Interview with Chris Zuhdi

What were your major inspirations in becoming a filmmaker? Classic filmmakers in the American Noir genre like Fritz Lang, John Huston, and Orson Welles. More contemporary filmmakers are the Coen brothers. Also, the crime fiction writings of Jim Thompson and Tony Hillerman. On a     personal note, both those authors are from my home state of Oklahoma and Jim Thompson first encountered the seedy underbelly that would provide much of the basis for his characters in my current hometown of Fort Worth,   Texas as a bellhop at the Old Hotel Texas in downtown Fort Worth.  What let you know…

Interview with Frank Ferruccio

What inspired you to become a filmmaker? I have always loved film. I wanted my Book about Movie Legend Jayne Mansfield to get made. Their had only been one TV-Movie in 1980 about her and it was really poor on fact so I really wanted something more complete to be done. What do you find to be the most rewarding part of the filmmaking process? I really enjoyed watching the the raw footage and picking the best takes of each scene. It was really cool to see it all come to life and from being on the set for each…

Interview with Lizz Henderson

What inspired you to become a filmmaker?   I think the answer is different for both of us (my husband and I, both owners/creators at Dancing Silly Productions) My husband started taking video production early (in his teens) and ALWAYS had a video camera in his hand. I, on the other hand, came from a writing/storytelling background, as well as photography. I was always a documentarian – I wrote in a journal everyday of my life, and took pictures to document my life (I still to this day put them into albums and label them!) We moved from NY to CA in…

Interview with Christopher Lockett

What drew you to the premise of your films?  For Until They’re Gone, what drew me to the premise is that no one is talking about landmines as an issue anymore. In 1999, when International Campaign to Ban Landmines won a Nobel Peace Prize, the issue was front and center. Emmylou Harris and Elvis Costello were doing concert tours promoting the breakthrough of the historic Mine Ban Treaty. But then 9/11 happened, and the U.S. focus turned away from cleaning up the explosive remnants of war. We just are not as interested in messy issues like cleaning up after a…

Interview with Brian Gianci, director of “Let’s Kill Grandpa”

Who or what inspired you to break into the filmmaking scene? Probably the biggest inspiration for me has been seeing other filmmakers making microbudget films that were actually turned out to be pretty good movies despite not having a budget. Favor by Paul Osborne, Blue Ruin by Jeremy Saulnier and the Duplass brothers movies to name a few.  Seeing these guys make microbudget films that lacked the bells and whistles that come with higher budgets and relying instead almost exclusively on the strength of the narrative and the actors’ performances was a pivotal moment for me. Seeing movies like “The…

Chasing the Win

I’ve seen Seabiscuit, Secretariat, Hidalgo, and plenty of other films that deal with horseracing and even been out to Churchill Downs a handful of times and watched the races myself but an actual understanding of horse racing has always eluded me. Large, hooved creatures dashing by so quickly you can hardly see them pass through your line of vision is, of course, an electrifying way to spend a day and there was never any doubt in my mind that there was an enormous amount of work put into preparing the horses for the Sport of Kings but as I watched Chasing the…

Interview with Janaya Black

What do you think is the most important takeaway from your film? – The most important thing we want people to take away from Warrior Pride is to keep pushing. Even though bad things happen when you are trying to do the things God has called you to do, that doesn’t mean that you should give up. Trials are a part of life but with faith and love you will achieve your purpose. What drew you to the premise of your film? – The premise of the film is based on the lead actor Rockey’s Black’s (who is also my husband and…