Part 2 of my series on NJ filmmakers featured PB Bracco of Red Hook Films, who I had the pleasure of meeting during the Garden State Film Festival in April. It was during the festival that I realized I wanted to do a series on filmmakers. I asked PJ (and also Andrew Lilley from part 1 in this series) how it felt to be in a room filled with strangers while they watched your film. PJ said “naked.” I was in the audience to watch his music video We’re in for a Long Night, and I can honestly say that I fully understand that feeling of putting yourself out there and hoping others respond positively to your insanely hard work. This is the struggle that all artists face when they go public with their projects, and I have been in this position myself. Hey, it’s one thing for your mother to say your stuff is good, but when total strangers applaud loudly and spend money on your art — that’s a feeling that can’t be beat!! Clearly PJ is a man of diverse talents and he’s been honing his craft for many years. He had the good fortune to be part of an artistic family who encouraged him along the way, which is a common theme for most of the artists I had interviewed on Jersey Coastal Live. Remember that PJ is also an accomplished musician and plays with the Red Bank Blues Band. Seriously. What doesn’t he do?
We mentioned the 1989 movie The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover — let’s just call this film a very black comedy, but definitely worth checking out. I watched it as part of a dinner and a movie night in a restaurant in Asbury Park. Really. If you know the movie, you’ll understand why this is so crazy.
To listen to the complete interview with Filmmaker PJ Bracco click here.