Filmmaker’s Name and Title: Ben Giroux - Director/Producer/Actor
Film Name: Time Travel Romance
Length of film: 12:57
In 50 words or less, what’s this film about?
After continually striking out with women, an awkward man (Ben Giroux, "Hart of Dixie") invents a time machine against his mother's wishes (Mindy Sterling, "Austin Powers"). Breaking the space/time continuum, our hero hopes to improve his budding romance with his skeptical coworker (Sarah Scott, "Arrested Development"). Will bending time and space improve his love life? Only TIME will tell. (See what I did there? I'll show myself out.)
What inspired you to make this film?
I've always been interested by time travel. The idea of breaking the space/time continuum is exciting and unpredictable.
I also have a masochistic passion for awkward dating stories -- in our modern "swipe first, ask questions later" culture. No stranger to uncomfortable first dates, I've got a myriad of firsthand dating failures to mine for comedic gold.
It's only natural to combine my two loves into a singular awkward film. Wouldn't it be great if every time you said something stupid on a date, you could travel back in time a few seconds to say something better? In Time Travel Romance, one man invents a machine to do this... and more.
Our all-star cast is led by original Groundlings-member Mindy Sterling (of "Austin Powers" franchise fame) and Sarah Scott ("Arrested Development").
A charming, retro, awkward love story, Time Travel Romance begs the question: how far would you go to succeed in love?
Name your Top 3 Films of All Time:
"The Shawshank Redemption"
"Back to the Future"
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 connection to Mississippi, but screening my film in a Mississippi film festival sounds like a great excuse to visit!
Anything else you want the audience to know about your film:
Our cast is a rag-tag gang of gifted improvisers, helmed by original Groundlings-member Mindy Sterling. We put those skills to good use and improvised large portions of the film. Also, fun fact: the final scene in Time Travel Romance was shot at Vasquez Rocks, famed filming location of "Star Trek," "Planet of the Apes," and more.