Filmmaker’s Name:  Adam E. Stone

Film Title:  Resting Places: A Ballet Film

Film TRT:  9:03

Genres:  dance film, ballet film, experimental film, narrative film, short film

In 50 words or less, what is your film about: I truly believe that when we stop believing in our dreams, especially our creative dreams, a part of us dies. Nadia Mara and Heath Gill star in this ballet film about a successful businesswoman who has forsaken her childhood dream of becoming a professional dancer, as she struggles, in retrospect, with that decision.

What inspired you to make this particular film:  I think the film explores a theme that many people can relate to, as many of us are encouraged to abandon our creative dreams and focus instead on the workaday world. I think that is very damaging to who we are as human beings, so I wanted to create a film that reflects that.

What’s the best experience you had making this film: Working with such passionate dancers was both fun and fulfilling. They brought everything they had to each take we shot.
What’s the worst: Working with live orchids – they are worse than children or pets, lol! The dance sequences were so physical, including ground work, that keeping live flowers looking fresh was quite a challenge. Also, shooting the entire film in one day, while necessary from a budget perspective, was not without its challenges too. Without such awesome professional dancers, we wouldn't have gotten the results we did.

In your opinion, what’s the best film ever made: Any film that is made with passion, and that explores the human condition, can be a great film. I can't pick the best ever made.
The worst: Conversely, when films are produced simply to make money, and all they do is rehash the same tired and trite themes, everyone who loves film suffers. Again, lots of bad ones out there, and I can't possibly determine the worst.

A short bio: Adam E. Stone is also the writer, producer, and director of "Janet: A Silent Ballet Film" (2014), as well as the writer, producer, and co-director of the films "Thank You for the Letter" (2014) and "Abstractly You Loved Me" (2013). In 2012, Stone wrote and produced the spoken-word ballet "A Life Unhappening." In 2010, he wrote, directed, and produced the DVD novel "Cache Girl Saves the World: A Novel in Visions." He is also the author of three conventional print novels: "Xamon Song" (2006), "Kingston Fugue" (2007), and "The New Harmonies" (2009). He lives and works in Carbondale, Illinois. More info at: www.adamestone.com

Tell us about your connection to Mississippi: My mother was born in Jackson, Mississippi, and even though she moved from there when she was still young, I visited Jackson (as well as Winona) from time to time as a child to visit extended family. I was drawn to the Crossroads Film Festival by its reputation as one of the best festivals in the south, and also because of the range, and number, of short films screened there.