How To Become A Filmmaker – P.M. Lipscomb

P.M. Lipscomb, Filmmaker: The first five or eight years of making movies most people would be like What are you trying to do? And you’d almost feel weird to say I’m a filmmaker.

Film Courage: You have a theory that I find interesting You must navigate from where you are, not where you wish to be.

P.M.: Yeah, that’s right.

Film Courage: How does this guide your life and filmmaking?

P.M.: Let’s see, I was 23-years-old when my Dad told me You have to navigate from where you are, not where you wish to be. He was studying Buddhism at the time and what that’s really translating to you is the idea that you will feel like you are some place else but your feet are firmly placed in a different position. At that time for me specifically in terms of my filmmaking I was making movies and maybe was viewing these movies on a higher scale than they needed to be viewed and not planting my feet into the position of…(Watch the video interview on Youtube here).

Visions on set of CLOWNING with Nana Ghana (P.M. Lipscomb in reflection)
P.M. Lipscomb with Nancy Pushkar onset of Willa’s Peach


P.M. Lipscomb has passionately made awarding-winning movies since April 23, 2006. He has made three feature films and thirty-six shorts presented at a dozen film festivals across the country. He strives to make work as a means of escape for the audience from the everyday hardships. After receiving the Emerging Filmmaker Award in 2015 for his decade of work in film, he was hired as a documentarian in Toronto, Canada to follow Jacob Barnett. P.M. Lipscomb has also taught film editing at the Academy of Art in San Francisco for a year and learned from experimental filmmakers such as Nathaniel Dorsky. P.M’s first feature film, CLOWNING was released through Gravitas Ventures and is available across many platforms. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, P.M. Lipscomb has now moved to West Hollywood, where he is preparing his next feature film. It is in the genre of horror, and is called Bickle.










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