Filmmaker’s Name and Title: Robert C. Sickels, Director/Editor
Film Name: Molasses & Lemon
Length of film: 4:06. Short but sweet!
Genre (horror, comedy, drama, etc.): Doc short. And kind of an unintended horror film in its own way.
In 50 words or less, what’s this film about?
It’s about the eerily similar ways people talk about being in love and getting their hearts broken. We think of them as being different emotional experiences in the abstract, but when discussing them people use the exact same nomenclature, revealing that maybe they’re not so different after all.
What inspired you to make this film?
It actually came to me in a dream. I woke up from it with this sense of longing I can’t quite describe, and so I thought it would be intriguing to make a film that captured that ephemeral feeling. I initially set out to make a documentary about the ways we think about love, death, and heartbreak, but in interviewing people it very quickly emerged that death was another movie, whereas love and heartbreak were at the root of what I was trying to get at.
Name your Top 3 Films of All Time:
On any given day, I’d probably pick two different films from a group of 20 or 30 movies to go along with The Graduate, which has been my constant number one for 3 + decades. Today I’ll go with The Royal Tenenbaums and Lost in Translation. Tomorrow it might be Double Indemnity and The Lady Eve. And then some other two the day after that!
What’s your connection to Mississippi? (If you don’t have one, why did you apply to a Mississippi festival?)
I don’t have a personal connection to Mississippi as I’m a born and raised Californian and I’ve lived on the West Coast my whole life. But it’s always been important to me to try and get my work shown as widely as possible and so I always submit to festivals around the country and world. And for whatever reason, over the years my best in-person festival experiences (e.g. Crossroads a few years back, Indie Memphis, Sidewalk, etc.) have been in the South. My work has been well received, the people have been uniformly kind and lovely, and the food and weather are great!
Anything else you want the audience to know about your film?
It’s as much an experimental film as it is documentary, and love it or hate it, it’ll be different from what you’ve come to expect in a documentary!