Meet the Filmmaker: Matty O’Connor, “Guns, Drugs, and Synergy”

Guns, Drugs, and Synergy | vimeo.com/mattyoconnor

M.OConnor Headshot 2014Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
MO: Filmmaking is a beautiful, emotional, but challenging form of art. It’s cathartic at its best. The experience of making a movie and watching it with an audience for the first time is the best thing ever. I was about 9 or 10 years old when I saw Jim Carrey talk with his butt in Ace Ventura. I’ve pretty much been sold on making movies for the rest of my life since then.

Q: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
MO: Guns, Drugs, and Synergy. It screened at the EFP, 2012 Laugh Track Comedy Film Fest, 2012 Colorado Film School Student Showcase, and dorm rooms across America. I can neither confirm nor deny the possibility of a GDS feature.

Q: What else are you working on?
MO: I have a web series with a bunch of talented comedians coming out on Sexpotcomedy.com. It’s called Glenn Has Ideas and it stars Andy Juett as Glenn, the office problem child, and Andrew Orvedahl, his boss.

I also directed a few comedy music videos for The Pump and Dump Show that will release on thebump.com shortly.

I highly encourage all to check that stuff out, pronto.

Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
MO: I always pick out my soundtrack in the early stages, before the script is even written. I’ll burn it to a CD and listen to it all the time. It helps me visualize the scenes.

Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
MO: vimeo.com/mattyoconnor

Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
MO: I don’t know what else that probably hasn’t already been said. It’s simply amazing that the EFP gives local filmmakers this kind of opportunity. It’s also important for filmmakers to have the chance to show there work to an audience. I appreciate what the EFP does for the Denver filmmaking community. Thank you.

Guns, Drugs, and Synergy and will screen January 16th at 9:00 p.m. during EFPalooza 2015 at The Bug Theatre.