Interview with Filmmaker William Morris (THE PROTEST PROJECT)

THE PROTEST PROJECT played to rave reviews at the September 2021 Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

It was a couple of months into the lockdown period, during which
people were making little TikTok videos of inane activities and longer
videos of empty city streets. I felt I had to do something. It was a
very confusing, anxiety-producing time. And I started working on this
project not knowing what it was going to yield. I had heard this music
by Brass Against called Wake Up, and I knew that would become the track
I’d include in the video. The initial concept was more upbeat than the
final product. I exorcised some demons.

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

It took about three months to edit.

How would you describe this story in 2 words?

righteous anger

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

My biggest concern in making the video was the lack of copyright clearance for all the material I used.

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

I was pleasantly surprised by the audience’s reaction to the work in the feedback video.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

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

Upon graduating with a BFA in graphic design, I decided I wanted to try and make the switch to film.

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

Probably Citizen Kane.

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

FilmFreeway is a clearinghouse for everything related to festival submission. There isn’t another platform that compares to it.

9. What is your favorite meal?

Pizza. Don’t judge me.

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

I’m working on a couple of things. One is a documentary about my years as General Manager of my college radio station. I understand that Metropolis will once again be in the public domain in 2022, and I’m working on a music video with Metropolis as the primary imagery.

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