We’ve made things even bigger this year at Nitehawk’s second annual Shorts Festival, adding a new midnite screening of twisted, darker and challenging fair that’s appropriate for the hour. While the rest of the filmmakers participating in Shorts Fest will have their chance to shine at post-screening Q&A’s, the late night crowd won’t get the chance.

But! These guys deserve to be heard too, so we reached out to some of our Shorts Fest Midnite participants to talk about their projects, what to expect, and their favorite late night movie experiences.

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Short: “McDreamy”
Filmmakers: Andrea McGinty

1. How did your film come about?
“McDreamy” is part of a larger series of text-based videos that I’ve been developing over the past two years. The text in McDreamy was written as a stream of consciousness poem that was then adapted to video using the motion of the text to visually mirror the tone of the language.

2. What was your inspiration for this project?
“McDreamy” explores obsession in relation to romantic love and the damaging filmic cliche of the “crazy woman.”

3. What’s the best story from your shoot?
My video didn’t have a shoot, but I always enjoy seeing what parts of the text viewers engage with and what point they discover the “crazy woman” cliche dissolve into more genuine human emotions.

4. What’s next for you? Do you have anything you’re working on that you’d like to talk about?
I’ve written a short erotica novella that will be published in the spring by Badlands Unlimited and I am always working on new video, drawing, and writing projects that can be found on my website at andreamcgintyart.com.

5. What’s your favorite midnite movie experience?
I can’t think midnight movie without thinking of one of my biggest influences, John Waters. I think it is so important to make the work you need to make and have the conversations you want to have.