Filmmaker Kent Thomas will be presenting his film BROKEN at GFEST – Gaywise FESTival 2010 Short Film Screening 1 @ Rich Mix, 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA / Box Office: 020 7613 7498 /£8.50, £6 Cons
Thurs 11 Nov @ 7.30PM and Sat 13 Nov @ 9.30PM
GFEST 2010 film programme details on: http://www.gaywisefestival.org.uk/filmscreening.php
A few thoughts from Kent:
I see my films as something personal to me that I try and make accessible to everyone. In other words, I try to tell glbt stories with universal themes.
Most of my work (and ideas for future work) involve glbt characters and / or issues. I think the trick is to not concentrate on the “I’m gay!” aspect but, as stated above, hone in on the universal theme and bring that back to how it affects the glbt community.
The process of my film making? – A lot of rewrites, stress, headaches, false starts, and a trip to the poor house. That’s the process! I think it’s the same for every independent filmmaker. You get an idea in your head and then you go on auto-pilot. This film must get made and you really have no choice in the matter. “Whatever it takes” is our mantra.
To be honest, I don’t really see my work falling under a single label. Whatever the label, it comes down to the same thing. We’re outsiders and that’s what my films are mostly about. Actually, in my film it’s never established whether the main character is gay or not. One only assumes he’s gay because he’s a prostitute. He’s on a mission and his sexuality is never brought up.
About funding, oh, you’re going to make me cry. I self-fund it through loans and savings. We went really over-budget and I’m still trying to have everyone paid off almost a year later. I publicise or market the work just through my website and facebook. I hope to find distribution but it’s a different world for short films as opposed to feature length films.
There’s nothing new under the sun so it’s important to aspire for a finished product that has an intriguing approach.
A single wish ? – That my 60 pound pit bull would stop passing gas in the middle of the night.
Thank you Kent, for sharing your thoughts and best wishes from GFEST.
Now in its fourth year, GFEST is supported by the Mayor of London, dignitaries, Ministers and MPs from all the leading parties, various London boroughs and Arts Council England.
GFEST2010 showreel on YouTube
GFEST 2010 images on http://www.flickr.com/photos/GFEST
GFEST 2010 Short Films: http://www.flickr.com/photos/gfest/sets/72157624995610876/
GFEST 2010 showreel on YouTube
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