Filmmaker, and record label owner, Brian Jenkins reached out to me a little over a month ago. He was a fan of the show, as well as a contributor to the doc filmmaking online resource Desktop Documentaries. He wanted to make me aware of the upcoming release of his latest documentary film, Answering the Call, a film that takes a personal look at historical events in Selma, Alabama, that once led to the Voting Rights Act of 1965. I watched Brian’s film and was enamored with his DIY approach that played so well with the storyline of the film. And with the upcoming presidential debacle, I mean, election here in the USA, the timeliness of his film was not lost upon me.
I thought he’d make a great guest for the show.
In the episode we discuss his roots in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he was making and producing music for his record label Riot House Records, at a very early age, and how his direct experience – especially in distribution – working in the music industry, allowed him to more easily make the transition to the film (documentary) industry.
We also took a look at his own personal connection and then journey to making his current documentary feature, Answering the Call. Animation as a great means for storytelling, how he has made music a big part of his filmmaking, and, of course, how he lives and leads his own doc life, are just a few more of the topics that are covered in this conversation.
Enjoy, and be sure and drop me a line at Chris@BarangFilms.com to let me know what you thought of the show.
Trailer for Answering the Call
Wanna check out the entire film? Not a problem, as Brian has made it easy, with lots of platforms to choose from: