In the indie film industry, it’s a culture to itself.
Noel David Taylor made the film Man Under Table or: I’m Writing a Movie as a satire on how independent filmmaking culture works. The characters range from the no-nothing producer to trend-setting funders to even a director who became popular after one successful film.
For Taylor, it was even more fitting as he made the film on a microbudget by using his own favors and creativity to get a full-length feature made.
Here’s the official synopsis:
Set against the backdrop of comically surreal and anachronistic Los Angeles, a beleaguered young man tries to write a movie but instead gets pulled into everyone else’s projects as he hallucinates his way through a bizarre indie film scene. “Guy” is writing a movie, or so he claims numerous times in bars, parties, pretty much wherever he can. Guy eventually stumbles onto a hodgepodge of filmmakers, including an Indie Darling and her lackey, and a washed-up never-was who enlists Guy to write what could possibly be the dumbest movie ever.
Noel David Taylor directed, wrote, produced, and acted on this project. Also, other cast members included Ben Babbitt, Danny Lane, James Canto, Robert Manion, Alisa Torres, Frank Hinterberger, Sarabeth Tucek, Katy Fullan, John Edmund Parcher, Cricket Smyka, Dean LeNoir, Jesse Saunders, and Tolliver.
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LRM Online’s Gig Patta spoke with multi-talented Noel David Taylor on this project about working on a microbudget, the looney characters, and the creative production.
Noel David Taylor had created over forty shorts and experimental films in his career. His work was featured in numerous venues, including Vogue, Adult Swim, Wieden-Kennedy, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Chicago Underground Film Festival, Portland Film Festival, and HollyShorts. Some of his short films included The Meeting, Fruit: A Post Modern Love Story, The Long Days After, Everything is Going to Shit, The True Story of Christmas Clothesmaker, Dos Hombres, I Come Home One Day, and The Hermit. He co-wrote and acted in Paris Window, and Intervene.
Man Under Table is now streaming at the Slamdance Film Festival until February 25. For ticket information, visit www.slamdance.com.
Watch the exclusive interview below. Let us know what you think.
Source: LRM Online Exclusive, Slamdance