Interview with Filmmaker Lindsey Matheis (INK)

INK was the winner of BEST DANCE FILM at the August 2021 Experimental Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

For me, the pandemic was a severance of every possible aspect of my identity: my dance career, my 10 year relationship with my partner, my home and dreams. This film was a response to grief and the way it stays to the point where you feel you may just drown in it… and then it gives way to a new season of life, a rush of hope. It’s not linear, but it is eventual.

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

Two weeks – from the end of March 2021 finishing the novel ‘The Raw Shark Texts’ by Steven Hall from which the concept of text having predatory qualities is inspired… to the rain room in Astoria to shoot it… to my bedroom editing all the footage and audio myself…

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

Embodied poetry

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

My own technical skills are very basic when it comes to editing film and soundtrack. I still use iMovie and GarageBand (facepalm). I would prefer to hire professionals, but nonetheless, proud of what I could do with the resources I had.

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

It’s the first time I’ve heard feedback of my work from strangers, and it felt sparkly and delightful!

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

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

I’ve made dance work for a long time and almost immediately been fascinated by putting an ethereal art into a medium like film that is at once both eternal and an arena for making the impossible possible.

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

My single favorite film right now is a feature length, Transit, directed by Christian Petzold. It’s haunting and melancholic and quietly demanding. In dance, the ones that have really influenced what I believe about demonstrative storytelling through dance are Viktor Quijada’s Gravity of Center and Pina.

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

To be honest, I have no idea what I’m doing. It was the first film festival I’ve ever submitted to after someone mentioned “oh hey, you should check out film freeway.” I need much more experience in this world to even begin looking for the people I want to talk to about making more film, but I really am impressed by the reach and scope this particular film festival seems to have. I hope I can make some connections and start to make dance work for film directors and develop more substantial works of my own.

9. What is your favorite meal?

Mango slices

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

I’m working as a creative director for an immersive production company out of Denver called OddKnock. We make immersive dance residencies and are working towards our first large scale production similar to the shows we’ve performed for such as Sleep No More and Grand Paradise. I am also about to begin rehearsal directing for BODYTRAFFIC, a contemporary dance company in LA. After October of this year, there are a couple of things in the air – I have a lot of curiosities about acting and I love working in Opera as well.

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