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…

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,…