Film Courage: When I go to your film’s website THEN THERE WAS JOE I notice you have a ton of press from your hometown or from surrounding areas and they seem so welcoming of you. How is that then to know that yes when you come to your new home in LA it’s a different ballgame and that it’s not personal but there are so many people doing the same thing? To be so embraced and cheered on [in one area] and then coming back here knowing that you have to be your own cheerleader?
Justin Warren, Filmmaker: Absolutely, so what’s interesting about this (and it was kind of my strategy actually for making my first film) I wanted to do it in a place where we’d be supported and because the crazy part is that kind of anywhere outside of LA (outside of California) if you make a movie, that’s newsworthy. Because it’s just not a normal thing that a lot of people do. But out here in LA everybody’s making a movie. I hate to use the term everybody but a whole lot of people are making stuff out here to the point where it’s relatively normalized. For instance whenever I go to a coffee shop to just get a cup of coffee, if you just look at people’s laptops, 9 out of 10 screens, someone’s writing a screenplay and that is not normal…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).
JUSTIN WARREN was born in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1987. He started making movies at the age of eight, making his own stop-motion animated Star Wars films. He graduated from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas with a B.A. in Theatre Arts and Dance, where he took the lead in numerous stage plays and won awards for his bold playwriting. In 2008, Justin and his family were featured in the 2008 CNN documentary “Black in America” with Soledad O’Brien which was broadcast globally. In 2014, Justin graduated from the prestigious USC School of Cinematic Arts with an M.F.A. in Film and Television Production. In addition to writing, directing, and co-editing his own films, Justin has also written, performed, arranged, and engineered three albums of original music. In 2018, his first comedy feature film, Then There Was Joe, made its World Premiere at Jeff Nichol’s (Mud, Midnight Special, Loving) Arkansas Cinema Society to sold out crowds. The film is currently screening around the country on the festival circuit and received a glowing review in the L.A. Times, which declared Justin as having a “bright future” in Hollywood. You can visit him online at Justinwarren.me.
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¡CALAMBRE! is a 53 minute episodic black and white film about a poet who returns to his hometown of New York City to rekindle an old flame, only to complicate his return with new women in his life. A film by Carlos Renaso.