Meet the Filmmaker: Mark Roeder, “The Low Road, Baby”

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Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
MR: I took a screenwriting class in college, and decided that’s what I wanted to do, because I love writing and movies. I like coming up with ideas and constructing stories. I love acting and filmmaking, so I thought I’d like to direct my own scripts. I dreamed about it and did it on the side, then went to Colorado Film School and have been making short films, writing features, and acting to hone my craft.

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
MR: THE LOW ROAD, BABY shows a custody battle that gets out of hand on a highway overpass in roaring traffic. Its 4 minutes of fun, light hearted, fast paced action. The Low Road, Baby screens at film festivals around the world, like Bare Bones, Action On Film, Hoboken, Denver Comic Con, Fester, Blissfest, Galaxy Fest, World Arts, Lemington Spa Underground Cinema, Columbia Gorge, and more. It has surpassed my expectations and actually won 5 awards. I’ll take the Low Road, Baby as far as the road goes.

Q: What else are you working on?
MR: I am rewriting a trippy time travel feature I’ve been getting feedback on and developing to make next. I have recently finished a new short called Fire Ripples, about an escaped mental patient who is chased into a raging forest fire and drags a female fire fire into the fire. He may be insane, but he seems to think he can tame wildfire. Fire Ripples involves pyrotechnics, body burns, and my role as a mental patient. Fire Ripples screens at Galaxy Fest in February in Colorado Springs. .

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
MR: My films are unique, ambitious, and twisted. I’m a “delightfully demented” “mad genius” according to Fester Film Festival in L.A. I have a short film called The Crippler, about a girl who falls out of love with her boyfriend when he throws her out a window and cripples her, so she hires The Crippler to cripple her boyfriend. Or The Meatman, which is about a butcher turned scientist who feeds diseased meat to his assistant. The meat eats into his brain and he turns the tables on the evil meatman. Some of my films are comedic but not everyone finds them funny. Some mothers may not find a baby dangling over a bridge above highway traffic funny, yet The Low Road, Baby and The Crippler can get huge laughs.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
MR: https://www.facebook.com/TheLowRoadBaby, https://www.facebook.com/FireRipples, https://www.facebook.com/MarkRoederACTS, http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0736299/, https://twitter.com/MarkRoederActs

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
MR: The Emerging Filmmakers project is awesome. The quality of films and turnout is high and they have a free keg of beer to loosen people up. They’ve built up a dedicated fan base that comes out month after month. Its a great place to screen films and hosts, like Patrick Sheridan, are fun and require a creative “arbitrary rating” from the audience when they ask questions.

The Low Road, Baby will screen January 17th at 5:00 p.m. during EFPalooza 2015 at The Bug Theatre.