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AN INTERVIEW WITH Franklin Marshall III, DIRECTOR
As a filmmaker, please introduce yourself.
My name is Franklin Marshall III and I am a stand up comedian and filmmaker.
Why you became a filmmaker as director ?
I became a filmmaker and comedian to help break stigmas and bring people together through love and laughter.
While I may seem odd to some people, when we meet in embraced with such heart and love.
I did not start out as a comedian and street artist or filmmaker. “Art-streeting,” as I calls it, has been just a part of my journey.
I am first and foremost a comedian. I grew up on a farm as an only child tolerating a dysfunctional family which was at the mercy of his father
who did not acknowledge his existence at all. I struggled with mental health issues, and had difficulties with studies at school,
oscillating between school and in-home education. I had lonely childhood, and so little confidence for any kind of purpose for myself in life.
Until one weekend, when my father was away on a business trip, my mother took me into NYC for a Jerry Seinfeld show.
He noticed how Seinfeld made her laugh, and, since I haven’t felt I was good at really anything else, and so I thought maybe film
And comedy was something i could do for my mom and others. Make her and the world laugh.
Give some more information about yourself and the films you have made so far, about your experience, your background?
I’ve only made this film but intend to do a cinematic comedy special as well as a long format tv series.
What are the films or people that had impacts on you and deeply inspired you to become a filmmaker?
Man on the Moon. Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, Patch Adams, The King of Comedy.
You have made your film "Franklin's Comedy Book" which got official selection in the
"American Golden Picture International Film Festival".
As a filmmaker, why you decided to make it?
To try and introduce myself to the world in the cinematic arena.
What were some of the challenges you faced in making this specific film?
Traveling and funding for the movie has been difficult but more has been trying to get it in front of large audiences via Netflix,
streaming sites or theaters.
Let us more about your experience in this film?
It was the true magic and content road I ever traveled. I was met with warmth and love by all those whom I met along the way
and continue to do so as the film starts it’s festival run after ten years in the making.
What was it like to work with all Cast and Crew?
It was my humble pleasure to work along Josh Gibson.
For you what was the biggest lesson you had to learn after making this film?
That the journey is the destination.
What keeps you inspired to continue filmmaking?
The most important part is distributing the film. What did you do for distributing your feature film?
The most important part is the mystery and the ability to land it on Netflix, HBO, Amazon and or a worldwide theatrical release
for when the movie is seen it’s beloved.
What are your filmmaking goals?
To do it for a living.
What is your next project?
The Franklin and Cyrus Podcast
@thefranklinandcyrus Pod social media
GOOD LUCK Franklin
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