Thursday, January 12, 2012

Take 5 with "The Last Payphone in Los Angeles"

Tim Harms and T. Lynn Mikeska
As we gear up for the Oxford Film Festival 2012 to be held at the Malco Studio Theater on Feb. 9-12, 2012 and also at the Lyric Theater on Saturday, Feb. 11 as part of the Oxford Music Festival line-up where we will show music films, videos and a panel on music + film, we thought we might introduce you to some of the people behind the movies we can't wait to show you. For the full schedule and description of the films, visit

Meet Take 5 filmmaker, Tim Harms and T. Lynn Mikeska, co-directors of “The Last Payphone in Los Angeles.”

Q: In 140 characters or less describe your movie and why someone should see it.

A: It is a tale about a busy day in the life of an LA payphone that reminds us the person on the other end of the line is more than just a voice.

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

A: Tim: Listen to your director!

Lynn: Listen to your editor! Being amazingly fortunate with our location.  The wall behind the phone completely changed the day after we wrapped.  Also getting to work creatively with someone I'm sweet on.  That was pretty cool.

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

A: Tim: I'm normally a producer ("The Vicious Kind" and "sexting" both screened at OFF), but truly enjoyed the opportunity to direct, act and edit.

I can't wait to do it again.  

Lynn: I normally act ("The Ballad of Friday and June" and "Where I Begin" both screened at OFF).  I have written and directed before, but only for stage - it's a totally different ball game with film.  It was certainly a learning experience for me - and addictive, might I add.  I now have five other shorts, two features and a TV pilot written, and I'd love to get some of those off of the ground now that I feel more comfortable behind a camera.

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

A:  Being a short, we'd love to become an viral sensation online (after the festival run, of course).  Failing that, a home with one of the few distributors handling shorts would be lovely

Q: What does the future hold in store for your film and you?

A: World domination. Oh, and we hope the film has a successful festival run as well...

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