We’ve asked the filmmakers for the 11th annual Oxford Film Festival the same five questions. Meet Brett Frank, co-producer, co-writer and actor with Bellringer. This film will be screening Saturday, Feb. 8 at 1 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 9 at 4:15 p.m.
#1: In 140 characters or less, describe your movie and why someone should see it.
BELLRINGER was an official entry and award winner in the Memphis 48 Hour Film Project. It is a dark comedy that encourages viewers to be mindful of how they treat others and the consequences that may occur if they don’t live by the golden rule. When an outsider makes his initial visit to Cherry’s Bar, his behavior and antics create quite the scene. Despite efforts to calm him down, there’s no stopping him until the bartender offers him the house special, BELLRINGER. Trust us, it’s one helluva drink! BELLRINGER is a fun ride featuring all Oxford talent and crew.
#2: Biggest lesson learned in getting the film made? Best part in getting the film made?
BELLRINGER was an official entry into the Memphis 48 Hour Film Project. After drawing our genre and being given a character, line, and prop that were required to be included, our team had 48 hours to write, shoot, edit, score, and submit our final product. It was truly a team project and everyone involved was instrumental to its success. Probably the biggest lesson learned was time management and prioritizing the various aspects required in finishing our film in the time allotted. The best part was working with such a great and talented group of Oxford residents!
#3: Tell us about you. What is your movie making background?
A basketball coach of 20 years, I was given an opportunity to work with James V. Bulian on his short film,”Long Black Limousine” in March 2013. It was my first film project and I immediately caught the film bug. Melanie Addington was a huge resource in helping me locate various websites and groups that serve as networks for the entertainment industry and through her guidance, I’ve appeared in three short films and 3 feature length films. Additionally, I’ve had the chance to work on sets as a production assistant and boom operator.
#4 What do you want the Oxford Film Festival audience to know about your film that isn’t obvious from its title or description?
This is a true Oxford effort! All participants were Oxford residents and the film was shot entirely in Oxford. Additionally, BELLRINGER was crowned the winner of the crowd-pleaser award at the Memphis 48 Hour Film Project.
#5: What does the future hold in store for your film and for you?
I’ve been devoting some time to writing and researching for a couple of new projects. I’m hoping to be as involved as possible in the Mississippi Film community for many years to come!