Q: Why did you become a filmmaker?
WB: I have always been a story-teller and can spin a yarn about the most innocuous of events of my life. I love engaging with people at a “human experience” level, and laughing at myself is a virtue. Despite that, it took my until just a few years ago to find my voice and actually write-write. Since then I cannot seem to stop the flood of stories and have recently been composing 3 scripts at once.
Q: What are we going to see at EFPalooza? Has it screened elsewhere and what are your plans for it?
WB: This was a fun little effort for the annual “24-hour film race” where we had from 8PM Friday through 8PM Saturday to create a film from nothing more than a theme, a prop, and an action. Christian Chacon got a bunch of friends together to throw our proverbial hat in the ring. He, Marla Kalin, and I wrote for a few hours, then Stephen Steinbacher directed and he and Milad Sami filmed. Bruce Miles produced. And a whole cast of crazies stayed up all night to act!
Q: What else are you working on?
WB: Our feature length romantic comedy mockumentary ColoradoLand is premiering for family & friends March 15th. We just wrapped episode 1 of Replicant Terminus: Revelation series based on the BladeRunner universe on which I’m an active writer. I am in production on my short film noir thriller Silk. And I am composing an unusual western.
Q: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
WB: In my solo work I am a word-smith and very particular about word choice for characters. I also try to sprinkle-in literary or film allusions into all I do — we stand on the shoulders of giants, after all, and emulation is the sincerest form of flattery!
Q: Is there anything you’d like to say about EFPalooza or The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
WB: I love the EFP and the Bug and it’s board. They are keeping indie film alive: from cell-phone movies to Red camera films, silents, experimental, regional. They give us all a moment to shine, to have our voices heard, to connect with others and support each other.
Darling Nikki will screen Saturday, March 21st at 6:00 p.m. at The Bug Theatre as part of the Saturday Evening Shorts block during the 2020 EFPalooza Film Festival.