We recently had the pleasure of talking with filmmaker Tyler Trumbo, whose film, Frogman, is showing at this year’s Indie Grits Festival.
1. What is your connection to the South?
I was born and bred along the edge of the Appalachian Mountains in Fincastle, Virginia and currently live in Richmond. So the South has been the backdrop to the majority of my life.
2. What was your muse for this film?
Undoubtedly, the muse was my friend and subject of the film, Patrick. The way he personally inherited his father’s stories from a combination of oral tales, written journals, and a slew of photographs was a fascinating dive into how we all piece together the lives of our parents, and how ‘truth’ is inextricably linked to each person’s point of view.
3. What was your first film?
The Columbarium, a short 16mm B&W documentary film that had the honor of screening at Indie Grits last year!
4. Did anything interesting or funny happen on set during the shooting?
The youngest son, Jonathan, was always curious of the shooting process. He’d constantly be peaking around the corner of the stairway as we transformed Patrick’s living room into a black abyss for the interviews with giant black sheets and huge lights. I can only imagine what it must have looked like in the mind of child. His curiosity would interject into almost every scene in their home, that ultimately adding an unexpected dimension of innocence to the film that I can’t thank enough.
5. If you’ve been to Indie Grits before, what’s your favorite memory?
This is my first time being able to come and can’t wait to experience it in person!!