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Tallgrass filmmaker questionnaire: Justin Johnson, ‘Double Digits’

Justin Johnson, “Double Digits: The Story of a Neighborhood Movie Star’
Justin Johnson, “Double Digits: The Story of a Neighborhood Movie Star’ Courtesy photo

Justin Johnson, director, “Double Digits: The Story of a Neighborhood Movie Star”

Currently residing in: Los Angeles

Genre(s): Documentary, biography

When is it screening? 6:45 p.m. Thursday at the Scottish Rite

Tell us about your film in 10 words or less: The inspiring true story of the Internet’s most inventive filmmaker.

Why were you drawn to tell this story? When I discovered R.G. (or really, he discovered me!) I knew this was an incredible story that more people needed to hear about.

How long did you work on the film? I worked on this film for over three years, so excited to see its North American premiere!

Who are directors you look up to/are inspired by: Chris Smith, the director of “American Movie,” is one of my favorites. Really though, I look more at the films themselves than specific directors. Is that weird?

What’s your favorite film? I’m a huge fan of Wes Anderson’s “Rushmore,” I swear I’ve seen it 20 times.

Do you prefer jumping off a cliff or taking the long, winding way down? Long, winding. I live a “right turn” kind of life for most things.

Been to Wichita before? Several times! This will be my fourth time.

Be honest. Ever mutter the phrase, “Toto, I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore”? Every time we left Kansas after filming for the documentary ... every time.

Any advice for aspiring filmmakers? Surround yourself by people who are better/more talented than you. Offer to help, do a good job, don’t complain.

Anything else you’d like to add? I’m really looking forward to meeting as many people as possible at the festival.