We sometimes refer to ourselves as “interdependent filmmakers” – If I Had Wings to Fly was the combined work of many hands, imaginations, hearts and minds from different communities in the region. It was done on a micro-budget with a mostly non-professional cast and crew, and our emphasis during all phases of production has been to enact the spirit of community and the love of adventure that also drive the film’s storyline.
Kazoo Films generally embraces a “do-it-yourself” approach to film, building, borrowing, doing work trades for, or simply doing without many of the things for which larger production companies spend big bucks. The kazoo is the instrument that anyone can play!
Bruno Seraphin would like to blame the following people for all the silliness that has transpired in the last year and a half: his uncle, for asking him to catsit and then inadvertently leaving “The Anthology of American Folk Music” sitting out on the table, his Grandpa for advising, “life, it turns out, is actually fairly short…” Oreo the pony, Bill-zy the goat, Argus the blind rooster, and Harrison, Harrison, and more Harrison. It’s not my fault! It was all supposed to be serious!
Forrest Oliphant has been on board since Bruno and Harrison pitched him in March of 2010. It sounded like an adventure, and it has been a great one so far.
Harrison Topp partnered with Bruno Seraphin over a year ago to begin work on this project. The film is part pilgrimage, part exploration, part art, part abounding joy, and part headache. Our premise is simple: spend a year meeting every possible character, visiting every possible location, and making every possible friend, and by the time we’re done we’ll have a film. This is the beginning of the Harrison and Bruno collection.
Nandan Rao is still not exactly sure how he ended up in Western North Carolina or why Harrison and Bruno let him crash their party so vivaciously, but he’s got a free place to live and fresh bread every day and all he has to do to earn this luscious country livin’ is play with a camera every day for two months. And try not to blow it.