Filmmaker’s Name: Tracy S. Facelli
Film Title: How I Got Made
Film TRT: 25 minutes
Genre(s): Family Comedy
In 50 words or less, what is your film about?
In 1981, young Gaby learns lessons about loyalty, the movies and family. She puts these new skills to work in a unique way as she helps her younger brother defeat the school bully after watching "The Godfather" with their Dad.
What inspired you to make this particular film?
I have always enjoyed family films and working with children, and I also wanted to make a film that featured a smart, and creative young girl as the hero, since those are rare. I had a few childhood experiences that I loosely based the plot around, and then embellished to increase the humor.
What’s the best experience you had making this film? What’s the worst? Why?
I enjoyed the entire experience. I most enjoyed casting, working with the actors, and seeing my story come to life. The worst is probably waiting to hear back from film festivals. It’s just so nerve wracking waiting to see what other people think of my work after putting my heart and soul into it.
In your opinion, what’s the best film ever made? The worst? Why?
My list of best films include The Muppet Movie (Original from 1979), The Godfather Part I and II, L.A. Story, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, While You Were Sleeping, and all of Nora Ephron’s movies. They are all character driven films, and most of them combine humor and drama to tell great stories.
The worst films for me are ones that are primarily movies that use crude humor in a stereotypical way for cheap laughs. Movies with poop and fart jokes or Rob Schneider and David Spade are good examples.
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 started as a very young movie fan who liked to have the credits read to me until I could read on my own. I always wanted to know who made the movies and what they did. In fourth grade, my answer to the question “What do you want to do when you grow up?” was: “Make up stories and make them real."
More recently, I have worked in the film industry as a camera assistant or film loader for the last 13 years, on projects like Nashville, Hustle & Flow, [scrubs], Black Snake Moan, 21 Grams, Stoker and Boulevard. My favorite filmmakers are Nora Ephron, Francis Ford Coppola, Nicole Holofcener, Martin Scorsese, Jodie Foster, Steve Martin, Darnell Martin, and John Hughes.
Tell us about your connection to Mississippi. If you don’t have one, why did you choose to enter Crossroads Film Festival?
My grandparents lived in Vicksburg when I was young, and I used to visit
them, but mainly I focused on Southern Film Festivals since I am a Southern Filmmaker. I am from Memphis, TN, and my first job was working at Malco Theatres. I put myself through college with that job, and learned a lot about the exhibition end of the film industry while there. I liked that Crossroads is affiliated with Malco, and I can’t wait to see my film projected on a Malco Screen.
Tell us about your social media presence:
• Facebook: Facebook.com/HowIGotMade
• Twitter: @TracyFacelli
• Vine: @TracyFacelli