Meet the Filmmaker: Jamey Hastings, “Honeybee, your dance partner is death”

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
JH: I became enamored with special effects in high school — Star Wars and Jurassic Park and George Melies. Later, I learned what I really love is telling stories of all kinds, and so far none of them have involved dinosaurs or space, but there has been a magician.

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
JH: Honeybee, your dance partner is death was created for a gallery show organized by Thom Phelps titled, Farewell to Bees. The entire show was centered around bringing awareness to the plight of bees. Thom made a giant dead bee sculpture, which was front and center and various bee art surrounded it. This film was playing in the gallery, and offered a bit of soundtrack to the experience. I hope the film inspires people to look up what is happening with honeybees and why they are so important.

Q: What else are you working on?
JH: I am in the finishing stages of a supernatural thriller called, The Dollcatcher.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
JH: At some point 6:15 a.m. became a normal time for me to start working. I still find that kind of weird.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
JH: You May Clap Productions on Facebook and Instagram, my website (http://youmayclap.com/) or Vimeo.

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
JH: Eeeee! Congrats on 20 years!

Honeybee, your dance partner is death will screen during The Emerging Filmmakers Project 20th Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, May 19th, 2022 at The Bug Theatre.