Meet the Filmmaker: John Pempek, “The Phlebotomist”

Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
JP: This was my first film, so I don’t know if I’d call myself a filmmaker just yet. I did this film because my friend Rion of Rhinomist Productions threw out a challenge to filmmakers with the them of “interview.” I gave it some thought, told Rion about my idea and he pushed me to make my writing/directorial debut.

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
JP: The film was was also recently made and Official Selection and Official Finalist Selection Above and Beyond in the horror category for the Frostbite International Film Festival.

Q: What else are you working on?
JP: I am currently writing an action flick, Rion of Rhinomist Productions and I have wanted to do a fight for quite some time and with my MMA and Professional wrestling training I really want to incorporate that into something action packed and fun. I also currently do a lot of comic writing in particular my weekly comic strip Just Breathe the Comic. A comic strip mostly about the life of a male nurse.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
JP: I have to constantly remind Rion to remove the fart noises he initially edits into the film to crack me up when I view them.

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

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
JP: Thank you for your recognition and this opportunity. It means a lot to myself and my amazing cast.

The Phlebotomist will screen at The Emerging Filmmakers Project on Thursday, May 18th at The Bug Theatre.