Meet the Filmmaker: Steven Fox, “Out Spot!”

EFP: Why did you become a filmmaker?

SF: I became a filmmaker because at the time I was doing a lot of theatre and wanted to branch out and tell a different kind of story that could be more visceral, and I ended up falling in love with the musicality of the camera in concert with the performers. 

EFP: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?

SF: You are going to see Out Spot! which is a short adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” told from the point of view of Lady Macbeth as she slips deeper and deeper into the nightmare state of her “out, damned spot” sequence. It has screen at the Horsetooth International Film Festival in the fall of 2020 as well as the Shakespeare Shorts Film Festival in 2019 where it won its category of best short film inspired by a Shakespeare play and was review by Sir Kenneth Branagh “This is a really confident, kinetic pocket-epic. The images are bold, the colour palette is striking. The relish for a gothic psychology underlying this murderous nightmare is wonderfully explored. It’s another visually striking, beautifully integrated account in miniature, of the play’s ferocious energy. Performances of urgent intensity light up the film like the garish grab of the spectacular exteriors. A Shakespeare short that catches you by the throat and does not let go.”

EFP: What else are you working on?

SF: On October 22nd, 2021 a film I have produced, another “Macbeth” inspired film, calle Peter Anthony’s: Sleep No More will have its world premiere at the Lyric Cinema Cafe in Fort Collins, CO at 7pm. The film began as a Front Range Community College stageplay production of “Macbeth” that was shutdown by COVID-19 just two weeks from opening. We then transformed the production into a feature film that summer. I have also completed a short film entitled Hecate that is a graphic-novel-like examination of the story of “Macbeth” told through the perspective of the witch goddess Hecate.

EFP: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?

SF: I am clearly fascinated by the works of William Shakespeare, and though I make films and content around other subjects, I am great influenced by those masterpieces.

EFP: Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?

SF: stevenfox.net and factorfivefilms.com

EFP: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?

SF: I am very grateful this organization exists and gives an avenue for new and unknown voices to be heard and their films to be seen.

Out Spot! will screen during The Emerging Filmmakers Project on Thursday, October 21st, 2021 at The Bug Theatre.