Politically Correct in the Lawrence Journal-World

Good news, everyone!

If you read that in a Hubert Farnsworth voice, you are reading that first line correctly and I am pleased. If not, it's whatevs. You don't live to impress me.

I digress, there is actually great news to be shared. Eric Melin of Scene Stealers and the Lawrence Journal-World interviewed me for an article he did on the 1152 Hour Film Festival, this year's event at the Wild West Film Festival. For those of you who may not know, I entered into Wild West this year and created a comedy short film called Politically Correct

Here is the teaser trailer for Politically Correct:

This is the first time I've ever been interviewed for a film I've done. Well, officially, this is the first short film I've ever put out. I've created ones that I like to think of as "learning experiences" simply because I wasn't happy with the final product. But, I'm proud of this one. This - like anything else I do - has also been a learning experience.

Over the years, I've interviewed various actors and filmmakers for sundry [citizen] journalistic endeavors. This is the first time I've ever been on the other side of it. I have to say, I like this a hell of a lot better.

Here is my write up within the article:

Savannah Rodgers, a KU film student, had never entered the 48-hour Wild West Film Fests in the past because of the strict time limitation. Being a perfectionist, she likes to take her time when writing and filming and not feel rushed. It probably helped matters that her satiric short“Politically Correct” was shot in just one location, the Marriott TownePlace Suites in downtown Lawrence.

“Like any project I do, I want this to evoke some thought,” Rodgers says. “I wanted to create a film that showed writers that were trying so hard to be politically correct that they didn’t get any work done. It’s a reflection of the current state of television where writers are too afraid to write diverse characters for fear that they will offend someone. There are a lot of jokes in ‘Politically Correct’ that question how we as a society talk about diversity, especially in television.”

Rodgers also had extra guidance from a knowledgeable source: Lawrence resident and film production multihyphenate Laura Kirk, who also stars in “Politically Correct.”

I must add that I am lucky to know Laura Kirk. She is a hell of a person and an excellent actor. It is fucking amazing that she agreed to do this. I don't say that to downplay myself or the project - anyone who knows me is aware that I don't do that. I say it because she is without a doubt one of the most talented people I have ever met.

To read the full article at lawrence.com, click here.