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…

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…

Interview with Adam Davis

What inspired you to break into indie filmmaking? – Strangely enough, the TV show “Jackass.” I sort of fell in love with being creative in front of and behind the camera when my high school friends and I made our own prank and stunt videos. This was the days before YouTube even existed, so we had to make DVDs of our movies and sell them to people. That was sort of the first dip into it the whole process of starting with an idea, writing a script, filming it, editing it and distributing it. But with people falling into bushes. It…

Interview with Maria Morgunova

NAFC. Who or what inspired you to break into the indie film and TV scene? Maria Morgunova. There were a number of reasons; one being that it can be quite difficult for filmmakers to pitch their projects to big TV channels. For example, in the case of The Uphill Battle, it was necessary to relate quite a sad story regarding the Executive Director of the Toronto Karate Kids League who tried to organize a series of recreational karate tournaments. It didn’t make sense to go to TV channels and pitch such a project since it was not hockey or basketball…

Interview with Brian Barnes

What inspired you to get into filmmaking? The first film that my mother took me to see in the cinema was ‘Bambi’.  As a 3 or 4 year-old, it completely overwhelmed me and left me devastated.  Reflecting on that experience a few years later, I realised that cinema had the power to move people, and I decided that I wanted to have that power over people’s emotions, which meant I needed to become a film director. –  Writers, painters, composers, even teachers and politicians have control over people’s emotions. Why do you think film was the best way for you…