photograph by jerod harris

photograph by jerod harris

Filmmaker’s Name:  Eric McCoy
Film Title:  “My Best Friend’s Death”
Film TRT:  15 min.
Genre(s): Comedy

In 50 words or less, what is your film about?
“My Best Friend’s Death” is a comedy about a guy who tries to kill himself, and when the Grim Reaper arrives, the two discover they went to high school together.
What inspired you to make this particular film? 

We wanted to tell a story about the most unlikely of friends, both of whom find a reason to care again. This story evolved over several years, and when we ultimately settled on its current form, we knew we had something.

What’s the best experience you had making this film?  What’s the worst?  Why?
[scariest]
Half of our film takes place in an apartment whose walls we’d covered in green and brown contact paper. (Think of it as temporary wall paper to cover up mirrors and white walls.) Well this stuff sticks just fine, provided the temperature doesn’t change. Apparently, in our exhaustion the night before Day 1 of production, we forgot to hold the thermostat at a fixed degree. Long and short of it, we came in the next morning ready to film, only to find our work had completely wilted off the walls!
[best]
The best experience I’ve had with this film was getting to bring all my department heads up on stage at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood to a packed house of applause, and thank them for helping me tell this story.

In your opinion, what’s the best film ever made?  The worst?  Why?
My favorite film is “The Usual Suspects.” I’m drawn to films that are always one hearty step ahead of its entire audience. This sounds like a screenwriting-given, but take a look at a film like “Now You See Me” and you can see how not being ahead of your audience from page one, forces you into some pretty bad edits. Both films set out in attempt to deliver that Ah-ha moment, however the latter filmmaker was lazy with the series of steps leading up to the reveal, thus leaving the viewer feeling burned.

RE: a short bio… Tell us about your start in filmmaking.  Who are your heroes?  Did you get your start as an actor? A screenwriter? A grip?
I got into making (bad) short films in high school. They helped me get a lot of stereotypes out of my system early. Upon attending Columbia College Chicago, I was quite apprehensive to declare that I wanted to be a director. I felt that at the largest film school on Planet Earth, it was like, "oh, you want to be a director? Get in line."  So I went about studying producing, I took classes on sound design and lighting; I learned everything else that I could. It was only in my senior year, after producing several shorts for other directors, I learned that I needed to direct.

Tell us about your connection to Mississippi.  If you don’t have one, why did you choose to enter Crossroads Film Festival?
Crossroads looked like a place that appreciates independent cinema and would be open to giving our little film a chance. Thank you for proving us right.

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