We’ve asked the filmmakers for the 11th annual Oxford Film Festival the same five questions. Meet Kate McCabe, director and writer of My Sweet. 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.
“My Sweet” is the 2nd short film in Kate McCabe’s “Love Letter Series” of shorts, following “Darling.” In this comedic piece, a woman attempts to patch up an argument with her lover.
Although experimental films are not known for their humor, My Sweet, welcomes laughter as it universally summarizes many a lovers’ spat. If you understand love, it’s limitations and enjoy jokes made in French, this short film will leave you smiling.
#2: Biggest lesson learned in getting the film made? Best part in getting the film made?
These love letter films are my first time working with a narrator in a foreign language and have been an incredible new way for me to collaborate directing voice overs and incorporating my writing into my films. I learned my writing is universally funny and that getting the ideal theme music is always imperative to setting the perfect tone for a piece.
#3: Tell us about you. What is your movie making background?
Kate McCabe lives near Joshua Tree, California where she founded the art collective Kidnap Yourself. She is an award winning independent filmmaker who’s shown films since 1995 in festivals and galleries. Sabbia, her first feature, collaboration with Brant Bjork, is distributed internationally. McCabe has also shown her paintings and photographs and published art books. Her comic book “Mojave Weather Diaries” has produced 4 books in the series, the latest released in 2013 with the world re-known High Desert Test Sites. She has taught film as a visiting artist at CalArts and UC San Diego and has worked with some of Los Angeles’ most prolific independent filmmakers including Pat O’Neill, Eli Roth and Betzy Bromberg.
Her films function as portraits, layered in metaphor, exploring the themes of celebrating the beauty in the everyday and unveiling the twilight world between daydreams and reality. Technically, she combines live action and animation, with time manipulation techniques both in-camera and with optical printing.
#4 What do you want the Oxford Film Festival audience to know about your film that isn’t obvious from its title or description?
My Sweet and the love letter series began when I ran out of money to make films and considered inventive ways to use what I already had: 16mm outtakes, my writing and collaborations with my artistic desert neighbors. The French narrator, Isa Loveless lives down the road and always has chocolate with her everywhere she goes. I paid her in coffee and hugs. The music was made by another neighbor, the talented musician Johnny Ray Martin who used to watch my dog Pickles. Once he played accordion for his dogs to howl along to and I heard the beginning of the love letters theme music. I paid J.R. in strombolis and champagne.
#5: What does the future hold in store for your film and for you?
We just recorded the voice over for the 3rd and last of the love letter series. I hope to have all three projected in an art gallery or museum in the future. In the meantime, I’m shooting a beautiful 16mm landscape film about the end of the world and a long form lyrical film about love and death that will be an expanded cinema piece with live musical accompaniment.