Happy Wednesday dear readers. Today, I'm sharing with you some words of wisdom from prominent director Anthony Greene, who has directed films like The Henchman's War, which releases this weekend, and THICK. He's also one of the organizers of the REEL Independent Film Extravaganza which runs October 11-17 at the West End Cinema in DC.
Q - What are some of films playing at the REEL Independent Film Extravaganza?
We have some great films that cover an expanse of genres. We're opening with the wonderful documentary, "The New Public", Saturday features Mike Kravinsky's "The Nextnik", Natasha Hester's "Two Days" and a wonderful adult love story set in Salsa music scene in NY "Love, Sex and Salsa". We round out the seven day festival with the incredibly funny Israeli comedy, "Welcome Our Condolences", Maniko Barthelemy's "I Thought it Was Forever", Harold Jackson III's "Under the Bourbon Moon", Anthony Harper's "Jump" the searing Syrian documentary "Not Anymore: A Story of Revolution" and the feature length directorial debut of IndieCapitol director Cheryl Brown with "THICK" starring Tia Dae.
Q - How did REEL get started?
Reel is the brainchild of founder and executive producer Spencer F. Johnson. It's origins are a better story for him to tell than I. I came on board about a year or two ago and have been lucky enough to find a place on the team where I get to immerse myself in the medium I love.
Q - What projects are you working on now?
Getting the hard work of others on a movie screen. I enjoy being a part of the follow through, actors, editors, directors, writers and all the other stand alone components of the art form fight hard to get projects made. To be able to acquire those projects and put them on the big screen in a theater, where I think films belong, is a great achievement to me.
Q - What do you look for in actors?
I personally look for an actor to have an instinct. Some actors approach this as "I'm a blank canvas. What do you want me to do?" I'm more of a participatory director. I like when everyone one on set is collaborating and making the project their own by infusing passion into it. I also look for that actor to be susceptible to direction. So, natural instincts and able to process and deliver through direction works a lot. Those are the two elements I seek out first.
Q - Any advice for young filmmakers?
Go make a movie. There is nothing like the experience of it and the learning curve is tremendous. Also, watch movies. Please?
Q - Any plans to move to Hollywood or New York?
Nope. For what? We have internet, cell phones, planes and an ever evolving distribution model. I'll visit, though.