Meet the Filmmaker: Chris Freeman, “Mr. Fuffles”

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
CF: Since I was a little kid, I’ve always been obsessed with movies; often watching the entertaining ones over and over. I’ve also always been equally fascinated with the process of making movies; I was that kid who actually watched all the special features on a DVD/Blu Ray. I have always seen film as art, which is probably why I feel I get so much out of it as a viewer and creator. Film has always been my one passion, and I woke up one day a few years ago and said, now is the time. My wife, Rachel Freeman, also loves film and decided she was up for becoming a film editor on these movies we make together.
Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
CFMr. Fuffles is a comedy-horror set during Christmas. I’ve always loved horror movies set during Christmas; the neon lighting, the contrast of darkness with what’s supposed to be a peaceful holiday, and the dark humor. Mr. Fuffles has been selected into three film festivals, including the Dickens Horror Film Festival, the Big Terror Horror Short Film Festival, and the Frostbite International Film Festival. The screening at the Dickens Horror Film Festival is on Saturday, October 21st in Longmont, CO; it takes place in the haunted Dickens Opera House.
Q: What else are you working on?
CF: I previously mentioned our next film was a thriller called Speed Trap. However, this has been delayed to 2018. We have a couple horror films we are planning to shoot this fall and winter before tackling Speed Trap again next year.
Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
CF: We have two chihuahuas: Lula Mae and Daisy Rey. Lula has made it into our first two short films, Girl Meets Germs and Mr. Fuffles. In Girl Meets Germs, she can be seen on the wall in an Andy Warhol-style print behind Mikaela as she wipes down the table. In Mr. Fuffles, she is again on the wall in the form of a Christmas card, wearing a Santa hat. It’s turned into a Where’s Waldo hunt for those paying attention. Poor Daisy has not been featured yet on screen, so maybe it’s her turn.
Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
CF: The EFP is a great resource for new and established filmmakers in Colorado. The EFP crowd and community are both fun and supportive. I am grateful for the opportunity, and thankful for the hard work the EFP crew puts into programming/screening the event each month.
Mr. Fuffles will screen at The Emerging Filmmakers Project on Thursday, October 19th at The Bug Theatre.