Indie Grits Festival | April 12-15 2018

Grand Dragon

Friday, April 13 at 1:00 PM
Saturday, April 14 at 7:00 PM

Shorts Block: Southern Scenes
Chris Gervais | Rock Hill, SC | 6 min
Genre: Narrative Short

X-Men obsessed Maria and her friend Kyle are playing superhero games in his backyard when her favorite toy gets stuck on the roof. Maria will have to confront the sinister, sickly old man who lives upstairs in order to get it back.

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Meet The Filmmaker

We asked our filmmakers some questions about them and their work. For further questions, join us at the designated post-screening Q+A!

Chris Gervais:

1. What is your connection to the South? 

I’m an SC native and still call it home. Unfortunately, here’s no known relation to the statesmen for whom Gervais street is named.

2. Where did you get your inspiration for this work? 

I saw an image of a KKK Grand Dragon and just made a bunch of connections. They wear green robes with elaborate dragons on them. To me, that’s someone living in their own made-up world and wearing a costume for it. It’s kind of an evil version of playing pretend when you’re a kid. Only when you’re little, you don’t require anyone’s buy-in or acceptance of your made-up world. You just know it makes you feel better.

3. How did you start making films? 

Filmmaking  was something I’d always wanted. The resources and energy to make it happen appeared about 9 years ago. I started making movies with my friends, Micah Troublefield and Anil Dhokai. They went to USC for film and I picked things up from them.

4. Did anything interesting or funny happen on set during the shooting? 

I definitely wrote in the prop of a Klan Robe mounted on a mannequin without really considering that I was going to have to make it. Everytime I went to the crafts store I had anxiety that someone was going to do the math and figure out what I was making. I stopped short of explaining it all to the cashier. I see now how that would have been a bad call.

5. What do you look forward to the most during Indie Grits? 

My favorite thing about Indie Grits is the combination of watching all those great films and getting to hang out with the people who made them. Indie filmmaking is such a weird thing. It takes up all your time and never really leaves you alone. You’re constantly missing birthday parties or explaining to an elderly man why he should turn off his lawn mower. Indie Grits gives you a place where everyone shares that life and provides all these opportunities to spend time with them.  

6. Why should someone see your film? 
I always try to build to a moment of magic and wonder. I know what that does for me when I feel it in a movie. If I can pull that off even a little, I think that’s worth looking at.

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