Indie Grits Festival | April 12-15 2018

Kevin Devine – “Couldn’t Be Happier”

Friday, April 13 at 3:30 PM
Saturday, April 14 at 8:30 PM

Shorts Block: Acts of Vulnerability
Charlotte Taylor | Asheville, NC | 4 min
Genre: Music Video

In the new music video from Indie Grits alum Charlotte Taylor, singer Kevin Devine’s plaintive crooning provides the soundtrack for this jittery, handcrafted cityscape.

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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!

Charlotte Taylor: 

1. What is your connection to the South?

I was born and raised in the South… if Florida is considered the South. There’s always some ongoing debate about that – but anyone who debates it didn’t grow up in the town that boasts it’s the horse capital of the world. 😉 I currently live and work in Asheville, NC, where I have been since 2009.

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

This piece came from both a long history of appreciation for Kevin’s music (all of the text is from this and other songs he’s written), and from a deep connection with the story presented in the song itself. It felt like a story about memory, love, loss, and coming to an understanding of all of that through distance and time.

3. How did you start making films?

I started making films in middle school – when I took a video class as an elective. Ironically, I thought I wanted to make music videos throughout high school and the first few years of college, until I had two professors who introduced me to experimental film. It’s kind of wonderful to now return to music video 15 years later, with a different perspective on it all having spent my life in between experimenting with cinema.

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

I started this film in 2014, and had all the pieces cut together on 16mm by spring of 2015. I had rigged a rather complicated transfer setup with a dSLR, two gang synchronizers, a backlight, and a gate I’d scavenged out of an old Pageant projector, when I went out of town for a week and in my absence the entire thing fell apart. The shelf broke under the weight of the precarious setup (to be fair, it was stacked on boxes and film reels and all sorts of things to get the height right between the gate and the camera), and I came home to a pile of torn film underneath large pieces of particle board, piles of books, and all the gear. I was so frustrated that I just left it on the floor for months, and then in a box for years. It wasn’t until summer 2017, when I was offered access to a film scanner, that I pulled the film back out of a shoebox and got it transferred. Luckily I had scanned all the animation on a flatbed scanner – because in processing that film, I hadn’t fixed it for long enough, and it is in the process of its slow grey death (as I discovered when I tried to rescan a segment this fall).

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

My favorite part of Indie Grits is reconnecting with my film family. Indie Grits has created a film home – the first and only one I’ve found outside of academia. It’s a family reunion of all my favorite film folks and all the coolest people in Columbia. I’m really excited to have a film in the festival again, but even without a film, I wouldn’t miss Indie Grits for the world.

6. Why should someone see your film?

They should see it because it’s in a really great block with some amazing films and filmmakers – Keyes’s Ghost Girl is incredible, and I don’t think anyone should miss seeing it. I also have a lot of respect for Kevin’s music, and for this album in particular – which is the solo album he released simultaneously with a full band album after leaving his label and raising all the funds to do so via Kickstarter.


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