Saturday, January 07, 2012

Take 5 with "Red Moon"

Jimmy Marble

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, Jimmy Marble director, co-writer and co-star of “Red Moon.”

Q. 1: In 140 characters or less, describe your movie and why someone should see it.
A: Red Moon is full of jokes, beautiful sets, wonderful costuming, Russian accents, beards galore, tragedy, romance, life, farce, and death.

Q. 2: Biggest lesson learned in getting the film made? Best part in getting the film made?
A:  Red Moon was made right as I entered a new group of friends, and the movie acts as our group's consummation.  (The group being Sirocco Research Labs.) Everyone was so clever and ambitious, and everyone's drive and work ethic was so unbelievable. I learned about the joy of working hard with people you love and trust, and how that energy shows up in what's being made.  What's special for me about the movie now, is it acts as a time capsule for that special time.  Almost without exception, every member of the film's crew makes a cameo as an extra in the movie.  I watch and think, "We were all there!"  Which is doubly exciting as the movie takes place in the 1980s aboard a Russian submarine.  

Q. 3: Tell us about you. What is your movie making background?
A:  I work with a group in Los Angeles, CA called Sirocco Research Labs.  We're a little collective of artists who get together and make elaborate video projects.  Red Moon was our first project together.  Since then we've made one more short, and a couple of music videos.  Outside of Sirocco I produce video content for Flaunt Magazine.  I also draw pictures and build cool objects.

Q. 4: What's your dream distribution plan for the film?
A:  My dream has always been to take Red Moon (and Sirocco's other projects) on a tour across the world, screening the movie in unlikely venues.  But, the exciting part would be to build the screenings so they'd almost be like a vaudeville performance.  I love the contradiction of having the screening be performative.  

Q. 5: What does the future hold in store for your film and for you?
A:  Sirocco's in pre-production on a feature I finished writing recently.  It takes place during the Civil War era on the American Plains.  It's an adventure film!  It's action-packed.  Lots of forbidden love, close calls, and beauty.  That's the next big project.  In the meantime, we're going on a new music video, and kicking around the idea of a short film.  

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