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Having been a filmmaker for going on 10 years now. Jaysen has written 20 screenplays and directed many of them. He is also an actor who works with some of the top producers and directors in the southeast.
The first thing you notice about Jaysen is that he is an eloquent conversationalist.The next thing that became evident when asking about the movies he watched as a kid, is that he loves horror. Raised on the classics by his dad. I'm sure he will pass it on to his own son, and to us, through his filmmaking.
Don't Let The Light In is a good example. A tale of a young boy and his babysitter. As we are getting to know Sarah and Jack, the boy nonchalantly mentions that he has monsters in his room. Sarah patronizes the child but is surprised at what she discovers.
"The biggest thing I found at Cannes Film Festival is that every single teeny tiny moment is potentially a big moment of networking."
Kira never ceases to amaze me with her enthusiasm and ability to be at the right place at the right time. Her next project, Big Little Filmmaker (due to launch on the 1st of November), is a website and company devoted to young filmmakers and film festivals for students as well as job opportunities for young filmmaking talent and crews.
We wish her the best with her new venture and hope she still has the time to continue making the creative films she's best known for.
Read our latest interview with Kira and if you're between the ages of 12 and 22 go to the link below and add you name and email address to be notified of the launch and other activities.
"My ASCAP royalty checks went from a lot to almost nothing."
Micah Troublefield loves filmmaking. Writing, filming, directing, editing... whatever is thrown at him. But, his main passion is storytelling.
A partner in the Strawhouse Pictures gang of four along with Brian Oxendine, Anil Dhokai, and Chris Gervais. They have the ability and sensibility to make quality movies and that's just what they've been doing.
One of those movies is a short film called The Gospel of Hip Bones premiering this week at the Indie Grits Film Festival in Columbia, South Carolina. Starring Erika Chase, Ernest Bryant Hinnant, Benjamin Caswell, Patrick G. Keenan, and Janice Mitchell Wyatt. Co-written and directed by Micah and Chris Gervais it is a story about a couple of Mormon young men like the ones on bicycles with white shirts and black ties you see going door to door in your neighborhood. More importantly it is a behind the scenes look at these teenagers and some of the normal distractions of growing up. Such as discovering the wonders of young girls.
Here's what Anil Dhokai, a friend since high school and accomplished director/cinematographer, had to say about Micah. "Micah is a good friend and long time collaborator. His films are some are some of my favorite projects to come out of Stawhouse pictures. The humor and style of his stories reflect shows like Freaks and Geeks as well as early John Hughes' movies."
Below is a conversation I had with Micah last year.
The Kickstarter to raise funds for Tree Hugger is nearing it's end with one more day to go. The goal is about halfway met but the funds will only be available if fully funded. Kira is very generous with her time whether it is exposing new talent in her cast and crew or calling attention to social issues in the films she creates.
"The film takes place on a world where there is no longer any life - just an endless sea of graves - and a personification of Death has grown terribly bored without any more life to take. When she (yes, Death is a "she" in the film's world) meets a hapless steam-powered Robot who has been secretly sustaining an underground greenhouse for centuries, an unlikely friendship emerges between them - but at a severe cost..." - Alex Thompson