Meet the Filmmaker: Don Markus, “Trevor & Janelle”

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
DM: As an actor and improviser in Chicago, it was a natural progression to get behind the camera and start creating content. For me, filmmaking is an extension of acting, and all under the umbrella of storytelling.

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
DM: It’s a short comedy poking fun at a Denver couple who have no idea what they’re doing in the mountains. Logline: Ill-prepared for the mountains, Trevor & Janelle realize they’ve brought the wrong map, are lost, and have dwindling food rations.

Q: What else are you working on?
DM: Currently working on a handful of short films and pushing towards a first feature film.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
DM: This short was completely improvised by the fabulous Wolfgang Stein & Stephanie Jones. I had a loose outline: This is the moment you realize you’re lost. Now what? My wonderful wife Brittany Markus and I were behind the camera and Spencer Nelson ran audio. Once we got set, we essentially said to Wolf and Stephanie, “Ok, go.” They then did what they do best! You can, and should, go see Stephaine in Barkley & Makeshift Shakespeare at https://voodoocomedy.com/ You can catch Wolf around town often at Voodoo as well.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
DM: https://www.joywreck.com/narrative-films/trevor-janelle

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
DM: Thank you so much for having us. It is great to have a place like The Emerging Filmmakers Project for us filmmakers to show our work.

Trevor & Janelle will screen at The Emerging Filmmakers Project on Thursday, April 18th at The Bug Theatre.