What Filmmakers Get Wrong: The Truth About Producing Movies – Stanley M Brooks [FULL INTERVIEW]

Film Courage: Stan when you were a child, did you color within the lines?

Stanley M. Brooks, Writer/Director/Producer: I never colored within the lines. I was a kind of oddball kid. I enjoyed old movies from a very young age. My parents were both very young when they had us (my sister and I). I think my mother was 22 and so because of that when I got to an age when she could drop me somewhere on the weekend she would do that so she could have time to herself because she was still in her twenties. Frequently it was my grandparents and when it wasn’t it was some place. Maybe it was an arts and crafts thing at the museum and then one weekend it was the Lido Theatre on Pico. They were showing a W.C. Fields double feature CAN’T CHEAT AN HONEST MAN and NEVER GIVE A SUCKER AN HONEST BREAK. I was alone with my popcorn for four hours and this black and white majesty was happening on the screen. If a kid at 9 years old can have an epiphany, I had one. From that point on I watched black and white movies when I could and it usually was in the middle of the night unbeknownst to my parents…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).






STAN BROOKS is an award-winning producer of film and television with over 30 years of industry experience. He has produced more than 70 movies for film and television since 1989, when he founded his first independent production company, Once Upon a Time Films.  

Brooks made his directorial debut with the film Perfect Sisters – starring Academy Award Nominee Abigail Breslin (The Call, Little Miss Sunshine) Georgie Henley (The Chronicles of Narnia Series), and Academy Award Winner Mira Sorvino (Mighty Aphrodite, Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion).  The film opened in theaters on April 11, 2014 across the nation and in Canada with international release in Fall 2014.  Receiving praiseworthy reviews from both The Los Angeles Times and New York Times, Perfect Sisters continues to dominate on Hulu, Netflix, VOD and digital downloads.   

Most recently, Brooks directed A Life Earned, episode 504 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  In November 2017, it was announced that Brooks would produce, write and direct his next feature, Girl Who Fell From The Sky, starring Game of Thrones’ Sophie Turner.    

Brooks directed his second feature with the true-crime drama, The Grim Sleeper, starring Dreama Walker (Don’t Trust the B— in Apartment 23), Macy Gray (Training Day), Ernie Hudson (Call Me Crazy) and Michael O’Neill (Dallas Buyers Club). The Grim Sleeper follows LA Weekly reporter Christine Pelisek (Walker) as she doggedly investigates the unsolved murders of dozens of women in Los Angeles and soon realizes one person is responsible for many of these deaths that began over 20 years earlier.  The Grim Sleeper aired on Lifetime Television on March 15th, 2014 and Brooks won his 4th PRISM AWARD for the film in 2015  for it’s authentic storytelling of mental illness and substance use issues…(Read more here).


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