Filmmaker’s Name and Title: Tibo Pinsard, writer, director and producer
Film Name: Gorilla
Length of film: 14 minutes
Genre: Hairy romantic comedy
In 50 words or less, what’s this film about?
Gorilla tells the story of Henry, a Hollywood gorilla man in the early 1950s. He has a crush on the starlet of the jungle movie he's about to play in. How is he going to be more than an anonymous stuntman hidden by his ape suit for the woman he desires?
What inspired you to make this film?
My short films always deal with lack of communication between people, loneliness, desire... The original idea of Gorilla came after discovering the wonderful blog http://www.hollywoodgorillamen.com/ . I saw a great opportunity to tell a story of an underdog in Hollywood during the Golden Age. At the same time, as a great fan of classics like the original King Kong, the first Planet of the Apes and Greystoke, I could make my own "ape film"!
Name your Top 3 Films of All Time:
Lawrence of Arabia
There Will Be Blood
The General (Buster Keaton)
What’s your connection to Mississippi? (If you don’t have one, why did you apply to a Mississippi festival?)
I discovered Mississippi as a French teenage tourist many years ago. I was mind blown by this state, its nature, architecture and people! I only dream to be able to come back soon to Mississippi. This is why I feel very honored to have my film screened in Mississippi, a first step before returning!
Anything else you want the audience to know about your film:
Gorilla was entirely shot in Burgundy, France, where the best wines of the world are made. Despite our very small budget and shooting during 3 cold and rainy days, we had to recreate the shiny and colorful 1950s California. That was a huge challenge, but I had to luck to work with a talented crew, including my DoP Philippe Brelot, the Academy Award nominated Anne Seibel or Marie Berroyer for the costumes. One of the biggest issues was also the gorilla suit itself. Impossible to rent a vintage looking ape suit, because it simply doesn't exist at all in Europe! So I had to find someone able to make one. The Doigts Pirates Cie did it in only two weeks and it looks wonderful!