Thursday, July 31, 2008

Take 5 w/ Filmmaker Pierre Bennu

Exittheapple has been creating award-winning and thought-provoking film and video projects since 1992. Director Pierre Bennu is a 2001 New York Foundation for the Arts film fellow, and earlier this year, the trailer for Red Bone Guerillas won 2nd place in the ABTV mini-doc contest at

Jamyla and Pierre Bennu, and see Red Bone Guerillas Sat Aug 9 @ 8pm @ Creative Alliance!

1. What’s the last movie you loved and what was the last movie you hated?
Loved GREAT WORLD OF SOUND. Hated? Well, recently Gus Van Sant did a movie called GERRY. When I meet him there is going to be a problem.

2. What’s your guilty pleasure movie or TV show?
Actually I love the The Little Rascals. I hate the depiction of their black characters but I stated watching them at such a young age that I didn’t quite get why it was offensive. Now it's in my brain.

3. How’d you get into filmmaking?
My mother bought me and my brother a roll of 8mm film and said “go for it.” We made an action adventure movie called "The Revenge Of Captain Space Man" and the rest, as they say... etc.

4. What’s your fave piece of gear?
Gaffers tape. You can make cool t-shirts out of it.

5. What’s the one thing you’d warn a new filmmaker NOT to do on their first film?
I wouldn’t. What messed me up just might work out great for somebody else. I would actually encourage them to take risks. Mistakes or failure are great teachers and help you find and improve upon your personal weaknesses.

Here's a an animated short created by Pierre Bennu, produced by Exittheapple!

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Screening info:
Red Bone Guerillas (Bennu, 2003)
Sat Aug 9 8pm
$8, $6 mbrs.

A documentary filmmaker chronicles the rise of a street theater group called the Red Bone Guerillas, who confront the mainstream media machine with in-your-face tactics designed to shock a complacent public. Shot by then-NYC-now-Baltimore-based African-American husband-and-wife team Jamyla and Pierre Bennu, this faux documentary uses found TV footage and improvisational dialog to explore civil disobedience, group dynamics, and performance art.

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