NOSEBLEED was the winner of BEST PERFROMANCES at the LGBTQ+ Feedback Film Festival in May 2021.
1. What motivated you to make this film?
I was actually in acting class at AMAW studios & we were doing this exercise where we went around & “type-casted” each other to help give one another a brief understanding of how others might see/perceive us; the goal being to allow some insight into how to self-market in the industry. When it came to my turn, everyone’s response seemed to be something along the lines of like, “I could see you doing like a Lena Dunham ‘Girls’ thing where you create & star in your own material.” And I remember walking away from class just being like, “Great, more work.” I took the note to heart though & I went home & cleaned up a rough script I had written a year or so back – completely therapeutically & in an effort to process a break up – but I brought it to class & everyone was like, “Yes.” Eventually, I asked my scene partner if he’d ever be down to film it with me if I got a team together & he was in .. so the rest is history I suppose!
2. From the idea to the finished product, how long did it take for you to make this short?
I think it’s evident from the final product but we took a fairly simplistic approach in order to deliver that “slice of life” feel. Most of the work actually just came in pre & post production. Filming just took one day. I’d say a couple months total.
3. How would you describe your short film in two words!?
4. What was the biggest obstacle you faced in completing this film?
I am a songwriter – & I know I’m good at that – but I’ve never written my own screenplay before. When I saw the final footage, I was really doubtful that my writing was strong enough. I stepped away from it for a little while & then came back to it & the time away seemed to allow a more forgiving intake of it over time. So I’d say me being hard on myself was the biggest obstacle – classic example of “I’m my own worst critic.”
5. What were your initial reactions when watching the audience talking about your film in the feedback video?
Oh wow! It was so sweet. I sent the video to my best friend right away essentially & she was like “these were all my thoughts on the film too, they took the words right out of my mouth.” I just couldn’t believe how nice people were in their commentary. And I felt like they really got what I was going for – which is a cool feeling.
Watch the Audience FEEDBACK Video:
6. When did you realize that you wanted to make films?
I’m still not sure that’s what I want to do! I make music primarily. But I really enjoyed putting a story down in this format & I’m enjoying the process of sharing it so we shall see.
7. What film have you seen the most in your life?
Embarrassingly probably School of Rock .. embarrassing only because I was in it .. which has resulted in me coincidentally seeing it the most.
8. You submitted to the festival via FilmFreeway, what are your feelings of the submission platform from a filmmaker’s perspective?
Seems adequate enough!
9. What is your favorite meal?
A boneless buffalo chicken quesadilla with a side of tater tots please.
10. What is next for you? A new film?
I’m actually a certified Life Coach, so more work in that arena is always on deck. And as I mentioned, I am a songwriter. I call my genre of music “gay country.” I released a music video this past year for a song called “God Loves Me Too” – which won an award at the International Independent Music Video Awards. And I’m currently shopping around some demos for my next album. So hopefully more music in the near future!