into my car. We drove 10 hours, lit-
day, to show up exhausted for the interview.
The executive producer runs
me through the wringer. I’m against
guys with 20+ years experience and
helped them out earlier, that got me
in the loop, but because the Florida
market was losing their incentive
money, everybody was closing shop.
It was one of the few productions in
town; people were either leaving or
were now free to interview for jobs.
They turn me down. I’m in-sanely;deflated;—;I;can’t;express;the
thoughts and feelings of how terrible that felt.
I reached out to one of my
mentors, Mark Weber, CAS, who’d
He was surprised that they’d said
no so quickly, but reminded me that
at least I interviewed with and met
people who never knew me before.
Then after a short time, I received a call asking if I’d be interested in doing this little independent
production. They don’t have much
money, the story sounds very ambitious, and sounds like something
you’d want to do. I said OK, and I
ended up talking with these wonderful people. There was just this cer-tain;energy;whenever;we;talked;—;I
don’t know, it just felt right.
I asked for a script if possible.
As I normally do, I read through it
with my wife Keri, and she turned
to me and she said, “Chris, this is an
We both felt that way. The story
was that engaging. This was Moon-
I've worked a series of things
with the budget they had, and you'll
never see most of those on my resume, in fact, a lot of projects like
this never even see the light of day.
It was a huge risk. I was getting
calls for jobs that I knew would pay
well, but now suddenly I’m in love
with this story that barely pays me
enough to cover my bills. I just felt
it was the right thing to do.
I guess it will be a life lesson
for me; sometimes the big grand
Little (Alex R. Hibbert) in a beautiful shot from 'Moonlight'
'Moonlight' director Barry Jenkins, actor Alex R. Hibbert, and Chris Giles