Q&A: Paul Devlin and The Loaded Poets

Director Paul Devlin leads a Q&A with his film subjects, members of the band The Loaded Poets following an STF screening of THE FRONT MAN.
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This post was written by STF blogger Krystal Grow.

Following the STF screening of THE FRONT MAN, filmmaker Paul Devlin leads a Q&A with his film subjects, members of the band The Loaded Poets and their musician friends.


Thom Powers: How did you start filming this and what was the evolution of this film.

Paul Devlin: Well, it started because I had to answer the question of “what’s your next movie?” and I was doing a lot of different projects and I said to Jim one day, “I’m just going to start showing up with a camera every time we get together and see what happens,” and it was really just for fun at first and we had a really good time. It was a lot of laughs, and we were just joking around. And then things started to evolve and the ‘baby no baby’ sequence happened, and then she actually got pregnant, and then I realized “ok this is more than just a gag.” And then we just kept shooting and I would do other films and drop it for a year or two and then Jim would say that something was happening and we’d start again and I’d edit through the whole thing, and then we brought Glen and Graham into it and that brought a whole other dimension to it.

Powers: Jim, from your end, Paul followed you around with a camera for many, many years. What did you think of this process?

Jim Wood (The Loaded Poets, vocals): I loved it. Paul said, “I want to follow you around with a camera and see if anyone who doesn’t know you will think you’re funny,” which is kind of insulting, you know, but by the time we played it to a room full of strangers and they liked the film, I said “We’re done, mission accomplished.” It was over a long, long period of time, so there would be months, almost years where nothing would happen at all. I think the most profound thing for me is watching myself, taking a step back and watching my life on screen. He fixed my life in the editing, you know? So, I now realize I’m leading a charmed life because of the film. Whereas in the day-to-day shooting, it’s not so great.

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