We’ve asked the filmmakers for the 11th annual Oxford Film Festival the same five questions. Meet Edward Valibus, co-writer and director of Songs in the Key of Death. This film will be screening Friday, Feb.7 at 4 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 9 at 4:30 p.m.
#1: In 140 characters or less, describe your movie and why someone should see it.
It’s an honest look at chasing the American dream for a small business owner. It also has pitch-perfect, piano-tuning zombies in it.
#2: Biggest lesson learned in getting the film made? Best part in getting the film made?
Biggest lesson learned: Back-up plans and back-up-back-up plans are a necessity. Malfunctioning gear, weather, and scheduling could have easily killed this film but we kept finding ways to keep rolling right along.
The best part about filming is having a lot of funny and creative people around on set. Ideas, improv, and thinking of new ways to play a scene really increased the quality of the film.
#3: Tell us about you. What is your movie making background?
I’ve been making independent films and music videos for over 8 years now in Memphis, TN. I created Corduroy Wednesday Films senior year of college with fellow classmates Erik Morrison (Director of Photography) and Benjamin Rednour (Audio). We’ve recently been collaborating with filmmaker G.B. Shannon and coming up with some wonderful new material. My dream is
to make a Hollywood big-budget version of Mega Man with kung-fu robots fighting to a dub step soundtrack. I like to aim high and low at the same time.
#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’ve heard that zombies are cliche now. Trust me, you haven’t seen zombies done like this. Those poor, poor zombies….
#5: What does the future hold in store for your film and for you?
SITKOD (Songs in the Key of Death) is just starting the festival circuit. We hope to play a lot of big fests worldwide but we’re also targeting horror/fantasy/underground fests and also Con conventions. For me, I’ve completed two feature length screenplays and am focusing on writing many more projects this year. I also hope to meet a big-time producer who really likes Mega Man.