The multi-talented Cameron Watson wrote and directed the film, Our Very Own, which was a valentine to his small hometown of Shelbyville, Tennessee.
If you want to be truly inspired by someone who did not give up on his dream of making his indie film, listen to this interview.
It has a happy ending… a deal with Miramax… and you can stream this film right now on Netflix. It stars Allison Janney, Keith Carradine, Cheryl Hines, Jason Ritter, Autumn Reeser, and Beth Grant.
Cam’s latest project is a new weberies called Break a Hip which sounds hilarious and is in post production now. Here’s the Facebook page.
Topics covered in the interview:
- My introduction of Cam (0:00)
- Sweet story about a high school kid doing a monologue from my play, Home of the Great Pecan (4:58)
- Interview with Cameron Watson begins (7:38)
- Growing up in small southern town with supportive parents (19:44)
- Spaced Out – Cam gets cast as the heroic captain of the “ship” (20:37)
- Horton Foote campaigns for Cam in The Widow Claire (23:55)
- The move to Los Angeles, a work-a-day actor (25:40)
- The writer/director emerges — Cam performs a story about his hometown (27:19)
- Cam forms a writing group/support group (31:24)
- Our Very Own — the next steps, a great supportive core group (33:14)
- Shelbyville welcomes the production; casting the film (40:51)
- Allison Janney and the Independent Spirit Award (44:43)
- What’s the film about? (46:57)
- How Miramax found the film (48:45)
- Mary Badham cameo – Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird (52:18)
- Keith Carradine comes on board and writes a song with Nancy Griffith (55:42)
- The other musical number in the movie – shades of Pippin — by Bob Stillman (58:50)
- Shiny Shelbyville — shooting in the town and finding period cars (102:11)
- The new webseries with famous friends, Break a Hip (105:35)
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