Life in a small town is nothing like what you’ve heard from cityfolk. BFE director Shawn Telford knows that because he grew up in one and lead actress Kelsey Packwood learned because she starred in the film and got to know the same small towns seedy side. Both sat down with us and our media partners from WSRQ to discuss the film, which premiered this week at the Sarasota Film Festival. Continue reading Audio: Escaping, Embracing Rural America in BFE→
Urban legend and rural myth alike send the message that the world of drugs and sex and violence and pain was developed within the dark alleys of the big city. Whether the message is reinforced with the moral derision of suspicious schoolmarms or lionized by club kids who view celebrate the great urban underbelly, most anyone who grew up in a small town knows this message is crap. Teenagers in the sticks do drugs, sleep with one another and engage in the same vices as city kids, and sometimes do so with greater regularity simply for lack of better ways to spend their time.
Filmmaker Shawn Telford knows this. He spend his teen years in Post Falls, Idaho and knows plenty about the lack of options there for teens on a Friday night. He also knows how hard it can be to escape, to get away from a place that, for all its dangers, shortcomings and lack of opportunities, remains your home. So why did he go back to make a movie in his hometown? And can Post Falls ironically provide him with his big break? After BFE premieres at this year’s Sarasota Film Festival, he may learn the answer to the second question. As for his answers to the first, check out what he told SRQ Backlot by heading below the fold. Continue reading BFE director Shawn Telford escaped from a small town, then returned to make a movie→