Anthony Greene - Filmmaker
SymplyEbony: Anthony, your film credits range from writer to producer to composer with many other titles in between. How do you juggle all of those professional responsibilities without losing your mind? What keeps you excited about your work?
AnthonyGreene: I think a big problem for independent creators is that we tend to wear many hats and become more adept at jumping in head first into projects with that weight on our shoulders. I now try to take more time between projects, but my mind doesn’t connect with the concept of being idle. Also, the business side of being a creative can be mentally exhausting. I can’t change who I instinctively am. If I’m doing nothing, then I’m losing my mind.
The excitement derived from creating comes from the influences. I’m first and foremost a fan of the arts. My creative side stems from the joy that I get from being immersed in the work of others. My favorite part of creating is the inception of the idea. I love the infinite possibilities that pop into my mind when I think of a new story or project. That’s the high. After that, it’s time to curb your enthusiasm.
SymplyEbony: What project do you feel has impacted you the most and why? What project are you most proud of?
AnthonyGreene: The Henchman’s War is the most impactful and the one that I’m proudest of. It’s a turning point for me, personally and professionally. I knew absolutely nothing when I embarked on it and I learned a lot along the way. I met a slew of people that I still connect with to this day and I developed a priceless sense of confidence from seeing it through.
SymplyEbony: You actually have two movies available for viewing on Amazon Prime, Thick and The Henchman’s War. Both movies showcase two very different sides of the gangster lifestyle. In Thick, the female mob boss is trying to hold on to her control, while in The Henchman’s War, a hitman is going against his mafia family in a quest for revenge. How have those movies been received and what, if anything, do you wish you had done differently?
AnthonyGreene: I’m not sure about the reception. It’s subjective. The films have gotten good reviews and bad reviews and I’m perfectly fine with that as long as the films are being watched. Also, they’re being watched for a fee. The interesting thing is how the films connect with people on a personal level. There are reviews or notes made on the film that have ideas or concepts that were nowhere near my train of thought when creating them.
The Henchman’s War was more my own. I sometimes wish that I was a more accomplished and confident writer/filmmaker when I made it. I was way in over my head and it was a big struggle for me. My only wish is that I could have been a better leader for my cast and crew. As for Thick, that was an idea from me and a film collectively created with my wife, Cheryl M. Brown. I was a lot more comfortable in my position and had a great time. I really wouldn’t revisit that, unless with a higher budget.
SymplyEbony: In 2015, you produced a short film called, Jane Doe. I must tell you that film was beautifully shot and left me wanting to know what happened after the Jane Doe was identified…but also NOT wanting to know what happened. Are there any plans for an extended version of that film?
AnthonyGreene: Jane Doe was an exercise in writing and directing. I wanted to do something short and impactful that would resonate viewers. I really just wanted to gauge my growth and I believed I accomplished that with Jane Doe. I’m not going to extend it, because I’m more interested in the question that it poses. What’s worse, knowing or not knowing?
SymplyEbony: What’s one thing you wish someone had hipped you to before embarking on your film career?
AnthonyGreene: How important the business aspect of all of this is! The good thing is that I’ve had some great mentors along the way. I’ve learned a lot and it helps me look at creating in a more universal aspect. The business is about sustainability and the potential to continue to create. I would have loved to have been more versed in that world at the start.
SymplyEbony: Anthony, thank you for SymplyConversating with me today. I can’t wait to immerse myself in more of your projects!
AnthonyGreene: I appreciate the opportunity and the honor. Thanks.
Anthony 's next production, American Comic, will premier in August of 2018!