Micah Troublefield loves filmmaking. Writing, filming, directing, editing... whatever is thrown at him. But, his main passion is storytelling.
A partner in the Strawhouse Pictures gang of four along with Brian Oxendine, Anil Dhokai, and Chris Gervais. They have the ability and sensibility to make quality movies and that's just what they've been doing.
One of those movies is a short film called The Gospel of Hip Bones premiering this week at the Indie Grits Film Festival in Columbia, South Carolina. Starring Erika Chase, Ernest Bryant Hinnant, Benjamin Caswell, Patrick G. Keenan, and Janice Mitchell Wyatt. Co-written and directed by Micah and Chris Gervais it is a story about a couple of Mormon young men like the ones on bicycles with white shirts and black ties you see going door to door in your neighborhood. More importantly it is a behind the scenes look at these teenagers and some of the normal distractions of growing up. Such as discovering the wonders of young girls.
Here's what Anil Dhokai, a friend since high school and accomplished director/cinematographer, had to say about Micah. "Micah is a good friend and long time collaborator. His films are some are some of my favorite projects to come out of Stawhouse pictures. The humor and style of his stories reflect shows like Freaks and Geeks as well as early John Hughes' movies."
Below is a conversation I had with Micah last year.
The Kickstarter to raise funds for Tree Hugger is nearing it's end with one more day to go. The goal is about halfway met but the funds will only be available if fully funded. Kira is very generous with her time whether it is exposing new talent in her cast and crew or calling attention to social issues in the films she creates.
"The film takes place on a world where there is no longer any life - just an endless sea of graves - and a personification of Death has grown terribly bored without any more life to take. When she (yes, Death is a "she" in the film's world) meets a hapless steam-powered Robot who has been secretly sustaining an underground greenhouse for centuries, an unlikely friendship emerges between them - but at a severe cost..." - Alex Thompson
Aislin answers my questions as we talk about her acting and performing career both deliberately and thoughtfully. Better
than you might expect from someone who is barely a teenager. You can tell she wants to get it right. Her poise is no surprise though
as she has been active as a performer since she was 3 years old. That builds character.|
The daughter of nature loving and artistic parents, her mother worked at a performing arts school for a time and her father is an art gallery owner in Asheville, North Carolina. She grew up surrounded by talent and enlightened minds. Not to mention the support she has received from her parents and mentors along the way. That can make a big difference in the formative years.
You can tell a lot about a person by the people they regard as role models. For Aislin it is Emma Watson for being a down to earth actor that uses her celebrity to bring attention to the causes she favors and Malala Yousafzai for her bravery in standing up for the right to go to school and get an education in a country where young girls are discouraged from doing so. A refreshing outlook for someone to aspire to.
Working with Josh and Kenny is unexplainable. They are the most understanding people. Being able to see the passion/love that they have for filmmaking in person is absolutely amazing. They are willing to cut loose and have fun when needed but they also know when it's time to be serious. They are willing to work with you and do whatever makes you comfortable. They are two of the most amazing people I have ever met. For me it was kind of challenging at first I wasn't able to channel my inner Jackie, because she was a complete opposite person of who I really am but I ended up getting used to it. - Mariah Brown - Jackie Blue in Honeyspider
"It was so much fun having a part in bringing such a complex and intriguing character to life. Robert is always such a professional and a pleasure to work with." - Mahri Shelton - Actor
In continuing the Meet The iNDEE series, we spotlight Russ Willey.
What are your hobbies/pastimes outside of work?
Watching movies, playing with my son and taking pictures
How did you know you wanted to be a writer/director/work on set ?
Doing a play in junior high I fell in love with acting,
What is one thing you think most people don't know about you?
That I studied martial arts for 34 yrs, at one time I was homeless, and I'm living proof that organ donation works. I'm a two time kidney transplant recipient.