We’ve asked the filmmakers for the 11th annual Oxford Film Festival the same five questions. Meet Meaghin Burke, director of Killer Kudzu, the Oxford Film Festival community film. This film will be opening the film festival on Thursday, Feb. 6 and playing numerous times throughout the weekend.
#1: In 140 characters or less, describe your movie and why someone should see it.
It’s a lighthearted botanical horror movie that celebrates Oxford. This may be your only chance to see a beloved chemistry professor get attacked by a plant.
#2: Biggest lesson learned in getting the film made? Best part in getting the film made?
“I learned that Oxford is an amazing place to make films. People’s generosity and support were truly unbelievable.
I have a ton of great memories from working on the film, but here’s one of the best: we were shooting on the Square, and a young lady, Laken, and her family were watching us work. We were running shorthanded, so I asked her if she wanted to operate the slate for us. It was really special to get to include a young person who is passionate about film.
#3: Tell us about you. What is your movie making background?
The first film I participated in was The Show Must Go On, the Oxford Film Festival’s community film from 2011. Getting to act in that film inspired me to learn even more about the craft, so I started taking weekend workshops and studying. From there, I’ve been lucky enough to be included in several local projects in a variety of roles.
#4 What do you want the Oxford Film Festival audience to know about your film that isn’t obvious from its title or description?
No kudzu was harmed in the making of this film.
#5: What does the future hold in store for your film and for you?
I’m in pre-production on a short film that deals with slightly less paranormal (and less botanic) themes. It’s the first film I’ve written myself, and I’m very excited about getting started on it!