The presence of Clerks creator Kevin Smith as March’s patron has stirred up some fiery and fierce competition in Film of the Month. SP’s social media has been going wild with filmmakers promoting their films on the leader board – which is exactly what it’s all about.
Not only is there the opportunity to win stuff, but entrants can get that wonderful thing called ‘feedback’ from leading industry figures and other filmmakers. Helping with the improving and bettering work as creatives – awesome stuff.
So here’s a little bit more about the finalists and their films:
1. Thus – Joseph Steele
Steele’s debut, zero-budget short That’s why they call it art landed him in court after the 2009 premiere was shut down by the police. Since 2009 Steele has produced a number of unreleased, zero-budget glitch films. Thus marks a new direction in his work as a film maker, and an attempt to make a total work of art. It is the product of 3 years of test shoots, draft scripts, fund-raising, filming and music composing.
Steele’s work as an artist centres around experimentation with explosives. In 2013 his work was discovered by accessories designer Lulu Guinness leading to a collaboration featured in Vogue, the Evening Standard and the Huffington Post. On top of awards from University and a year long financial sponsorship award Steele has been nominated for an Association of Illustrators award for a mural commissioned by Sage Software.