Brandon Christensen is one of the directors featured in the Nevada Filmmakers Showcase at the 7th Annual Dam Short Film Festival taking place in Boulder City this week from February 9ththrough the 12th. His film “Modern Art” is a short that he made with Matt Orchowski with the help of DAV Productions. The story of an art world wunderkind struggling to finish projects after following a path filled with drugs and alcohol and what happens when his agent comes to pay a visit. Brandon came to Vegas eight months ago at his sister’s invitation after suffering several setbacks in Canada and as this Q&A demonstrates his luck has definitely taken a turn for the better.
Q. Is your movie in any other festivals or going to be?
A. No, I only submitted it to the Dam Fest this year. Well, actually, that’s not true. I submitted it to the Las Vegas Film Festival, but it was in very rough shape at the time, wasn’t near completion, and it got rejected. Since then, I only submitted to the Dam Fest.
Q. What made you decide to submit to the Dam Short Film Festival?
A. I wanted to get it into something local so it would be easy for everyone that worked on the film could see it easily. With CineVegas MIA, and the Las Vegas Fest rejecting me, the Dam was the only close one.
Q. Tell us about your next project.
A. I’ve got a bunch of projects on the go right now, I’m in post production on 3 music videos, a TV pilot, and a commercial. With a few more shoots in February lined up. My next ‘passion project’ however is a feature film. I found a writing partner online and we’ve been writing it for the last month or so. I’ve always wanted to get into features, and I feel that with the experience I gained from Modern Art and the other shorts I’ve done, I’m ready for it.
Q. Is there a particular genre or genres you prefer making films about?
A. I don’t know, I’ve done a few ‘comedy’ short films. The problem with them is that comedy is so subjective. What I find funny, you might not. So it’s hard to please a large audience with them. It’s evident even with those out there that have made us laugh for years. The Farrelly brothers had a slew of hits, and have recently sort of fallen off the map in recent years. I like Horror a lot and I think that’s something I’d like to explore next. Trying to come up with something really messed up to make your audience uncomfortable. That sounds like fun.
Q. What are your impressions so far about the film festival process and is there any advice you’d give other filmmakers about to enter their projects?
A. I’d say join www.withoutabox.com, they handle all of the mundane stuff. Just fill out your information and submit. It’s pretty awesome and takes all the hard work out.