Interview with Filmmaker Joseph Fletcher (MOVING MEDITATION)

MOVING MEDITATION played to rave reviews at the June 2021 DOCUMENTARY SPORTS Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

I have always been passionate about the benefits of sports and recreation. Eric had the ability to articulate these benefits in a really unique and inspiring way. When Eric shared the story of his experience with police brutality, I felt like it was really important to examine both the benefits of recreation and the barriers faced by people of color in America when it comes to accessing these benefits.

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

Eric and I began filming together in 2018, but the idea for this film didn’t come about until late 2019. From it’s conception to completion it was around 18 months.

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

Moving Meditation! Eric used this phrase to describe skateboarding and I think it’s the most concise description of what this film is about.

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

Time and resources. As an independent filmmaker I didn’t have the budget to hire a crew, so I ended up shooting and editing the majority of the project myself.

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

It was amazing to hear the reactions and critiques in the feedback video. I was touched to see that the film resonates with so many people.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

6. When did you realize that you wanted to make films?

I started watching ski movies obsessively when I was like 12 or 13. The marriage of beautiful music and imagery in those films felt like the holy grail of creative expression. I began documenting my own recreational pursuits and quickly discovered my passion for visual storytelling.

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

Probably the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I’m obsessed with sci-fi/fantasy.

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

I think it’s a great way to get your film out there and get as many eyes on it as possible. This is my first time using the platform and it has helped in distributing this film tremendously.

9. What is your favorite meal?

Chicken Parmesan made by my incredible mother. I’d eat it every day if I could!

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

I plan to continue to make documentaries that examine the psychological and sociological reasons for “play.” I grew up on action sports films, but back then they were more like montages that lacked a deeper purpose, so I’m hoping to contribute to that genre by making socially and culturally impactful action sports documentaries.

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