MEET THE FILMMAKER: Lewis Leslie.
Lewis is screening the “The Music Box” October 18th at The Emerging Filmmakers Project (EFP), Denver’s longest-running, locals-only independent film screening event. EFP Host Patrick Sheridan, who worked on “The Music Box” recently caught up with Lewis.
LL: I have been writing screenplays for about ten years. In 2010, after being part of a few small productions, I realized that I wanted to be more involved in the filmmaking process. I jumped right in, directing the feature film “Killer Ink”. Many doors have opened, and I have directed 9 short films since. I will be directing my 10th next month.
PS: What are we going to see at the EFP? Has it screened elsewhere. What are your plans for it?
LL: We are showing “The Music Box”. It’s a movie about a couple that has grown apart because it takes all their energy just to make it through each day. This film won best picture in the 1 Story 3 Visions contest held by the Phenom Film Fest Sept 6th-9th in Shreveport/Bossier City, Louisiana.
PS: A little side note to our readers: I was offered the role of the husband. I jumped at it because Lewis had already cast one of my favorite people, local actors Laura Mayo. I then helped out with the script and helped produce it. I even helped teak the final edit with the movie’s extraordinary editor, Ryan Carroll. Thanks for letting me be part of it, Lewis.
LL: You’re welcome.
PS: What else are you working on?
LL: Under Fire Studios’ feature film “Killer Ink” is being re-cut, and will screen this winter in Denver. My first faith-based film “One Way” is filming at the beginning of November. My short film “The Monster in the Basement” is nearing completion. It’s part of a feature-length horror anthology titled “The Dead Speak Tales”.
PS: Tell us one weird thing about you or your movies.
LL: I like to use names of friends and family as characters in my films.
PS: Anything else you’d like us to know about?
LL: I have always had a deep love for film. I am very grateful to have a community like there is here in Denver to practice and showcase my work.
PS: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
LL: EFP is a great way to showcase local films and meet local filmmakers. I’m really looking forward to the screening on the 18th!