Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
MD: When I was about 6 years old, my dad rented Sam Raimi’s Army of Darkness. I ended up grabbing it one afternoon and watching it with a friend. Outside of finding the film hysterical, something clicked in my soul. The camera movement was so fluid and unique to me, that it was the first time I really grasped what a filmmaker actually was. Soon after I started making my own films in the backyard and finding out that it’s probably the most fun thing to do. And, it just kept going from there.
Q: What are we going to see at EFPalooza? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
MD: A film I made called Abductee, an alien abduction film horror film. It has only been screened at EMF. My plans with it are just to put it on YouTube to share with the world, currently.
Q: What else are you working on?
MD: I’m finishing up another horror short right now, about found footage, and YouTube fame. After that, I’m working on a bigger project that lies somewhere between Invader Zim and Stranger Things. So we’ll see how that goes!
Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
MD: Basically in every thing I do I steal from Sam Raimi one way or another. Sort of my way of paying homage to the guy who sparked my imagination.
Q: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
MD: Currently, just my YouTube channel, which should get more love, but that’s where all my work ends up.
Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about EFPalooza or The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
MD: I think it’s an amazing way for up and coming filmmakers to share their work and meet new people in the community! Plus, the Q&A’s are pretty fun!
Abductee will screen Friday, February 22nd at 9:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre as part of the Dark, SciFi & Horror Shorts block during the 2019 EFPalooza Film Festival.