Sign: Capricorn (are you asking me out?)
Hometown: Orig: Youngstown, OH Curr: Belleair, FLA
Why are you in this class?
Well, honestly, I would have rather of gone on the Mt. Kilemenjaro (SP?) Leadership WT, but it was too expensive. None of the other off-continent trips interested me, so when I saw that Nate Anderson (a professor that I never personally had, but heard many good things about) was in charge of a relatively inexpensive trip to Utah for the Sundance Film Fest, I was stoked. I became interested in independent films when I was a freshman at Ursuline High. My friend at the time brought over this "indie film" titled Twin Falls Idaho written and directed by the Polish Bros. It was so different from all of the other movies I had watched growing up and I became hooked. Since then I have seen and fell in love with independent films such as Stealing Beauty, 100 Girls, Amile, Dazed and Confused, Dot-the-I, Waking Life, Pulp Fiction and countless others.
So, I thought by taking this class I would be able to explore all of the things I was not familiar with in the independent world, such as the financial or advertisement side of film producing. I was also compelled to take this course because I noticed that we were given the option to make a movie; something I have always wanted to experiment with.
What does independent film mean to you?
Far from the norm - I see it more as a group of people who make movies on their own budget. These people are crazy enough to risk everything they have for something they don't even know will go anywhere but the trash-can. I see dedication in that. I like it when people have such a strong will; go-getters are exciting (they have all the great ideas).
Who is your favorite director?
Man, tough question because I am not too familiar with director names (…another reason why I took this course). So, I guess I could say "Quentin Terintino," but I don't think that's true. One of my favorite movies of all times is American History X, so whoever directed that was amazing. Oh, and The Last Samurai's director was fabulous. Tombstone is another one. I met Tim Burton once.
What is your favorite independent film?
Napoleon Dynomite, Twin Falls Idaho, Pulp Fiction, From Dusk Till Dawn, and your mom.
What do you like in your films?
Sex, Lies and Videotape. Oh, and violence, bloody, gory, disgusting stuff, like Vampires.
If you were to make an independent film, what would it be about?
Good question... I am going to have to go with a brother and sister relationship story. Um, perhaps about like, strong family ties. Not wanting to relate to all of the hatred within the family. Maintaining a friendship with your sibling. Something like that... random thoughts flowing, sorry.
If you had to make an independent film, how would you get the money (be honest)?
Well, my grandfather helps me out a lot already in life, and so if he saw that I was dedicated enough and kept proving to him that I am smart because I do well in school, I am sure he would loan me money; help me out. Um, I would also ask my parents, maybe some aunt's and uncles. Fund raise... car washes? (Depends on how dedicated I was to the idea... something I am still working on).
What is the most exciting thing about going to Sundance?
I am so excited about going hiking and watching Ryan smoke an entire pack of cigarettes on the way up. Actually, I am going to have to say the most exciting thing about going to Sundance is being around a lot of energy and talent. Adrenaline flows lots of ways.
What is the longest amount of time you would be willing to wait in line for a film?
Depends on the film; something I really wanted to see, like Alpha Dog, but all of the tickets were sold out online... maybe... three hours... if I had something to read. Only two if I didn't and I was REALLY far away from the possibility.