Outfest 2012 is happening in Los Angeles from July 12 through July 22. To celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the Los Angeles LGBT film festival, we will be sharing interviews with filmmakers and persons involved with movies being screened. See all of our Outfest Interviews here.
At this point, everyone is on Facebook. Your mother is, your sister is, even your grandmother is: Facebook and social media are how we maintain relationships these days. For filmmaker Katherine Brooks, that was a problem. She missed human interaction and seeing people in person, her online connections very feebly fulfilling a sense of aloneness she felt. Sick of this, Katherine took to her Facebook and decided to visit the first fifty people who replied to a status saying she’d like to visit these people. The result? A feature documentary entitled Face 2 Face, which will be screening at Outfest Saturday at Harmony Gold in Hollywood.
Outfest is one of the most well known LGBT film festivals in the world and has had films shared that have gone on to have profound affects on the world. Can you tell us a little bit yourself and your film? Is this the first time you’ve had a film shown at Outfest?
This film is called Face 2 Face. After having surgery and falling into a major depression, I posted on my Facebook Status; the first 50 people to say YES I’m coming to your city to spend the day with you and make a movie. Within 10 minutes I had my 50 people. The film was financed solely through donations on Kickstarter. I blended my ten years of directing reality TV to make this feature film. I started making movies when I ran away from home at 16 and lived on the streets of Los Angeles. I’ve had the pleasure of screening my first short film, Dear Emily, and my first feature film, Loving Annabelle, at Outfest.
There is a lot going on at Outfest this year–and it is the 30th year of the festival! How does your film fit into Outfest? What are you hoping it brings to the wide variety of different films being shared in the festival?
My film is about human connection and my belief that social media is contributing to a lack of Face 2 Face interactions. Suicide is huge in the gay community, especially with our teenagers. I believe that when people see the journey I went through it will inspire them to trust people and want to connect again.
People will be coming from all over the world to share and see films at Outfest. What are you hoping people take away from your film?
That they are not alone.
Similarly, is there anything specifically Angelenos can take away from your film? Your work speaks to multiple audiences; however, are there certain themes, images, or concepts that may hit Angelenos deeper than other viewers?
I ran away from Louisiana in search of the dream of making it in Hollywood. Instead, I found myself homeless. Los Angeles plays a huge role in my depression and how I conquered it.
Looking into the future, what’s next for you and the film after Outfest? Where else will your film be going? What are you hopes for the film?
I’m doing what filmmakers in the 1970s did. I’m traveling around the world with it and meeting people, Face 2 Face.
Face 2 Face is screening this Saturday at 2PM at Outfest. For more on the film, be sure to check out their website, Like them on Facebook, and give them a follow on Twitter. And, who knows: maybe Katherine will come and give you a visit?