Cinema Selects is a collaboration between Nitehawk Cinema and Dailymotion that brings creative, user-generated videos to the big screen. Featured videos belong to Dailymotion’s MotionMaker program and include a variety of genres that include animation, comedy, web series, live-action shorts, documentaries and more.
Leading up to the May 8th Cinema Selects screening (go to Facebook invite here), Hatched is featuring a related series called Five Questions/Five Filmmakers that aims to familiarize the audience with these emerging filmmakers. Here are the next three…
1) Explain your film in one sentence. “Secrets” is a short film about a man admitting a deep, dark secret to a group of his oldest friends.
2) When did you begin making films? I’ve been making films since I was in middle school, and haven’t stopped since.
3) What is the difference to you in showing your film online versus in the cinema? As someone who loves making shorter films and sketches, it is only by releasing them online that they can find an audience.
4) What are you working on now? I am still making a short film every week, all released on Dailymotion, under the title “Good Cop Great Cop.”
5) Who is a director and/or film that doesn’t get the credit you think he/she deserves? I think Edgar Wright is a great filmmaker, and all of his work new and old should get the recognition it deserves. If you have never seen the show “Spaced” you should go watch it now!
1) Explain your film in one sentence. When a girl gets off at the wrong bus stop on her way to meet a new friend, she finds herself alone in a strange, unfamiliar part of the city–but the real threat does not come from the streets…
2) When did you begin making films? My first film, Ballyvaughan Story, was released in 2006. I began working on it while I was an undergrad–I spent a semester studying art in western Ireland and wanted to make a film about the town I lived in, so I interviewed one of the locals who had a huge amount of historical knowledge about the place and the film was born from there. There are parts I cringe at now, but overall I’m proud of it as a first film.
3) What is the difference to you in showing your film online versus in the cinema? I absolutely LOVE the cinema; it’s such a special experience and seeing movies at the theater is still a big enough deal to me that I’m always, always excited to see my work on a big screen. Screening online has its own benefits, obviously; I can easily reach a huge audience anywhere in the world and get instant feedback. But man oh man, nothing beats the experience of watching something that I made in a theater with an audience. I especially love showing my work at cool venues. I’ve screened a few times at a wonderful arthouse theater here in Los Angeles called Cinefamily (of which I am a HUGE fan) and every time I went I just had this feeling like, “This is the best thing in the universe.”
4) What are you working on now? I am currently in production on a new animated short film titled “The Letter”. I expect to start sending it out to festivals in early 2013. I also work in games and I draw ridiculous cartoons of my favorite comedians in my spare time.
5) Who is a director and/or film that doesn’t get the credit you think he/she deserves? My favorite film right now is Synecdoche, New York–a great, great film fiercely adored by a very, very small number of people. It is DEVASTATING and makes you want to cry and/or drink (preferably at the same time). I don’t think Charlie Kaufman is under-appreciated in general, but Synecdoche is a hugely inspirational masterpiece for me that provokes some pretty divisive opinions when it comes up in conversation with others. I feel like the people who didn’t like it the first time around should give it another shot, perhaps when they are feeling especially hopeless and nihilistic. THEN it’ll get ya!
1) Explain your film in one sentence. At the end of a first date, two people decide to be bluntly honest with each other.
2) When did you begin making films? I began making films in high school, sometime around 1998. I started by learning how to edit on my computer at home, and then got my grandparents to buy me a video camera. I shot things with friends for a while, then went to undergrad film school at the University of Miami, and eventually the graduate film program at Columbia University.
3) What is the difference to you in showing your film online versus in the cinema? Because I mostly make comedies, there’s a big difference between someone seeing it on their computer alone at home, versus watching it in a theater with an audience. Usually something that’s laugh-out-loud funny will play better to an audience, because having other people laughing around you creates a sort of shared experience and momentum to the comedy. This event will be the first time Upstairs is shown in front of an audience, and I’m curious what the reaction will be.
4) What are you working on now? I recently moved to Los Angeles, and have been developing feature comedy ideas, along with looking into directing commercials and/or more web content.
5) Who is a director and/or film that doesn’t get the credit you think he/she deserves? One of the big underground comedies that I think film people love, but that has rarely gotten mainstream attention is Putney Swope, a Robert Downey Sr. film from 1969. It’s one of the most brutal and gritty satires ever, completely raw and done in a really homemade style that you never see in movies anymore. It’s also hilarious and really smart.