Early Indie Music Feature Films from Columbus to Tribeca

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Columbus’ underrated music scene meets its underrated movie scene in a new film that debuts this weekend at the Tribeca Film Festival. What does all this mean?

Co-directors Noah Dixon and Ori Segev, Denison University graduates and creative directors of Columbus-based film production house Loose Films, sit down to tell us about it.

Dixson: Setter is about a young woman named Lennon who is something of an underdog trying to make her way through a vibrant underground music scene.

Hope Madden: How was the project born?

Dixson: We got our start as filmmakers working on music videos here in Columbus. The original idea was, wouldn’t it be fun to make a movie based on these musicians and friends we’ve hung out with over the years? It made a lot of sense logistically because we had access to all these great musicians and great venues, and it was a world we spent a lot of time in over the last few years. Before we knew what the story would be, we knew we were going to cast them and have them play fictionalized versions of themselves in the movie, using locations in Columbus and using their music.

Segev: We had worked with Bobbi Kitten [who plays a fictionalized version of herself] before on a music video and we knew she was very talented. When we thought of the main supporting role, she came to mind. We practically wrote the role for her. And his band Damn the Witch Siren – we knew that would be the perfect lead.

With Sylvia [Mix, who plays the lead, Lennon] we had shot a teaser to help us get investment for the film. We really only planned to use him in the teaser, but as soon as we shot, we couldn’t really imagine anyone else in the role.

Fool: Did they have prior acting experience Setter?

Dixson: For the most part, it was a first experience for many people, both in the team and in the cast. Even we didn’t have that much experience directing dialogues. We had a lot more experience with visual storytelling. We were definitely nervous about the idea. We were very pleasantly surprised by everyone’s performance.

Segev: But once the gears start moving, it’s so much fun. The adrenaline rush of filming for 20 days, there’s nothing better.

Fool: What do you think people will take away from the film?

Dixson: The film was very animated by young talents. Often young talent gets overlooked and that’s what makes it so special. There’s all this hidden talent in the cast, musicians and crew, and bringing it to the screen was really exciting for us.

Setter premieres at the famed Tribeca Film Festival on Thursday, June 10 as part of the American Storytelling Competition. It can be viewed via Tribeca at Home on Friday, June 11 at 6 p.m. For tickets, visit tribecafilm.com.

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