Next up on Featured Filmmakers, we have director Kyle Rideout, of the film EADWEARD. This film screens tonight at 8pm at the McCoy Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center.
This film is a visually sumptuous and captivating look at the life of the driven, creative and troubled photographer Eadweard Muybridge. Often credited as the world’s first filmmaker for his eclectic, world-reknowned and intimately revealing ‘time lapse’ photos of life in motion, Muybridge’s passions, the story of the love of his life, his volcanic and boundless creativity and the act he admitted to and for which he was exonerated by a jury of his peers, all make for a one-of-a-kind life story unlike most any you’ve ever seen in this vibrantly alive drama.
Enjoy getting to know the film’s director, watch the trailer below, and head over to the MACC tonight to catch his film!
1. How did your film come to be? How did you get involved in making it? Where and when did you start?
I have lived with this story of Eadweard Muybridge for some time now, as I was one of the original actors in the stage production that this film is based on. Performing in the show on a national tour across Canada it gave me the time with fellow actor, Josh Epstein (Co-writer and Producer), to realize this adaptation. Often in history there are people who have had great influence on our lives, but didn’t quite gain the attention that they deserve. I feel strongly that Muybridge falls under that. We have tried to tell his story and be true to him during this process and along the journey have become endlessly passionate about what he was so obsessively studying…the human motion. The everyday beauty in action.
2. What was the most challenging thing about making this film? About filmmaking in general?
A big challenge and worry I had before we started shooting was Eadweard’s beard. He had a big bushy white beard. And this was an important look to our lead actor Michael Eklund, who was just promoting The Call and entering pilot season in LA. I showed him pictures and asked if he would be willing to grow this beard. He didn’t shave for three months. Then the next challenge… His beard was pitch black. We tried putting makeup in the beard and it looked terrible. And the only option we had left was to try to dye it. Michael found the best lady in town to dye hair pure white, and so he went in as Michael Eklund and bleached that beard and came out of the salon looking like Eadweard Muybridge.
3. What type of experience or message do you hope the film will bring to viewers?
With this film it was always Josh and my desire to bring light to this genius in history that many haven’t heard about. So looking for people to learn something about this person who sparked the invention of Cinema and why we are all here.
4. How do film festivals play a role in the release and promotion of a film? What do you most look forward to about film festivals?
Film festivals are so integral to building the audience to an independent film like, Eadweard and we have taken great care and time to get it in front of the right audience at the best festivals.
I love meeting new people and engaging with the audience after a screening. It is such a great opportunity to meet someone and talk about what they saw and how they are processing the story. Really it is incredible to see how the story changes and effects people in different ways. Even if we all watch the same movie we experience it in a different way. And that is just fascinating.
5. Describe your connection to Maui if you’ve got one? If you’ve never been to Maui, what are you most looking forward to about your trip to the festival?
I have never been to Maui…or Hawaii. Let’s be honest, I come from Vancouver – a beautiful city, but known for the damp rain. So I am looking forward to sun and warmth. Couldn’t think of a better place to host a film festival!
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