Columbus Indie Music Feature Premieres at Tribeca
Columbus’ under-appreciated music scene meets its unsung film scene in a new movie debuting this weekend at the Tribeca Film Festival. What’s this all about?
Co-directors Noah Dixon and Ori Segev, Denison University grads and creative directors of the Columbus-based film production house Loose Films, sit in to talk us through it.
Dixon: Poser is about a young woman named Lennon who’s kind of an outsider trying to find a way into a vibrant underground music scene.
Hope Madden: How did the project come about?
Dixon: We got our start as filmmakers working on music videos here in Columbus. The initial idea was: wouldn’t it be fun to make a film based on these musicians and friends we hung out with over the years? It made a lot of sense logistically because we had access to all these great musicians and great locations, and it was a world we spent a lot of time in over the last few years. Before we knew what the story would be we knew we would be casting them and having them play fictionalized versions of themselves in the film, using locations in Columbus, and using their music.
Segev: We had worked with Bobbi Kitten [who plays a fictionalized version of herself] before on a music video and we knew she was very talented. When we were thinking about the supporting lead role, she came to mind. We pretty much wrote the role for her. And her band Damn the Witch Siren—we knew that would be the perfect thread.
With Sylvie [Mix, who plays the lead, Lennon] we had shot a teaser to help us get investment for the movie. We had only really planned to use her in the teaser, but then as soon as we shot, we couldn’t really imagine anyone else in the role.
Madden: Did they have any acting experience prior to Poser?
Dixon: For the most part this was a first-time experience for a lot of people, both on crew and in the cast. Even us—we didn’t have as much experience directing dialog. We had much more experience with visual storytelling. We were definitely nervous going into it. We were really pleasantly surprised with everybody’s performances.
Segev: But once the gears start moving it’s just so much fun. The adrenalin boost of shooting for 20 days, there’s nothing better.
Madden: What do you think people will take away from the movie?
Dixon: The film was very much driven by young talent. A lot of times, young talent gets overlooked and that’s what made this so special. There’s all this hidden talent in the cast and musicians and the crew, and getting to bring that to the screen was really exciting for us.
Poser premieres at the famed Tribeca Film Festival Thursday, June 10, in the US Narrative Competition. It can be viewed via Tribeca at Home on Friday, June 11, at 6 p.m. For tickets, visit tribecafilm.com.