Meet the Filmmaker: Jeremy Mercer, “Lured”

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
JM: Growing up I obsessed over films and how they were made. I probably watched more behind the scenes footage than actual movies. The magic of filmmaking and the collaborative nature of it all always fascinated me. As I grew older I never thought it was something I could really pursue myself, but a few years ago I had an epiphany of sorts. I told myself that if this is something that I love and that I’m passionate about then why waste life not pursuing it.

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
JM: It’s a project with a specific message that I haven’t seen represented in other films. I’ve seen countless videos and shorts about the dangers of the internet, but not quite like this. Lured has screened at the Northeast Wisconsin Horror Film Festival and I’m currently looking into get it shown in a few more festivals before the end of the year.

Q: What else are you working on?
JM: I’m currently finishing pre production on another short that I will be filming in the next few months and I’m also working on completing a feature script.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
JM: The film is based off of a popular YouTube video that caught my attention late one night. The idea for this script hit me right away and I knew that this was going to be the basis for my next short film.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
JM: I have a website, www.jeremymercerfilms.com, where I post my short films and any updates on upcoming screening or future films.

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
JM: I am very excited to check out The Emerging Filmmakers Project, this is my first time attending, and I’m grateful to be a part of it! I cannot wait to meet more local filmmakers and to share my work with you all!

Lured will screen at The Emerging Filmmakers Project on Thursday, April 20th at The Bug Theatre.