Meet the Filmmaker: Mark Sbani, “Born Fool”

Born Fool

sbaniQ: Why did you become a filmmaker?
MS: BORN FOOL was written as a play for the theatre. I directed it myself as a short film because I didn’t wanna wait to see it. I wanted a calling card I could hand to strangers, “here is one of my plays fully-realized.” I figured they’re more inclined to watch a DVD than read the play.

Q: What else are you working on?
MS: I just finished a screenplay called, BLUE BEAR, with a friend of mine and we’re trying to get that produced.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
MS: Great question! My film was shot in an old Jewish cemetery right off Colfax, in Lakewood. It was called “Golden Hills” cemetery. About a month later, I found myself delivering the eulogy for my wife’s father, who I was close with, at another Jewish cemetery, but in Colorado Springs. He died in a nearby park called “Golden Hills” park. Also, while we were filming, a coyote ran across the graveyard, right through the set. He looked at us and smiled, then crashed into a chain-link fence. We saw him flip backwards and land, almost like a pratfall. Anyway, it scuttled over to the old section of the cemetery. We didn’t get it on tape, unfortunately, but I looked up what the coyote represents and they symbolize “the Joker.”

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
MS: Just go online and type my name into YouTube, Colorado Public Radio or Google. I also make postcards – they’re on sale at Time Capsule Framing in Denver.

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
MS: I look forward to thanking you in person.

Born Fool will screen November 29th at 8:00 p.m. during Film Novella & Feature Fest 2015 at The Bug Theatre.