Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
ARW: The 70s and 80s movies I grew up watching just made me want to live in those worlds. At some point I realized if I really wanted to see a certain kind of movie I was probably going to get saddled with making it. It’s just the greatest thing in the world.
Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
ARW: Rations is about two young girls struggling to keep their mother alive during a devastating drought after water rations are suddenly delayed. It premiered at Denver Film Festival in 2016 and since it’s had a decent little festival run around the country. The last handful of screenings are coming up now and then we’re putting it online this October 17th.
Q: What else are you working on?
ARW: Right now we’re developing some new feature films that I hope we can talk about soon. I’m excited about how that’s coming along but there’s a lot more to do. I’m also in the midst promoting our new film Mama, filmed entirely in Beijing. Nikie Perlmutter (the writer and co-producer of Rations) is about to direct a film she wrote called A Ceremony for Me, You and Everyone We Knew and I’m excited about that one too.
Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
ARW: I hope my movies feel like a bit of a fantasy. I hope they feel big, like larger than life scenarios but with small stories that hit on a emotional level. I also hope each one feels different than the last.
Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
ARW: ARWorks Motion Picture Company is on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube and Vimeo. You can also see more soon at ARWorksfilm.com
Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
ARW: The Bug and The Emerging Filmmakers Project has been and will probably always be Denvers ultimate hub for independent work, excellent networking and a reminder that the community here truly loves what they do. Infinite inspiration.
Rations will screen during The Emerging Filmmakers Project on Thursday, August 15th at The Bug Theatre.