MEET THE FILMMAKER: Connor McIntyre.
We first heard about Connor McIntyre’s ambitious film Sisyphean through its lead actor, Jason Lawton. Jason was generous with his praise for the movie and for Connor’s ability as a filmmaker. A subsequent viewing revealed why Jason spoke so highly of the young filmmaker.
Sisyphean is a Western tale that could easily be described as being about a man in a red shirt who delivers a package through the snow. Uh, wait a minute. Is that right? Well, then that’s reason enough to include it with other Holiday-themed movies playing December 20th at the Emerging Filmmakers Project (EFP) down at The Bug Theater (3654 Navaho St.).
EFP Host Patrick Sheridan caught up with Connor to talk about the movie and his next project Come, Ye Men of Little Faith.
P.S.: Why filmmaking?
C.M.: A life of pathological lying which led to an obsession with storytelling. It always seemed like the logical progression. I wanted to be a writer for a long time, then I wanted to be a playwright, then I made a few stop motion short films and I fell in love with the medium. Filmmaking is freeing, cathartic, and allows me to explore thoughts and beliefs in an unrestricted state. And here I am.
P.S.: What are we going to see at the EFP? What was the inspiration behind it?
C.M.: I’m showing my film Sisyphean. It was my final thesis film in school and it was born out of a few things. At first I really just wanted to make a western. I was raised on westerns, and I thought a western would help push me out into the world. But then I considered what story I’d want to tell throughout the western. At the time I was thinking a lot about what life in film school was like. It was this uphill battle, where I’d throw myself into something and struggle to get through it, struggle to get it made, and at the end some people would love it and other people wouldn’t and that was it, you know? That was the end of it. Then I’d go back down and I’d start all over again. So I decided to frame the story around the myth of Sisyphus, he felt like a kindred spirit to filmmakers. This guy who had to find meaning in a task without hope. And that’s how I felt about film school. Each of the characters are representations of either myself, teachers, or other students I encountered throughout my schooling career.
P.S.: What else are you working on?
C.M.: I’m currently in pre-production on a feature film titled, Come, Ye Men of Little Faith. It’s a crime-drama centered around an old washed up gambler named Arthur and the relationship he develops with a lonely pickpocket. We’re currently locked in a state of financial woe, but we want to start shooting in Spring.
P.S.: Tell us one weird thing about you and/or your movies?
C.M.: My films often tell stories about self-destructive men on paths of failed redemption. I hope this doesn’t mean anything.
P.S.: Uh, I’m pretty sure it does. So, where can people go to find out more about you and your work?
C.M.: If interested, people can check out my Vimeo page at http://vimeo.com/user3497696 or check out my new film’s website at littlefaithmovie.com
P.S.: Is there anything you’d like to say about The Emerging Filmmakers Project?
C.M.: I’m deeply appreciative and honored to be included amongst a variety of incredibly talented filmmakers. It’s a groovy idea having a dedicated monthly show to screen films from upcoming filmmakers in the area. Especially in Denver where the film community could and should thrive.
P.S.: I look forward to seeing more great work from you!