Guest Blogger- Maxime Gilbert
The Show Me Justice Film Festival is on April 7th and 8th at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Missouri. As the festival approaches, guest blogger Maxime Gilbert discusses Dime, an official selection of the 2016 Show Me Justice Film Festival.
After going through the worst year of my life (the details of which I won’t bore you with), I made a last minute decision to enter the New York 2015 Twenty-Four Hour Film Race. I saw this as an opportunity to rekindle my love of filmmaking which had, over the course of the year, almost completely disappeared. Almost.
We were able to assemble a team of actresses pretty quickly, but had all the trouble in the world finding a sound mixer. So much so, that we almost decided to pull the plug on theshoot altogether. At the very, very last minute, we were able to save the day. We completed the film and sent it to the festival within the required time frame. I felt a great satisfaction knowing that not only were we able to send it on time, but also that my love of filmmaking was alive and well.
But, this was an international competition and I had not shot anything in over a year, so my expectations for the film were very modest. If I could somehow make it to the top 24, that was all I could have hoped for.
Boy, was I in for a surprise.
In the end we were awarded, by a panel of judges which included director Tamra Davis (Billy Madison), screenwriter Bryan Cogman (Game of Thrones), director Peter Care (The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys), director Elodie Keene (The Wire) and Barbara Morgan, co-founder of the Austin Film Festival, “Best Film”, as well as “Best Acting Ensemble,” and “Best Writing”. We had placed first.
Personally, I see every project as a learning experience and a chance to grow, not only as a filmmaker, but also as a human being. This film, in many ways, helped save my filmmaking career and got me through a really dark period in my life. Today, things are good.
Dime itself talks about not being accepted for who you are and what you stand for. It is about having to make hard choices and letting things, as well as people, go. I chose to write the script from the perspective of a interracial lesbian couple who have adopted a child together. It centers on the disapproval of certain family members and the effects it has on the couple, as well as their daughter.
The version of the film that will be screened during the festival has been polished, of course, but is very close to the original edit that was created, from A to Z, in exactly 24 hours.