Family, music and freedom. Sweet Pie, also known as Paul Winer, revives his career as the baron of bare-assed boogie-woogie and blues at the Public Theater in NYC.
Interview with Director/Producer Pierce Cravens
Why did you make your film?
I wanted to showcase someone who inspires me. Sweet Pie is unapologetic about who he is and what he believes, but does not tear those down who do not share his belief – something that I think we gravely need today. I originally crafted the footage that I had captured as an unscripted pitch; however, I was unable to sell the concept to a network. Still undeterred, I believed that people needed to be exposed to this man and his story.
Why should I watch this film?
If you're into someone who proclaims himself to be the, “Baron of Bare-assed Boogie-woogie and Blue,” this is the film for you.
How do personal and universal themes work in your film?
Though he is an outlandish character, his story can touch everyone. Family, freedom and individualism are the themes of this films. Everyone has experienced loss in their life and watch our protagonist navigate that loss is extremely poignant.
How have the script and film evolved over the course of their development and production?
No one would buy the unscripted pitch, but I still wanted to get this story out there as a short documentary.
What type of feedback have you received so far?
I think my mom is a fan?
What are you looking to achieve by having your film more visible on www.wearemovingstories.com?
: I just want this story and this man to become as visible as possible.
Who do you need to come on board (producers, sales agents, buyers, distributors, film festival directors, journalists) to amplify this film’s message?
I would love for a distributor to come on board.
What type of impact and/or reception would you like this film to have?
What’s a key question that will help spark a debate or begin a conversation about this film?
Is freedom compromised with lack of use?
What are the key creatives developing or working on now?
Pierce Cravens just finished producing Nick Kroll and John Mulaney's OH, HELLO on Broadway. I also have a slate of feature films. My first has been distributed on Netflix and the others are in post-production and ready to make their festival runs.
Interview: January 2017
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Family, music and freedom.
Director: Pierce Cravens
Producer: Pierce Cravens
Executive Producer: Pierce Cravens, Cassandra Morris
Editor: Penelope Lawson
Director and producer: Pierce Cravens is the founder of Metropolitan Entertainment which develops, produces and finances entertainment properties.
Key cast: Sweet Pie, aka Paul Winer
Looking for (producers, sales agents, buyers, distributors, film festival directors, journalists): All of the above.
Funders: Pierce Cravens, Cassandra Morris
Where can I see it in the next month? Slamdance Film Festival