Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
JW: I am a writer first and foremost; of music, comic books, and film. But I have a passion for creating and directing projects as well, and a love for film.
Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
JW: This is a short film called Fear of Flying It is a scene from a feature length script that I wrote. It’s about anxiety, phobias, and identity. The feature is called How to Heal and is about a YouTube host who helps people overcome their fears while being themself afraid to leave their apartment.
Q: What else are you working on?
JW: I just released a graphic novel called Twilight Custard, and am working on a few more comic projects. As far as the film world, I am trying to meet friends and collaborators here in the Denver area to create with. I’ve written three short films recently and would love to work with some people locally to make one or all of them happen. My ultimate goal is to find a team to make a contained feature length film.
Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
JW: I usually find my ideas from unusual places. I like to find the smallest kernel of something and pull it apart into story. My novel Twilight Custard came from a random band name generator online. I loved the title so much, I had to figure out what it meant.
Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
JW: I think this is such a wonderful thing that you all are doing, and I am so thankful to be a part of it. Independent art in any medium is so much better with a community of people willing to lift each other up. Don’t hesitate to reach out to me, or come up to me at this event. I’m excited to meet everyone, and can’t wait to see what we make together.
Fear of Flying will screen during The Emerging Filmmakers Project 20th Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, June 16th, 2022 at The Bug Theatre.