As we gear up for the Oxford Film Festival 2011 to be held at the Malco Studio Theater on Feb. 10-13, 2011, we thought we might introduce you to some of the people behind the movies we can't wait to show you. Meet Take 5 filmmaker, Barry Barclay, producer of "Seeing." For the full schedule and description of the films, visit www.oxfordfilmfest.com. Q. 1: In 140 characters or less, describe your movie and why someone should see it. A: "Seeing" is the intimate story of a forlorn man who, desperate for companionship, turns to a beautiful stranger for comfort. But, the relief she offers also masks a horrific and deadly urge that she cannot control. Q. 2: Biggest lesson learned in getting the film made? Best part in getting the film made? A: The biggest lesson would have to be to trust my instincts more. There were two technical issues (which were corrected in post) that could have been prevented on set had I just trusted what my gut was telling me.
The best part of it getting made has been the quality of the finished product. Given the limited means that are often employed, short films have a tendency to feel small and or cheap (or loaded with computer gags), while our budget was constrained, I believe that the finished product does not feel that way. Our Cast and Crew (as led by our Director) all did an outstanding job of putting the film together. Q. 3: Tell us about you. What is your movie making background? A: I am a Mississippi boy (hailing from Jackson) who went to college at the University of Memphis. I stumbled into the film program after practically flunking out of the accounting department. After graduation, I was able to work in the art department on a few movies that came through town (“The Rainmaker”, “The People vs. Larry Flynt” to name a few). After a couple of years of that, I packed up and headed west to Los Angeles where I went to work for a talent management company for a year. Left unsatisfied by a desk job I moved back into production and have since worked as a dispatcher on such films as “Charlie’s Angeles” and “8mm” among others and more recently as a production coordinator on the films “The Break Up” and “3:10 to Yuma”. I have also dabbled as a production manager in reality television on such shows as the CW’s “America’s Next Top Model” and MTV’s “The Phone”. All the while I have continued to plug away on my passion projects, making movies with my friends. Previously, I produced the short films, “July” and “October” both short films that were filmed in Oxford with local filmmakers. Q. 4: What's your dream distribution plan for the film? A: As it’s a short film, it’s tough to say what a dream distribution plan would be. Most likely, something on the internet or on IFC would be great. Being able to maybe recoup what little expenses we put into the project would be nice. But, ultimately, as long as the film and it’s director get some exposure, that will be enough. Q. 5: What does the future hold in store for your film and for you? A: We would like to use this film, “Seeing” as our calling card. There is another project (a thriller) in the pipeline that we plan to shoot in Mississippi next summer. Additionally, we are currently filming a webseries that should finish production mid-January.