We thought it would be a good idea to help you get to know some of our fantastic filmmakers. So, borrowing an idea from LA Weekly’s Karina Longworth (the Bernard Pivot to our James Lipton), we submitted four questions to each filmmaker about and themselves and their films.
Here’s Producer Brent Green and Director Ron Jacobs:
1. Tell us about your movie. Give us the reductive, 25-word or less, “It’s like [pop culture reference a] meets [pop culture reference b]!” pitch, then explain what the quick and dirty sell leaves out.
En Tus Manos is a short narrative film that depicts a Latin American young man who wants to escape his bad home life. In order to do so, he joins a gang. However, what he finds is that it takes courage to do what’s right regardless of the consequences when you are choosing between life or death and love or hatred.
2. Are you a full-time filmmaker? If not, tell us how you get by while raising money for your films.
RON: Yes, I am. I own and operate a boutique production company called Spacehouse Productions. I direct and produce national commercials and high end corporate films.
BRENT: Yes, we, at Toy Gun Films, are also full-time filmmakers. We are excited to be currently working on our second production!
3. Have you been to deadCENTER before? What’s something you look forward to discovering (or re-living) at the festival and/or in Oklahoma City?
We have been to some deadCENTER screenings before, but never participated. We are excited to meet the other filmmakers and share our film.
4. Every filmmaker has influences and cinematic heroes. Name one of yours, and while you’re at it, tell us one film (or scene) in history that you wish you had directed.
RON: For me it is a tossup between Ridley Scott and Steven Spielberg. I admire both of these directors for many reasons. Films that I wish I directed: Raiders of the Lost Ark and Gladiator. Both films have great heroes, which for me is the key to a story.