"Stu Steinberg" is a documentary film directed by Clay Kempf.
A riveting story about US War Veteran Stu Steinberg, the judges were blown away by the story and struggle with PTSD that so many of our veterans are dealing with on a daily basis.
- Film Name: "Stu Steinberg"
- Director: Clay Kempf
- Runtime: 40 Minutes
- Screening: Friday, November 10th, 2017
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- Tagline: "Stu Steinberg is a story about a renegade US war veteran who dedicates his life to helping fellow vets navigate through the rough terrain of PTSD and obstacles that detract from health care leading to post war poor quality of life and often death."
"We were blown away by the story and struggle with PTSD that our veterans are dealing with on a daily basis."
We had an opportunity to catch up with director Clay Kempf for a short interview about the "Stu Steinberg" film's back story.
- Why did you think that the Oregon Documentary Film Festival was a good place to submit and screen your film? “The Oregon Documentary Film Festival” was the best place to submit our film because it was shot entirely in Bend/Redmond Oregon”
- What is the title of your film and is there any special meaning to the title? "Stu Steinberg" he is the special person that has found ways to get US Military Veterans their benefits and healthcare.
- Why did you choose to tell this particular story? “We chose this particular story because of the huge impact Stu Steinberg has made in the lives of US Military Veterans and with the Oregon Documentary Film Festival exposure it will have many more”
- What camera(s) did you use to during the production of this film? Discuss any advantages or limitations that you may have run into, from an equipment perspective. “We shot on Red 6k Dragon, Red 4k Scarlet and the Canon 60D. We shot on the Red Cinema Cameras because that was the DP, Clay from the Bay's camera of choice. With Red Cinema cameras the production had a wide arrange of cinematic style possible, whether it be 4K resolution, high frame rates and audio inputs.”
- Did anything happen during the production of this film that was very interesting, but never made it on camera? “There is always interesting things that happen behind the camera, off camera and on camera. I will say this, we have enough coverage that didn't make it on this edit where we can produce another film as a sequel or part 2.”
- How did you fund this film? Did you use crowd funding? Do you have pressure to recoup the production costs somehow? “We didn't have to do a crowd funding system to fund our film. We were fortunate to have a producer that funded our production from beginning to end and supported our vision for the project.”
- What kind of audience reaction are you getting to this film? Discuss any Positives or Negatives that you feel comfortable talking about. “This is our premiere so we have yet to get any feedback. But I anticipate feedback will be a new awareness for the issues our US Veterans have today and although many don't get proper support or healthcare, with this film fellow veterans and families will see what can be done and has been done to help all US Veterans.”
- Do you have plans for a sequel or future film that you are working on? Please discuss.
We have plans for a sequel/part 2 for this film. “There is plenty of coverage that did not make this edit and we would like to go back and pickup principle cinematography that we were unable to capture on our original shoot.”
- You have completed a documentary film, which is a huge achievement. Do you have any advice for a future filmmaker that is about to start a documentary project? Advice that you wish you had been given before you started yours? “Documentaries have so many unknowns going into production. It is hard to quantify what the end result will be. Having said that, that's the very core of discovery of a documentary subject matter. My advice is to prepare as much as possible, capture capture capture and sort out when you get to the editing stage. Most importantly NEVER give up or abandon your goal. It may take longer than expected, but see it to the end.”