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Take 5 with “Walking Inland”

We’ve asked the filmmakers for the 11th annual Oxford Film Festival the same five questions. Meet Chris Boniello, creator of “Walking Inland.” This film will be screening Saturday, Feb.8 at 11:30 a.m. and Sunday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m.

#1: In 140 characters or less, describe your movie and why someone should see it.

We spend hours reminiscing about past days. With this project I explored these ideas using a process based method of film-making. VHS + 16mm

#2: Biggest lesson learned in getting the film made? Best part in getting the film made?

The biggest lesson I learned was that film itself can be used as a material. It can change the viewers perception of how an image interacts with the medium it is formed upon. I also learned that my memories of childhood moments weren’t quite as accurate as I remembered. The best part of getting my film made were the reactions I received when people saw the final version. I felt that I accomplished my goal, and my processed-based filmmaking took a large step forward.

#3: Tell us about you. What is your movie making background?

I fell in love with movie-making when I first figured out how to use my dad’s old VHS camera. I tried to make stop motion films with Godzilla toys - which never looked good. Then onto skateboard videos with friends. After making a short documentary in high school I decided I wanted to continue filmmaking as a career. I studied Cinema & Photography at Ithaca College in New York. I made a lot of terrible student films and a few good ones. Being in film school introduced me to film as a material. I continued to experiment with that idea on my personal projects. I spent the next few years as an assistant editor in Brooklyn and making shorts on the side. I recently went on an adventure to San Francisco and I’m not sure where the future will take me.

#4 What do you want the Oxford Film Festival audience to know about your film that isn’t obvious from its title or description?

I was on a deadline to make a film and I broke my leg. So I decided to throw out the script I had been working on, and start painting some 16mm film. While I was recovering from surgery, I found some VHS tapes and wondered what effect could be created by mixing these completely different aesthetics in one short film.

#5: What does the future hold in store for your film and for you?

Hopefully tons of fun and many more films. I continue to write scripts with my friends and edit commercials to pay the rent. I’m hope this film makes people look differently at film as a material. I’m currently painting some 35mm film and the results are beautiful!

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