We’ve asked the filmmakers for the 11th annual Oxford Film Festival the same five questions. Meet Greg Hanks, writer and director of “Kitties - a short film.” This film will be screening Saturday, Feb. 8 at 1 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m.
#1: In 140 characters or less, describe your movie and why someone should see it.
Homage to Night of the Living Dead/The Wizard of Oz, Kitties was also an excuse to get family together and make something with meaning.
#2: Biggest lesson learned in getting the film made? Best part in getting the film made?
Shotguns hurt your jaw. I thought I broke mine during the fight scene when I landed on the gun. Not fun times.
The best part of getting the film made was introducing my niece and nephew to the world of filmmaking and also seeing my daughter on screen.
#3: Tell us about you. What is your movie making background?
I’m a recent graduate with a Masters degree in public relations. I’ve loved movies my whole life and now have the opportunity to work with actors and other entertainers promoting their careers. My wife is the film talent. She graduated from USM with degrees in both film and art and now owns her own video production company.
#4 What do you want the Oxford Film Festival audience to know about your film that isn’t obvious from its title or description?
We shot it on Saturday and had it uploaded on Monday. It really could be a commercial for my company Southernerds (and may well be). We really wanted to get across the educational aspect of using your imagination and to let everyone know that with enough desire, everyone can make a movie.
#5: What does the future hold in store for your film and for you?
The film will probably be used as a commercial for our company Southernerds in the near future. Hopefully, we will get the chance to shoot something else soon. The ideas are there waiting, but the time isn’t as cooperative.
Follow the film on Facebook and Greg Hanks on Twitter @jghanks.