Why did you become a filmmaker?
ZE: I grew up obsessed with cinema. Seeing as how it was (and still remains) the least judgmental thing in my life, I have dedicated my life to it whether it was actually making a film, watching a film a day (which I work hard at continuing to do), or learning the history of the medium in all its facets. Cinema is a rare medium that allows you to share your brain with everyone else and that is irresistible.
Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
ZE: Ear Buds is a strange film from a strange period in my life. It can best be described as a dark comedy if you want to find a generic definition. Truth be told I wanted to make a weird twisted film and this is what I could come up with. It also delves into the modern world and frankly how pesky it has become thanks to my incessant need to tweet and instagram.
Q: What else are you working on?
ZE: I just finished acting in a film called ANTLERS, directed by John Strelec. It is my first foray into acting and was an interesting challenge to accept. Aside from that I am writing editorials for REEL NERDS PODCAST (occasionally appearing on the show as well), and searching for the next adventure to undertake.
Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
ZE: My films have more or less reflected a bleak outlook on life with a glimmer of hope.
Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
ZE: You can check out my articles on ReelNerdsPodcast.com My films Twombley and The Boy Who Stares are available on YouTube.
Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
ZE: What can I say that hasnt been said before? Its a wonderful venue where filmmakers get to fully express themselves. I love it and plan to submit all my films to EFP in the future.
Ear Buds will be screening at the February 18th Emerging Filmmaker’s Project.
January 17th at 8:00 p.m. $5
Red Nose State (preview) by Michael Mathews (11:15)
Twombley by Zach Eastman (16:00)
Some Days Are Better Than Others by David Quakenbush (4:09)
Guns, Drugs, and Synergy by Matty O’Connor (13:00)
Incubator by Jimmy Weber (6:24)
Monster in the Basement by Lewis Leslie (16:00)
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