Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Take 5 with "The Orderly"

Daniel Campbell, director

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, Daniel Campbell, writer and director of “The Orderly.”

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

A: The Orderly is a Southern Gothic comedy set in the early 50's about a timid orderly, Norville, that finds himself late for his first day of work and his first assignment: transporting two psychiatric patients to another facility 8 hours away, with only 6 hours to get them there. With each minute and mile that passes, Norville desperately struggles to keep his own sanity along this tense, bizarre, and chaotic ride. 

Reason to see it: "We recently did a study of all of the people that have seen The Orderly. Almost all that have seen it have gone on to become multi-millionaires. We have no idea why, but if you like million dollar bills then you should go see it. 

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

A: The biggest lesson learned... I think there are too many to count. But one of the most important things I did learn on the shoot was not to take any shot for granted.The best part of making The Orderly was getting to work and laugh with such a talented cast and crew. 

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

A:  I started off in the film industry with casting. I did that for a couple of years and then decided to start writing. I wrote and directed my first short a couple years ago, called Antiquities. We were actually privileged enough to have it screen at Oxford last year. Since the festival circuit,  I was able to team up with writer, Graham Gordy to write the feature for Antiquities.

Q. What's your dream distribution plan for the film?

 A:  I guess we don't really have a distribution plan at the moment. Our focus is more on the festival circuit and just trying to get it in front of as many people as possible.

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

A: I'd love for The Orderly to get in to some more festivals around the U.S. and hopefully pick up a couple of awards along the way, if we are fortunate enough. We are now in the funding stages of Antiquities and hope to begin production in the fall of this year. 

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