Date: Thursday, April 17
Time: 8 pm
Place: Tapps Art Center
1. What is your connection to the South?
I was born and raised in New York, but my mother and her family are from West Texas, so I’ve been going back and forth to the South for much of my life. I believe the first time I ever took an airplane by myself I was an 8-year-old jetting solo to Lubbock, Texas, and I believe there may have been ready-made grilled cheese sandwich waiting for me on board. I live New Orleans, LA these days.
2. Where did you get your inspiration for this work?
Davedreamer was at least partially inspired by my own trouble falling asleep in deeply inappropriate settings. It draws pretty freely from the work of a few directors I admire, some old cartoonists and a couple weird fixations I may have had growing up.
3. How did you start making films?
I began making films with a couple friends in college after we started a small collective called the Cinema Sorcery Front. Before that I’d made little videos and whatnot for the odd family talent show or high school production class, but rarely worked on something that took longer than an afternoon.
4. Did anything interesting or funny happen on set during the shooting?
Well, the morning that we finished shooting, which was insane in its own right, I was driving a pit-bull by the name of Lucy back to her home in lower Manhattan when a man just so happened to pass our car on a white Trek 1000 bicycle– the very same bicycle, as it turned out, that had been stolen from me about 3 months prior. I didn’t quite notice this till we were both stopped at a light on Broadway, pretty much in central Chinatown. Once the light changed, I slammed the gas, crossed three lanes of traffic, screeched to a halt somewhat dubiously in the middle of Broadway, raced out of the car, and entered a fairly one-sided exchange with the gentleman so that within thirty seconds I had my bike back and he was scurrying off into the Chinatown crowds. I’d finished shooting, I had my bike back, and I was surrounded by a small group of curious elderly Chinese women! Serendipitous indeed.
5. What do you look forward to the most during Indie Grits?
Looking forward to meeting fellow filmmakers who are doing things a little differently, making movies on their own and with friends. Excited to meet more people making movies in the South– and see some too.
6. Why should someone see your film?
My godfather called this short “a tone poem to demi-consciousness” so maybe check it out if that appeals to you. Or if you like humor of a slightly darker nature. Or, yeah, if you’ve ever had trouble staying awake in places where you really probably should and been a little confused by the dreams of the sleep you’ve had there.