***The Thursday Interview is a showcase for creators, innovators and troublemakers to share news and insight about the creative impetus & inspirations behind their latest projects. This week, quintuple threat Tommy Franklin is the featured auteur.
Name: Tommy Franklin
Occupation: Screenwriter, Actor, Film Producer, Song Lyricist, poet…
Motto: Above all, endure.
My current project is….
…..a recently launched Kickstarter campaign for the short film, ARE YOU SARAH?, a romantic comedy about muddled matchmaking and blind date blunders. We know people will relate to this project if we make our goal and complete the film. It will be a beautiful movie, with a couple of awesome twists that’ll make you go “WHOA!” I want friends and new friends all over the world to get involved, and I’m thrilled to take this ride with many folks!
… this film’s director (Troy Bakewell) and I deciding to work together on movie projects in the future after meeting on the micro production of the drama feature I wrote, produced, and acted in called FATE, shot in my hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Troy DP’d the project, and his wife, Heather (producer of ARE YOU SARAH?) headed up the Sound Department. After the new year, I was connected in a most vital matter with writing several full-length features simultaneously, and beginning to spread myself thin, creatively speaking. I put the breaks on not only to gain perspective on how to be creatively more efficient but also to embrace Troy’s idea that we make a kick a*s short film this summer, and sell the investors interested in budgeting features on the fact that my writing speaks for itself; that coupled with Troy’s directing talent and knack for navigating the independent film production industry, we can continue to make beautiful movies and build on the unique momentum of our focused goals for sustainable success.
The process for the project….
….has been fun and enlightening to this point, and I look forward to the growth of the campaign in the coming days and weeks. Gaining a strong circle of support is what I endeavor upon as we strive to meet our Kickstarter deadline, and I’m excited to be reaching out across social medial platforms at a level I’d never thought I’d delve into. I’m thankful for my inner ambitions and constant motivations to get ARE YOU SARAH? where it needs to be: accessible for all to see. I’m grateful for my patience to see this project through. (I always say, if you’re always in a hurry, you’ll die quicker!) The tide of momentum will be like any other sea change, but I am confident we will ride some awesome waves to cross the finish line and get to the next step of shooting the film in July.
My favorite highlight (so far) of working on ARE YOU SARAH?….
…..is learning new ways to be resourceful and resilient when embarking upon my passions. I am genuinely enjoying telling people about my project. Having a deadline is a funny reminder of hearing radio hosts on public radio pitch for pledges to grow and continue quality programming, not uncommon from a vital goal of mine, and that’s to make sustainable, thoughtful, and entertaining art through the medium of film. I’ve only just begun, so stay tuned…
Knocking down more doors; well, at the very least, getting my foot in them to be heard! Currently, my most pertinent goal is to realize every ounce of potential for ARE YOU SARAH?, which includes reaching our funding goal on Kickstarter, shooting an awesome short film, and reaching out to the world with my (and my crew’s) talents much further down the road. ARE YOU SARAH? could very well serve as a great catapult. I will continue to polish and develop features I’m writing. I’m excited for some ideas people have brought me about new screenplays for me to write. Other creative adventures include developing 2 more short films, as well as a sketch comedy musical series (deep breath), and also writing music and putting together a superb band with my great friend, Joseph Nord, an unbelievably talented musician and man.
My absolutely fantastic and amazing collaborators on ARE YOU SARAH? to this point: Troy and Heather Bakewell, Joseph Nord, and Briana Johnson. I am indebted for life to my guardian angel, friend, mother, and 6th grade/lifelong teacher, Mrs. Lauren Hildebrand.
Thanks to friends who’ve gotten involved in key ways at key moments thus far: Kathy Seipp, Kacie Vinton, Jessie Jacobson, Chef Kate T. Moore, Lindsay Whalen (WNBA Superstar point guard for the World Champion Minnesota Lynx), Todd and Jill Smith and their crazy/sexy/cool bar Nomad World Pub in Minneapolis, MN.
Thanks to loved ones and friends and everyone who shows love to my dreams.
I love his energy and passion! If you can, support with money and/or spreading the word.
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Photos courtesy Tommy Franklin.