Interview with the Creative Team of THE POET Short Film

Christopher Redman (Writer/Performer), Adam Cushman (Director) and David J. Phillips (Producer)

Matthew Toffolo: What motivated you to make this film?

Chris Redman came to the set of our feature ‘The Maestro” with this incredible piece and we knew that it should be seen in its entirety.

2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this short?

About a year from start to finish.

3. How would you describe your short film in two words!?

David: Raw Talent.
Chris: Oscar bait.
Adam: Mostly Canadian.

4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?

Chris: performing/keeping track of the poem which always morphed into a stream of consciousness multiple times.

Adam: Semi-trucks

David: Probably getting the people doing the post on our feature – especially our awesome sound mixer Scott Jennings – to find the time to help us with the short as well.

5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?

Chris: Happy it provoked some talk about the relevance of the politics in the poem vs today.

David: Yeah, and I loved that an audience member thought it was a bit on the nose in regards to current politics – which was funny because we shot it before The 2016 election. I was impressed by the turnout, and that people seemed engaged. Wish we could’ve made it.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

6. How did you come up with the idea for this short film?

David: Chris had came in with this amazing poem for our feature and we’d shot so much of it – it seemed like a waste to only use the 30 seconds in the film, so I suggested to Adam we make a short with it, and he was really on board to do it.

7. What film have you seen the most in your life?

Chris: Pee Wee’s Big Adventure
Adam: Cuckoos Nest, or Empire Strikes Back, not sure.
David: Raising Arizona

8. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway, what are you feelings of the submission platform from a filmmaker’s perspective?

We think its a great platform, and easy to navigate and discover new festivals.

9. What song have you listened to the most times in your life?

Chris: ‘O Canada’
Adam: “Dollars and Cents’ by Radiohead
David: ‘Let Down’ by Radiohead

10. What is next for you? A new film?

Chris: God Friended Me on CBS this September and hoping Reverie on NBC gets picked up for another season. Also can be seen on ‘Workin Moms’. Always tinkering on my own writing and performing.

David: Adam and I are releasing The Maestro, from which the Poet comes from, later this year. I shot another feature recently that we just are starting post on, and Adam and me are also very close to getting another feature off the ground very soon.





By matthewtoffolo

Filmmaker and sports fan. CEO of the WILDsound Film and Writing Festival


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