Meet the Filmmaker: Lewis Leslie, “Faith”

Faith | www.lewislesliefilms.com

Faith_LewisLeslieQ: Why did you become a filmmaker?
LL: I have always had a passion for storytelling, and I’ve been writing for well over a decade. Once HD technology was available that allowed low budge filmmakers to produce quality video productions at reasonable rates, I decided to learn everything I could about the filmmaking process.

I thought, what better way to learn than by doing, and surrounding yourself with others who have more experience? That’s exactly what I did. I shot the feature film Killer Ink with Chris Romero, and from there I was hooked! That was in 2010, and I’ve been making movies ever since.

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
LL: The EFP is screening Faith, a film made for the 2014 Project Greenlight competition. Faith stars Luke Banham, Kendra Buck & Lily Clibon. It was shot & cut by Rodney Wess.

Synopsis: On the anniversary of his wife’s death, Eli meets a strange young girl who may help offer him closure.

Q: What else are you working on?
LL: Last fall, I shot my second feature, the psychological thriller Feast or Famine, that stars Emmy-winner Bill Oberst Jr, Andrew Katers, Amirah Lee Counts & Kendra Buck. It is currently in post. We’re aiming for a late 2015 release. I’m always writing, so there’s a good chance there will be more filmed this year, but nothing is set in stone.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
LL: People tend to find it strange that I make horror movies & faith – based films, but that’s just where my tastes lie. I’m gravitating mostly toward psychological thrillers these days.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
LL: Check out my website www.lewislesliefilms.com for samples & info & sign up for the mailing list for updates.

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
LL: The EFP & The Bug have been extremely kind & welcoming to me the past few years. It’s a great place to showcase films, get peer critiques & hang out with some pretty cool people!

Faith will screen January 16th at 7:00 p.m. during EFPalooza 2015 at The Bug Theatre.