older brother was the writer and director of Deadly Memories I knew a
lot of the backstory and the struggle they went through to get the movie
made. Because of this it made it hard for me to clearly tell their
story in my documentary. I knew the whole story in my head but I
needed to be able to inform the audience throughout the film.
did you go about shooting your documentary, and how much research and
footwork was there involved preparing for it and the like?
years ago I bought my wife a Canon T2i to take pictures with. Right
before production began on the documentary I bought an external mic and a
50mm lens for the camera. That was my only cost for the documentary.
The hardest part was getting the old cast members in the same room for the
roundtable interview. As far as research I kept a rough
outline of how I wanted to tell the story.
$64 question of course: When and where will your movie be released onto
the general public?
Right now I am submitting the film into
a few film fests. Ideally it would premiere at SXSW. I also have a
few distribution companies that are very interested in seeing the
documentary once it is complete. In a perfect world I would get the
documentary into either Redbox or Netflix.
Any future projects beyond Indie
Film (a Love Story) you'd like to share?
Next year I
would love to make another documentary about why action movies and
independent movies are not as good as they used to be. It would be a
loose sequel to Indie Film (a Love Story).
you into filmmaking in the first place, and did you receive any formal
training on the subject?
My entire life I have been a huge
film buff. It was towards the end of my senior year in high school
and all of my friends had already applied and gotten into college.
There was nothing that interested me. Then one day it hit me that I wanted
to be a director. I have and continue to be a huge film geek.
What can you tell us about your
filmwork prior to Indie Film (a Love Story)?
eight years ago I went to one semester of film school. After that I
dropped out and taught myself how to edit video. During this time I
also read every book I could on film and continued to watch movies
religiously. Over the years I have built a following on YouTube.
would you describe yourself as a director?
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Editing a documentary is ten times more challenging than directing and
editing a regular film. At times I would have three or four
different people talking about the same thing. I would then have to
go back and pick and choose the best of the best soundbytes.
who inspire you?
My favorite directors are: Robert Rodriguez, Kevin Smith, Scorsese and Stallone.
Your favourite movies?
2, Swingers, Mallrats, Bad Boys, Desperado, and
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Indie Film (a Love Story)
for the interview!