Rich Phelps to deliver a Heartwarming Tribute with ‘One Way or Another’ (Fan Fest Exclusive Interview)
One of the most challenging shoes to fill on a film set are those that belong to the Film Director. Essentially, when they are standing on the stage (or rather, film set) their job is to create a masterpiece. Growing up, when I pictured a film set – I always envisioned that the director would be like Vincent van Gogh. In other words, they would be like the artist that brings together all the elements and colors to make that perfect painting. Like a painting, a film takes an incredible amount of time, dedication, patience and a genuine eye for the perfect picture and story.
For Director/Writer Rich Phelps, film has become an incredibly important part of his life – especially when it comes down to capturing that perfect relationship amongst characters. An Indiana native, Rich fell in love with the art of film at a young age and it stuck with him ever since. After taking a dive and moving out to Seattle, he found himself immersed in an incredible career as a professional editor. Rich’s newest short film, titled One Way or Another, is his ‘Starry Night’ in regards to his projects. One Way or Another is based on true events from a story that Rich’s father, a war veteran, would tell to Rich growing up. When Rich’s father, passed away – Rich took those stories (this one in particular) and turned it into a cinematic masterpiece. I have to say, it is films and stories like these that truly grab my heart and mean the most to me.
I absolutely admire when you hear of stories like One Way or Another and you get to see them brought to life on the screen. Truly, there are some great stories out there that are far better than any fiction novel – and I am super excited to hear that not only did Rich’s film air at the River’s Edge International Film Festival in Kentucky, but it will also be making an appearance at the Destiny City Film Festival in Seattle.
After having some great conversations with Rich, I felt as though his story was one that absolutely needed to be told – and I cannot wait for the world to see his film:
It’s the simplest advice in the world. Just go do it. You don’t need huge money. You don’t need fancy tools. And you don’t need permission. Even if you’re just shooting with your phone, the the tools and avenues to tell stories this way are wide open right now. And I say that as a guy who didn’t always do that when I had the chance. I spent a bunch of my early career waiting to attack my personal projects because I thought I didn’t have the resources I needed. I thought everything had to be perfect before I could make something. And because of that, I just didn’t create enough. Losing my dad didn’t jumpstart my creativity… but it sure as hell created a sense of urgency in me. If you’ve got something to say, get out there and say it. There’s no better time than right now.
It was an absolute pleasure speaking with Rich, and if there is one thing I learned from our brief conversations – it is that this guy truly has an incredible eye and passion for film. Following the Destiny City Film Festival, One Way or Another is looking to be released online around March 17th, as a tribute to Rich’s father on what would be his birthday.
If you haven’t seen it yet, be sure to check out the trailer for One Way or Another below:
On a quiet night in a roadside bar, egos and alcohol ignite – sending two friends on a path toward a violent showdown that could forever change both of their lives.
*Based on true events.
Starring – Nick Palmieri, Ray Hopper, David S. Hogan and Joseph P. McCarthy