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Interview with Gregory Bayne

What inspired you to get into filmmaking? I grew up in mostly rural settings in Nebraska, Kansas, and Idaho having very little interaction with films. My first entree to visual storytelling was through comic books, and I was fully planning on moving toward a career as an illustrator – I started submitting to Marvel at age 11 – when I watched the film that changed everything for me: David Lynch’s Wild at Heart. It was unlike anything I’d ever seen, and was the first time I recognized that filmmaking was an art form. Up until then I hadn’t realized that…

Looking for the Jackalope

Looking for the Jackalope, written and directed by Karl Shefelman, is a comedy drama about confronting our past. Winning both the Festival Award and Audience Choice awards at the Austin Revolution Film Festival, Looking for the Jackalope is one of the best indie films we’ve reviewed to date. The movie begins with writer Jordan Sterling (Michael Leydon Campbell) stuck in a rut in nearly every aspect in his life. Broke, uninspired, and recently divorced, Jordan is contacted by Jennifer (Meissa Hampton), an ex-girlfriend from his college days who seemingly wants to reconnect at their 20-year reunion. In a spur of…

Interview with Sharon Wilharm

What inspired you to get into filmmaking? I never intended to be a filmmaker. I was a bookworm and never even really watched movies. But my husband had a broadcast communications degree and ten years into our marriage decided he was going to make a documentary about the history of the small town we’d moved to. Somehow that documentary morphed into a narrative feature with me writing the script, directing it, and starring in it. I had no clue what I was doing and hated it. But ten years later, he convinced me to do another movie. We ended up…

Interview with Kipp Tribble: CHAR MAN (2019) and becoming an indie filmmaker

Kipp Tribble is an independent actor, writer, producer, director, and owner of his own film company MRP Entertainment. Kipp is known for independent horror and thriller titles such as Coffin (2011), Coffin 2 (2017) and his latest release Char Man (2019),  an unconventional (and often comedic) found footage horror film which you can view for free on Amazon Prime. The NAFC’s 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award went to Robert Redford, owing much to his efforts promoting independent film such as the Sundance Institute and Film Festival. Who or what inspired you to begin your film career with indie film? As a kid,…

Interview with Ross Munro, Director, Writer, Producer, and Star of A Legacy of Whining

Last week, a member of the National Association of Film Critics conducted an interview with the director, writer, producer, and star of the independent film A Legacy of Whining, Ross Munro as part of our initiative to highlight independent film.   What inspired you to get into filmmaking? Like a lot of filmmakers, I grew up a movie rat- basically spending my movie-addled childhood in the various (now disappeared) movie theatres of my city Winnipeg, every Saturday. Sometimes I’d get there at noon and end up stumbling bleary-eyed out of the lobby and onto the darkened streets after I’d sit through…