We’ve asked the filmmakers for the 11th annual Oxford Film Festival the same five questions. Meet Eric Steele, writer and director of Bob Birdnow’s Remarkable Tale of Human Survival and the Transcendence of Self. This film will be screening Friday, Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 8 at noon.
#1: In 140 characters or less, describe your movie and why someone should see it.
BOB BIRDNOW is (hopefully) an unforgettable film experience for the film-goer. The audience is taken on a journey through words - one man’s memory of a tragic event - retold in the form of a “motivational” speech.
#2: Biggest lesson learned in getting the film made? Best part in getting the film made?
The root of storytelling is still THE STORY. The great lesson I learned in making this film is that you can still grab an audience’s attention with just words.
#3: Tell us about you. What is your movie making background?
I have directed a number of short films (CORKS CATTLEBARON, TOPEKA) and have produced a number of features (PIT STOP, WUSS) but this is my feature length directorial debut.
#4 What do you want the Oxford Film Festival audience to know about your film that isn’t obvious from its title or description?
This is a film that pushes boundaries in terms of how a story is told / the medium of film. It is, essentially, a one man monologue. The film audience becomes the actual audience at the sales conference in the film. With that context in mind, surrender to the experience and I assure you that you won’t forget it.
#5: What does the future hold in store for your film and for you?
We are in discussions with distributors and hoping to release the film to a larger audience this year