Mahogany J. Slide is a 23 year old Filmmaker who has been making movies since her youth. In that time she has made several short films and a feature film and continues to be a prolific storyteller, always working on something. We had a great time picking her brain about filmmaking, producing, working as an AD and diversity in storytelling. We hope you enjoy our conversation!
Mahogany J. Slide, an independent filmmaker and native of Greenville SC who just recently embarked on her directorial career. Inspired by a lifelong fascination with art, writing, and self expression she took the plunge into the world of filmmaking, both feet forward. She’s a self proclaimed nerd, lover of classic and modern science fiction, and has a passion for quality filmmaking well beyond her years. M. J. Slide is a producer and writer, known for Gone for the Day (2012), Ghost Works Grey (2013) and The Saving (2011).
Mahogany J. Slide: I love film simply because it unites my two favorite artistic mediums, photography and writing, like nothing else can. At my essence, I’m a storyteller, just ask my parents. I know in this generation there are so many more people who will watch a movie then read a book and so therefore I can reach those audiences with the same great stories and concepts through making films. I love the ability to express myself, experiment and constantly learn about people, myself, and the world that surrounds me.
My influences are on all sides of the spectrum. I pull a lot from classic American poetry and literature: Shakespeare, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, Cornelia Funke, C. S. Lewis, Phillip Pullman, and I’m also a diehard sci-fi fan, so Issac Asimov and Phillip K. Dick have a huge effect on the more science fiction areas of my writing. For those who are not familiar with the indie filmmaking scene, my greatest mainstream influence is the shooting and directing in M. Night Shyamalan’s earlier films, barring The Happening and The Last Airbender. It’s actually his film Signs that made me want to be a filmmaker. That was the “ah-ha!” moment for me as a beginner.
Smoke Like Echo – Short Film