Justin and his company, Color Flow Productions, have been a frequent collaborator of The Good Night Ladies. We are thrilled to be screening his film ‘Nomad’ at CUT.
Why did you become a filmmaker? It began with an obsessive habit of recording every second of my life with a camcorder with friends from highschool. We would cut together short experimental shorts with footage from our life and show each other. It wasn’t necessarily about conveying a story as it was an emotion. I’m a very nostalgic person who loves encapsulating days that are long gone and hoarding them on external hard-drives under my bed. I guess you could say I’m a memory hoarder. Thats really why I became a filmmaker. Making films nowadays is a completely different story. I love every facet of filmmaking. I especially love images, they’re like, my bread and….umm…butter.
What filmmaker inspires you the most? Why? The old french new wave guys no doubt. Mainly because they started doing whatever the fug they wanted, so their films are much more raw and true to the time in which they were filmed. So naturally I went goo goo when I discovered them, true time capsules. Just young kids running around with doing the hippest things imaginable. Like running through the louvre. I love independent cinema.
Is there a story you want to tell that you haven’t gotten the chance to yet? I feel a good approach to filmmaking is starting with what you know. Stories that take a personal stance and allow an audience an opportunity to possibly relate to your life. We create to relate. Knowwhaimsayin? Lets open the floodgates on the stories of our lives. Enough nonsense and blah blah blahing. Fuck hollywood and all that jazz. So, I want to tell the narrative of the moment of my life that I feel the most people could relate to. And I want to convey it with beautiful images that allow light to wash over our bodies and remind us of the magic of life. Simple really.