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. We’ll be randomly posting as many responses as we can fit in between now and the kick-off.
Today we hear from Zak Forsman, writer/director/producer of Heart of Now, a deadCENTER World Premiere at the OKC Museum of Art Friday, June 11th at 2:00pm. Lead actress Marion Kerr is also scheduled to attend the premiere, and music director DEKLUN will be performing in the theater immediately before the screening as well.
Zak also serves as the co-founder of the SABI filmmaking collective (which produced Heart of Now), and curates the NEW BREED blog on TheWorkbookProject.com, a site dedicated to providing tools and inspiration to independent filmmakers. The Heart of Now screening will be immediately followed by a New Technology in Film Panel where Zak and other filmmakers will discuss how new forms of media have influenced the way they produce, create, distribute and promote their films.
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.
My father died when I was 19. In many ways, I wrote and directed HEART OF NOW in response to those feelings of being “left behind”. While this is not an autobiography, it is an sincere, complex look at abandonment in many forms. When Amber discovers she’s pregnant, her closest friends urge her to get an abortion. With no one else to turn to, she willfully seeks out a safe-haven in Gabe, the father-figure that left her and her dying mother a decade prior.
2. Are you a full-time filmmaker? If not, tell us how you get by while raising money for your films, or share something juicy you had to do to get your film made.
Day to day, we’ve made our bread and butter producing bonus content for the studio’s dvd and blu-ray releases. More recently, I’m happy to say, I’ve graduated to a full time filmmaker. We’ve been asked to participate in a funded development of a full slate of pictures that could very well support a long and varied career. Can’t reveal much more than that, and the rug could very well be pulled out at any time as it’s still taking shape, but I’m very optimistic about the next two years.
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?
This will be my first time at deadCENTER. The festival’s reputation is amazing and I look forward to making new friends there. I’m excited that DEKLUN, who provided much of our film’s music will be performing before our screening of HEART OF NOW at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. We have a number of fans in Oklahoma City who joined our audience map on our web site and they are floored that the film is coming to them so soon.
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 (and why).
Andrei Tarkovsky, and specifically his book, Sculpting in Time has been a guiding light during some dark days in the edit bay. It’s a must read (and re-read) for any artist. There are countless scenes I wish I directed. Most recently, I’d say the last 10 seconds of Children of Invention.