It’s not often that you get the chance to interview a major rock star, much less one of the stars of your favorite band of all time. But this opportunity was granted to me when I had the chance to talk to Boyd Tinsley, the violinist from the Dave Matthews Band. Normally this blog is strictly about music but I slightly bent the rules and asked Boyd about his movie Faces in the Mirror, music that was made into a movie.
lovelyleslie41: The concept for your film began with the music, can you explain how that came about?
Boyd Tinsley: I love movies that make me feel an emotion. When the music and the the film are expressing the same emotion, it creates a huge emotional response. I wanted to create a movie that was an emotional experience. A trippy ride. I wanted the emotion of the music to be the thing that we built Faces in the Mirror off of. It was a long process, but at the end of it we made a beautiful movie.
lovelyleslie41: Can you talk about who is on the soundtrack?
BT: The soundtrack features the Seattle band Maktub, Shawn Smith who is a member of the band Brad, the Silent Comedy, Dave Matthews, Stefan Lessard, myself and other members of the DMB.
lovelyleslie41: As a musician, what inspired you to become a filmmaker?
BT: I was inspired to make a movie after the band made the Crash Into Me video. That video had the marriage of music and beautiful visuals combined to send chills through me whenever I watched it. I wanted to make a movie like that. And years later, I was fortunate enough to get that opportunity.
lovelyleslie41: Can you give us a brief overview of what the film is about?
BT: The story is of a young man named Ben who returns home to attend the funeral of his father. He goes on a very dreamlike, trippy psychedelic journey through the night. Encountering people who give him something that he is looking for. It’s very much like a dream.
lovelyleslie41: I was given the opportunity to ask Ryan Orr, who plays Ben in the movie and Jessica Mei Gershen who plays Susan along with Boyd about their favorite musical memory.
Ryan Orr: I saw James Brown at the Paradiso in Amsterdam. It was most unique and surreal. Seeing David Gilmour at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland on Easter was spiritual and intense. Both equally moving.
Jessica Mei Gershen: My best memory of music was Dave Matthews Band at Irving Plaza in ’93. There were maybe 50 people in the crowd. They had just become popular. I remember being blown away by their music. I thought these guys are gonna be huge. Hearing them play Satellite was incredible.
BT: My favorite musical memory was playing at Madison Square Garden with James Brown. Wow. I thought the roof of the place was gonna come crashing in when Mr. Brown came on stage.
I’d like to thank Ryan Orr, Jessica Mei Gershen, and Boyd Tinsley for taking the time to answer my questions. You can watch Faces in the Mirror online on Thursday, August 30th at 5pm PST. Check out http://www.facesinthemirrorfilm.com for more details.