Father & Daughter Film Report
LIVING IT UP with FILM MAKER & TWISTER ALLEY FILM FESTIVAL director JOSH HOPE.....
If you haven't already heard of film maker Josh Hope...then you probably will, and probably very soon.
Not just from reading this article, more than likely he will be coming to a theater near you with his latest comedy hit film:
The Life and Death of an Unhappily Married Man
which is not only being featured as a finalist and winner in film festivals around the world, but is a film that is definitely a 'must-see'.
We were lucky to catch up with Josh in between his jumping from one film festival to another and have this report for you:
When did you become interested in working with films?
I've always loved movies. Growing up in small town NW Oklahoma there wasn't always a whole lot to do...so movies served as my escape.
It wasn't until college when I realized being a filmmaker was something I could actually do.
I've traveled to hundreds of film festivals with my own films over the past 10 years and saw some good ones...and a LOT of bad ones.
I could see the common thread with the good festivals was community support, and I knew if we took all the good elements I had seen from my favorite film festivals we could make a great one in NW Oklahoma because the support from the community was there.
What was the most difficult thing you had to deal with in producing this festival? (i.e. - Filming-wise Organizational-wise, Business-wise, Editing, etc....?)
Josh Hope & FFT's Amanda Perkins at the Austin Revolution Film Festival in October, 2015.
Get the community involved. It's much easier to get your festival up and running if you have help from your local community.
Josh Hope conducts Q & A with director Frank Hall Green's film "Wildlike".
One of the several distinguished filmmaker panels featured at the inaugural Twister Alley Film Festival, April 24 -25, 2015.
Any examples (or two) of "deals" that were made at this, or in past festivals that you are aware of…?
Well...we had our first Twister Alley this past spring, and I know there are some filmmakers/actors who met at Twister who are talking about doing stuff in the future so we'll see what comes from it.
One specific "deal" that came from Twister Alley is the short horror film Dead Weight. Dead Weight is written & directed by Twister Alley Co-Creative Director TJ Treece.
He met all 3 of his actors at Twister Alley...Sean Patrick Leonard from Chicago who starred in 2 films at Twister (The Life and Death of an Unhappily Married Man & Iceland) & Andrea Dettling and Derek Babb from Austin, TX who starred in James Christopher's horror mokumentary Quad-X: Rise of the Beaver Slayer. Dead Weight will premiere at our spinoff film festival Twisted Horror Picture Show presented by Twister Alley Film Festival on October 30, 2015.
I believe we are unique because we have the right balance of presenting a festival that's rewarding for both visiting filmmakers and our local public.
I think everyone who comes to Twister Alley will have a great time.
Well, Josh, having been to the first ever Twister Alley Film Festival, both dad and I can vouch for that 100%, and can't wait to go to the next one...