FILM ANTHROPOLOGY is an online publication started by Filmmaker Eric Norcross. FA started out originally as an indie film blog used to catalog his experiences as an independent filmmaker and media producer. The blog has since branched out to include filmmakers from all walks of life and other invited guest writers to expand the catalog of experiences and ideas that will help push independent film making further into the 21st century. Independent cinema in every city is tough and with the saturation of mass media and the dominance of Hollywood movie making, it’s getting a lot harder, especially on the business end. Film Anthropology’s mission is to demystify the art, expand the boundaries of the business and keep the creation and exhibition of cinema accessible to all filmmakers.
FILM ANTROPOLOGY is home to FILMMAKER PROFILES, an online video series created to sponsor film festivals by producing short video featurettes comprised of interviews with officially selected filmmakers.
A few things to know about me – I am obsessed with indie-film. Real indie film.
I spend an enormous amount of time watching films, writing and supporting the filmmakers in and around New York City. I have been making films since I was in high school and had the fascination with cinema since I can remember. The story is typical – I saw some films that really stood out, probably some of the same one’s you admired and still do. I started out producing short and medium length movies of scripts I had written in addition to producing PSA’s for the public access TV station back home. I developed my skills when I moved to Vancouver, BC for a year between 2000 and 2001. In 2003 I relocated to New York City to go into business for myself as a multi-media producer.
Work That I Am Most Proud Of:
Caroline of Virginia
In 2011 I finished and premiered a film called Caroline of Virginia. COV was the first movie I ever got into a legitimate festival and screened in multiple places. With multiple screenings in NYC, Maine and Massachusetts. I consider COV to be my first successful movie, not just because of the screenings, but because the movie itself is so powerful to me, that it was truly the first time that I felt like a filmmaker. It was the first movie that I made that stimulated emotion from me or anyone else.
COV premiered at NewFilmmakers New York in the Courthouse Theater of the Anthology Film Archives. It was shortly after this screening that I began working with the series to help promote their other selected filmmakers. As of July 1, 2012 – COV won me my first industry award: the New York Spotlight Award at the 2012 Manhattan Film Festival. I am very proud of this award, as is my entire cast.
In the summer of 2012, I completed a medium length film called Lipstick Lies.
Lipstick Lies premiered at the Anthology Film Archives as part of the NewFilmmakers and went on to screen that December with the Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival. It most recently screened in Hawaii as an official selection of the Big Island Film Festival.
My current project is a feature length film called The Spaceship. It is a contemporary sci-fi mystery with a touch of noir. Aside from the fact that I’m producing the film with my collaborator from Caroline of Virginia, Lauren Meley, I actually have little information to disclose about this project since it’s still a work in progress.. At this point, all I ask is that you like the Facebook page and check out my entries into the Production Diary, hosted here on Film Anthropology.