Film: John’s Farm
Place: Nickelodeon Theatre
1. What is your connection to the South?
Born and raised in Memphis, TN. Lived in LA for nine years before returning home.
2. Where did you get your inspiration for this work?
I read an article that talked about how, in four generations, children had lost their right to roam. I was haunted by this infographic that showed how over 100 years, children went from exploring for miles and miles to not being allowed past their driveway. Becoming a parent made the struggle all the more personal – and visceral. We want our kids to have the liberated childhood we remember, but we’re too terrified of the ramifications.
3. How did you start making films?
I lived in Los Angeles with the intention of “making it.” Funny that I didn’t actually make anything until moving back to Memphis.
5. What do you look forward to the most during Indie Grits?
Being in the company of an awesome cross section of southern filmmakers making it happen outside the system.
6. Why should someone see your film?
If you’re a fan of the Twilight Zone, John’s Farm is a 12 min nod to Rode Serling. If Rod Serling was a parent. If you’re a Facebook quiz junkie, watching the film will be the equivalent of the “Which Parent are You?” quiz. Results at the end.