Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Take 5 with "Building Imagination"

The 7th annual Oxford Film Festival is getting closer every day. Before we kick off another fun-packed festival, we thought we would take five with filmmakers and get to know them just a little better.

If you went to the film festival last year, you probably remember the guy with the corndog. Yup, that is the hilarious and delightful filmmaker Mark Potts (pictured on the right).  Potts returns for the second year with a short film, "Building Imagination," that is a bit of a departure from last year's feature film, "The Stanton Family Grave Robbery."

"Building Imagination" plays on Saturday, Feb. 6 at 10:15am at the Lafayette-Oxford Public Library as part of the FREE Children's Shorts Program.

OFF: In 10 words, describe your movie and why someone should see it.

It's delightfully cute and will leave you smiling.

OFF: Biggest lesson learned in getting the film made? Best part in getting the film made?

MP: Biggest lesson we learned was that kids are often better at taking direction and follow orders than adults. The best part was getting to run around the huge playground with Cristian, the child in the film. I hadn't played at that playground since I was 10 and needless to say, it's much harder to get through the tight spots now.

Tell us about you. What is your movie making background?  

MP: Cole Selix and myself are a part of Singletree Productions, an Oklahoma-based film production company. We have been around for years, making short and feature films. Our second feature film, "Simmons on Vinyl" premiered at the Austin Film Festival to two sold-out crowds. We are currently finishing our third feature and are writing our fourth.

OFF:  What’s your dream distribution plan for the film?

MP: Any sort of distribution would be great. We'd love to get the film out there for everyone to see. Money is cool too, but getting it in front of eyes is the most important thing for us.

OFF: What’s the future hold in store for your film and for you?

MP: Getting our third feature edited and out there and hopefully not die in the process.

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