We had tickets to watch a block of shorts featuring Producer Arthur Hooker’s directorial short film debut at Action On Film Festival in Pasadena, California, and we couldn’t make the screening – Duoh! But we stalked Arthur after his screening and he indulged us, answering some questions:
On his short film – Stalker’s Dating Guide – screening tonight @ Action On Film Festival: Stalker’s Dating Guide was a really fun piece to direct. It’s a story about Stacey Wolfe played by actress Joanie Bannister, who finds herself “Creatively Observing” men whom she is interested in. The story becomes really interesting as she is tricked by her best friend Wendall (Andrew Sensenig) into attending a Stalker’s Anonymous meeting.
On Stalker’s nominations @ Action On Film Festival: We won 2 out of the three awards we were nominated for. Joanie Bannister (also nominated for best actress) won the award for Best Produced Screenplay. The writing team comprised of Joanie Bannister, James Arnette and Myself won the award for best comedy short screenplay.
On transitioning from being a feature film producer to directing: The transition was good. I think that this project was a great way to implement a lot of what I learned from producing Borland as well as utilizing my extensive back ground with actors in theater. I had a great group of folks to work with, Cinematographer David Pinkston, Producer Joanie Bannister and a wonderful cast of actors and crew.
On his upcoming projects: Currently I’m shooting a film called Waking up that stars Sean Brison (From Mel House’s Walking Distance and Stalker’s Dating Guide) and Brandi Price (from Ken Farmer’s Rockabilly Baby). The film is about Mikal (Brison) a clairvoyant dreamer who awakes to realize that he will die if he does not figure out how to alter his current day’s events. Cate (Price) is Mikal’s ex-girl friend that turns out to be more important to his well being than he ever imagined. The project will finish prinicipal production in mid august and will premeire by the years end.
I am in phase two of shooting my feature documentary called “Finding Passion” an international study of creativity and passion that spans the countries of India, United Kingdom , Mexico, Spain and U.S. It will be released fall ’09.
Finally, I’m working on the film adaptation of a stage play I produced called “Love Crazy People”. Principal photography is set to begin Fall ’09.
On how young producers can contact him for advice: I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org