[VIDEO] Q/A with Christopher Everett… Check Out Life After His Major Movie Wilmington On Fire.
February 11, 2019
How long have you been in this industry? I’ve been in the film industry since 2005.
What made you decide this was the career for you? I’ve always wanted to have a creative and arts-focused career but never thought in a million years that it would lead to a career in film. Growing up in a small town, you never really see anyone do anything of that level around you. It wasn’t until I left and went to college and lived in other cities that I really got the confidence to pursue this type of career.
What are some of the challenges you’ve had to deal with in this industry? The main challenge is money. Most people think you are making lots of money when you are doing it on a certain level but in my case, I run my own film production and distribution company and it takes a lot of working capital to run a film business. But we manage to do well in what we do and we are growing every year with some awesome film projects on the horizon.
What are some of the best experiences you’ve had working in this industry? Some of the best experiences that I’ve had is the people you meet while you are in this industry. I’ve worked with some talented individuals on my own film projects and they’ve gone on to work on films and tv shows that have premiered at Sundance, Netflix, and other major film festivals and cable platforms. That’s what I love most about all of it. Seeing people advance their careers, making good money, and helping others advance also.
What projects/initiatives do you have coming up that you want to let our readers know about? Well, we still have “Wilmington on Fire” that is still doing screenings across the state of North Carolina and throughout several parts on the United States. I’m currently filming part 2 for “Wilmington on Fire” (which should be ready November 2020), currently filming a martial arts documentary called “Grandmaster”, and my company is producing a narrative feature called “I Don’t Live Today” in which we begin filming in late May in New York City. My company is also planning to re-release the 2002 underground cult classic “As an Act of Protest” this summer. We also have other film projects in development such as a boxing drama and an experimental vampire film. “Grandmaster” is a documentary about karate pioneer Vic Moore and his fight to preserve the martial arts that has defined his life. “I Don’t Live Today” is an expressionistic drama about a disillusioned Black visual artist who, on his final night in the New York City, wanders the streets trying to fight off the demons of the morally corrupt art world only to be forced to come to terms with the demons within himself. “Wilmington on Fire 2” continues where the first documentary left off and brings more history and more truth about the 1898 Wilmington Massacre and its lasting effects on the city of Wilmington and the state of North Carolina.
Any advice you would like to give those interested in entering or just getting started in this industry? The only advice I can give someone is to get out there and just do it. Do real networking with like-minded film creatives and make stuff happen. If you are looking for a story to make into a film, just look throughout your own circle, your own family, your neighborhood, your town/city. You will be very surprised what interesting stories are right underneath your nose. And also, just continue to work hard and utilize the internet to the fullest and build up your own audience. It takes time and work but at the end of the day, trust me, it will be all worth it.
How can our readers keep up-to-date with you and all that you have going on? Social media handles? People can keep up with all things related to my film projects on social media. Speller Street Films Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/spellerstreetfilms/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/spellerstreet Instagram: www.instagram.com/spellerstreetfilms/ Wilmington on Fire Facebook: www.facebook.com/wilmingtononfire/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/wilmington1898 Instagram: www.instagram.com/wilmingtononfire/ Website: http://wilmingtononfire.com DVD: https://spellerstreetfilms.bigcartel.com/product/wilmington-on-fire-dvd Vimeo On Demand: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/wilmingtononfire I Don’t Live Today Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IDLTFilm/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/IDLTFilm Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/idltfilm/
What inspires you to go into a particular project? What inspires me to go into a particular project is the story and how well I can tell the story and do it in a way that has never been done before. It’s a feeling that you get that you just can’t explain. It just feels right and if I get that feeling, that’s the project that I choose to do and work on.
Where does your creativity come from? My creativity comes from growing up in Laurinburg, North Carolina. Been in a small town, all you could do is use your imagination and creativity. It really forced me to be creative and think outside the box once I moved back to Laurinburg in 2011 while just starting to film my film documentary. It forced me to use the internet to build an audience, network, and grow my film in ways that I could never imagine.
Is there anyone that inspired you or motivated you to become the success that you are today? My grandparents and my mom for always believing in me. Film creatives that have inspired me over the years have been Sam Greenlee, Bill Gunn, Tariq Nasheed, Wendell B. Harris, Pete Chatmon, Mtume Gant, Dennis Leroy Kangalee, and Vagabond Beaumont.