Meet the Filmmaker: John Hartman, “The Shackling”

“The Shackling”


11064617_10153162557267118_8633554484561632606_nQ: Why did you become a filmmaker?

JH: Filmmaking provides a playing field or ‘fantasy land’ sorely needed to help myself (and others like me) sift through the harsh realities of the physical world, and more: the hope to inspire other humanoids to expand consciousness…or at least laugh!

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?

JH: “The Shackling” has never screened eleswhere. It is a trailer for what might be the only VHS feature film, in the entire world, being produced at present. My hope is to keep the glitch and grain of analog films alive by paying homage to them.

Q: What else are you working on?

JH: “Retro Tube” — an analog web series respecting the Tube TV experience as it was 30-40 years ago. I use VHS and super 8 film for this purpose…it authenticates the visual experience, if nothing else.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?

JH: Only one? I fantasize about living in a TV Tube or robotic trash can…I guess that might have been done in film, before, but it has not been done by me, so I fantasize about it.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?

JH: Reel Groovy Films on youtube and Vimeo and/or reelgroovyfilms.com

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?

JH: I likely would not have pursued filmmaking as much as I have without the EFP to encourage the process.

“The Shackling” will be screening at the December 17th Emerging Filmmaker’s Project. 


Kate Lowell