Filmmaker’s Name and Title: Thomas Barnes, Writer Director
Film Name: Porgies & Bass
Length of film: 15’26”
In 50 words or less, what’s this film about?
Old timer Ben fishes for striped bass. Jorge, a Latino immigrant, arrives to fish porgies. Their skirmish over territory finally erupts in an unexpected manner.
The film is ultimately about conflicting individual and social perspectives and the harsh consequences of our choices..
What inspired you to make this film?
For the last five years, meeting guys like my two characters whilst fishing in long island and being struck by their commonalities as fishermen, yet their distinct differences of world view.
I wrote the film as the big national conversation about building the ‘wall’ began. However I did not design the story to fit current political topics, as the ideas and characters were formed over a period of time before that.
Name your top 3 films of all time:
Living in Oblivion
Chung King Express
What’s your connection to Mississippi? (if you don’t have one, why did you apply to a Mississippi festival?)
No connection... With my love of Delta Blues music, I have always wanted to visit Mississippi. And I have heard very good things about Crossroads Film Fest over the years. So it’s very exciting to visit for the first time.
Anything else you want the audience to know about your film:
Despite appearances, no fish were harmed during the making of this film!