Interview with Filmmaker Latiece Brown (TURFIN)

TURFIN was the winner of BEST DANCE FILM at the October 2021 Experimental Film Festival.

1. What motivated you to make this film?

This film was originally a class project where I was not allowed to have sync sound dialog, and I wanted to shoot a documentary. So I came up with the idea of following turf dancers and let them tell their story with motion. Also hadn’t seen anyone telling the story of Turf dancing, and so I wanted the dancers to tell the story.

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

Shooting took me maybe two weeks, one week catching up with the dancers and their busy schedules, and 1 week riding around SF and Oakland, gathering B-roll. Editing had two processes. The class edit, took a week and a half. The version in the festival, another 2 or 3 months of revising and adding color.

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

Super Hyphy!

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

I would say one of my biggest obstacles was the weather. It rained almost every single interview. But I was still able to get some really cool footage, and my camera still works.

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

I honestly didn’t know what to expect. Everyone had really great things to say. It was refreshing to hear people who do not know me, or even about Bay Area culture learn and enjoy my film. As well as honest feedback.

Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:

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

I’ve always wanted to make films. Since I was a child I knew I would make movies. Both of my parents are lovers of film and they really are the reason I love movies so much. I also loved watching the behind the scenes footage of movies, and learning how things were made.

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

Whew, Spike Lee’s Crooklyn. That’s one of my favorite films of all time. My whole family know’s it word, for word. I will never get tired of it or not cry on the sad scenes.

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

FilmFreeway is really simple to use and for applying for festivals. It’s been very useful so far.

9. What is your favorite meal?

My favorite meal is a bowl of ice cream.

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

I am going where the universe is leading me right now. I’d love to make Turfin a feature.

By matthewtoffolo

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

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