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Promotion & Interview – ‘Displacement Welcomed’ – A Short Film


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‘Displacement Welcomed’ – A Short Film

Displacement Welcomed – A young woman returns home to deal with her father’s disappearance. However along the way its a homeless woman who helps her find what she truly seeks:

'Displacement Welcomed' - A Short Film

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Interview With Director: Evan Kidd

'Displacement Welcomed' - cast

Adam: First, lets talk about yourself, what is your background and how did you get into filmmaking?

Evan: I’ve always been a big fan of storytelling and creating worlds for people to discover. As a kid I was always writing short stories, drawing, and using the family camcorder to create short films with anyone I could find. Theres something really cool about crafting together a world full of characters that didn’t exist until you set out to get them on the page. In high school I took a few video production courses, which really sparked my interest in all things film. I majored in film while in college at East Carolina University and graduated with a degree in Cinematic Arts and Media Production. During my college days I networked with some great folks who shared a passion for creating film. We shot numerous shorts, documentaries, and music videos while learning a ton along the way. When I created Displacement Welcomed it was really just the culmination of all I have learned up to this point.

Adam: Tell me about your film; ‘Displacement Welcomed’…

Evan: Displacement Welcomed is a short film telling the story of a young girl named Skylar who has just returned to her hometown after the disappearance of her father. While she is sorting things out and making sense of her current state of affairs, she comes across a homeless woman by the name of Norma. At first both women seem to be the unlikeliest of friends, but eventually a friendship begins to develop and both woman find their lives becoming quickly intertwined. It’s a story about moving outside your own comfort zone for the sake of helping a fellow individual.

Adam: Tell me about the original idea for the project, where did it come from?

Evan: I’ve had the roots of this idea for the better part of the last few years. Wherever I’ve been or travelled to there have always been a homeless population present in some way shape or form. Most of the time, people overlook these individuals because it’s harder to get to know their story. To know their past. Not many people can say they’ve taken the time to get to know someone they’ve just met on the street. Homeless or not. I wanted to tell a story about people who are not always who you think they are, or who they pretend to be on the outside.

I also don’t feel there are enough stories with leading female characters that make sense or are relatable to actual people in life. In films, messages can become easily convoluted and people can start to get an expectation of what a female character can and can’t do or “should” act like. I wanted to break down some of those walls with this story, and allow the characters and their actions to speak for themselves.

Adam: Tell me about your creative process; what is your style, influences, methods of working etc?

Evan: Creatively I am fairly abstract in conceptualizing my ideas. Really I feel anything in my day to day life can be the spark that sets off a chain reaction of thoughts, ideas, and stories that can eventually lead to a film. Anything can do it for me really, music, observations in my life, people I meet, something in the news. It’s a culmination of the world around me, which is something I’ve always found extremely fascinating and quite cool.

When it comes to writing and creating the film I find I do my best work when I buckle down and force myself to get some writing done. I write until I cannot give anymore to the story and then I stop. I don’t do it again until I feel there is more I can contribute to what I’m telling. Once something comes to me I immediately get it down and I pick back up from where I left off. A lot of that translates over to directing. When I speak with my actors, I give them a general sense of where their character’s headspace is at and why they need to be there. I try not to be too overbearing and want to see the actors truly grow into their characters via their performances. Creating compelling characters is a team effort, and it’s important to view these characters as something you share.

Adam: How and where did you shoot the film? What kind of budget did you have?

Evan: We shot the film is Greenville, North Carolina. It’s a great area that features a lot of variety in locales, so shooting and matching up locations from the script to reality in Greenville gave us many great options. It was also where the majority of us were living at the time, so filming locally just made sense, and allowed extra time to be spent on set making the film the best it could be.

As far as a budget, it was fairly non-existent during production. I funded the production of the film myself, and luckily we had most all of the gear we needed between my crew and I so that always helps. Our entire production prided ourselves on being very indie, so working with great friends and talent that loved this project and brought their all to the film meant the world.

Adam: What is the next step for ‘Displacement Welcomed’, how are you going to promote, market and distribute?

Evan: Going back to budget, we started up an IndieGoGo campaign for the film a few weeks back during the tail end of post-production and ended up meeting and then exceeding our goal of $1000 to pay for film festival entrance fees, promo materials, and some promotional travel for the film. We want to get the message of this film out there to as many people as possible and are really striving to make an impact on the film festival circuit. The film has been sent to several fests across the US, and we’re sending it out to several others here in the states and abroad here soon. At the time of this interview, I know we’ve got a few days left on the clock before the IndieGoGo campaign ends, and we’ve already given out a lot of cool perks like DVDs, posters, signed scripts and more. It’s been an awesome way to connect with our fans, and give them a little something for being so supportive of us. We are immensely appreciative.

Adam: Do you have a preferred area of filmmaking, or do you like to take complete creative control as director?

Evan: I’ve always wanted to be a writer/director for as long as I can remember. That being said because of the nature of the many independent productions I’ve started and been a part of I always end wearing a variety of hats. If someone needs help setting up a C-Stand or a light kit I am always ready to jump in there are help get things running. I’ve been a cinematographer for several other people’s productions and always have a blast, but at the end of the day my heart is set in being a writer/director. I just love telling stories too much.

Adam: Are you working on any other projects at the moment?

Evan: Presently the big focus is to really get Displacement Welcomed out there and doing well. That being said I always have a few things going on in the background, and one of them I hope to bring to the table here soon is a feature length documentary dealing with a very cool and underground subject matter. I’ve also got a few scripts I’ve been developing out when time permits. So between all that, one of those projects should be making its way out of the gates before too long.

Screen Shot 'Displacement Welcomed'


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