Short| 10:50 | Country of Origin: U.S.A. | Country of Filming: U.S.A. | June 2014 | English Language
An outlier struggles to understand why his relationship with his best friend has taken a back seat to his newfound romantic relationship.
Aaron Lee Dowell was born and raised in Compton, Ca. At an early, he demonstrated an interest in film and video. At thirteen, he became the youngest person to qualify for Public Television access in the City of Compton. His thirst for film and video only deepened as he attended the California Academy of Math and Science. There, he produced short videos for class, but his interest in history led him to attend Morehouse College where he received a Bachelor of Arts in African-American Studies. Morehouse College proved to be an excellent fit for the burgeoning filmmaker. As a sophomore, he made Beauty, a tale about a girl longing for straight hair. Two years later, he followed up with A Day in the Life.
Aaron went on to attend Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film and Television where he received an MFA in Film Production for his thesis Deconstruct Hale about life as a post-graduate in his hometown.
Now, Aaron Lee Dowell is an Adjunct Film Professor at El Camino College Compton Center. When he’s not teaching the next generation of filmmakers, he freelances as a Director of Photographer, sound recorder, Assistant Director, gaffer, and grip. He also writes, directs, and produces. His latest work, Sex Makes it More Important, is a humorously dark short film about losing a friend to a lover.
The experience is difficult to answer, but I can tell you my favorite part of making this film was, and is always, working with very close friends to craft something that – hopefully – we all of us can be proud of. I also like forging new relationships with cast and crew members. Making films is fun.
Of my all films, SMIMI may be the most like it’s original vision, and that’s an accomplishment. As with any film, compromises are made. Sometimes they are a result of things out of your control, other times, they are because a collaborator has different vision or idea that they feel will make your film better. I feel SMIMI, when it was all complete, was closer to its original intentions than any of previous films. A lot of that I contribute to being able to work with the same people for more than five years in some cases, and some of it is due me being better at incorporating various the ideas of others. I also think the photography, PD, and locations tell the story better than film I’ve made previously. That speaks to working with a good director of photographer and produces who are all close friends of mine. It was a good experience.
Greater good…the only things I seek in my films are 1) the film speaks to someone’s truth in a meaningful manner and 2) in some forty plus years after my death, and some lonely, sad, soul who happens to stumble upon an ancient Vimeo link in the chips implanted in their skulls, and watches my films does not feel that my film is made at expense of another’s experience. I never want my works to reprieved (real or imagined) as sexist, racist, homophobic, you name it.
Saturday, September 10 | 12noon – 1:30pm
Deutsche Schule- Classroom 2
January 31, 2015 | North American Premiere