We’ve asked the filmmakers for the 11th annual Oxford Film Festival the same five questions. Meet Daniel Campbell, director of The Discontentment of Ed Telfair. This film will be screening Saturday, Feb. 8 at 5:15 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.
Ed Telfair is a mundane middle-aged man who’s dealing with insecurities in his life until he decides to take matters into his own hands.
The cast and crew did such a fantastic job, and I really think you’ll enjoy it.
#2: Biggest lesson learned in getting the film made? Best part in getting the film made?
The biggest lesson I learned was the importance of casting. The actors made this movie so much easier to shoot. It was critical for us to shoot quickly on this film because of the budget constraints, and the actors’ preparation and performances made that process painless.
#3: Tell us about you. What is your movie making background?
I started out in casting in 2008 on a film called NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH, starring Kate Beckinsale. After that, I decided to write a short film. I did, and we were able to get it made on a very low budget, and it picked up a couple of awards on the festival circuit. I then wrote another short film a couple years later, called “The Orderly.” We were accepted into some great festivals across the U.S. and also had the pleasure of screening it in Germany. After that, I wrote “The Discontentment of Ed Telfair.” We’ve gotten into some awesome festivals so far with it and look forward to playing in front of the Oxford crowd.
#4 What do you want the Oxford Film Festival audience to know about your film that isn’t obvious from its title or description?
That the runtime is probably shorter than it takes to say the title… I guess the main thing would be that even though it seems dark, it has some comedic elements to it (I hope).
#5: What does the future hold in store for your film and for you?
For the film, we hope to continue to get into great festivals across the globe for the next year or so.
For myself, I hope to be shooting my first feature film in the spring or fall, called Antiquities. It’s a comedy that is loosely based on my first short film. We were actually fortunate to have that short screen at Oxford as well.