Indie film director Michael Eldon Lobsinger, discusses his most recent project , a music video for singer Bruce Donaldson and the sometimes challenging experience of being a filmmaker in South Florida

Palm Beach County is the home of independent film director, Michael Eldon Lobsinger. It is also where his company, Darktooth Films has its headquarters. Lobsinger shared with Art Film File the details of his most recent endeavors, including his ongoing short film Rotten Mangos, and a music video for upcoming artist, Bruce Donaldson.

Director Michael Eldon Lobsinger, (MEL to all who know him), has his hands busy these days with a wide array of projects. Still in the process of shooting his short film, Rotten Mangos, filmed in Lake Worth, Florida Lobsinger additionally directed the latest music video of singer Bruce Donaldson, in collaboration with producer Michael Soper. Filmed in the city of Wellington, in a confined studio space and a crew which MEL himself dubs “me, myself, and I”, the video gives the impression of an old Hollywood classic picture, not solely because of its black-and-white cinematography, but for the unique sense of timeless melancholy combined with graceful camera shots. Actress Catherine Windecker, who has worked with Lobsinger in several projects, including Rotten Mangos, said: “Working with Michael on this film, has been an amazing experience. He is so professional, and wonderful to work with. Most of my experience is in Improv, and film of course is completely different. He has been great in guiding not just me, but the whole cast through the process”.

LAKE WORTH, Florida (14, August, 2015). Director Michael Eldon Lobsinger. (Photo by: Adriana Delgado)
LAKE WORTH, Florida (14, August, 2015). Director Michael Eldon Lobsinger. (Photo by: Adriana Delgado)

Speaking to Lobsinger is always a heartfelt experience because of the love he feels for his profession. He became a film director late in life, starting in his late forties but not for that less dedicated to his craft; if anything, age has made him more of a connoisseur of great film making, having to do much of his work with a minimal film crew, and more often than not, no crew. “I wish I could afford to pay them”, Lobsinger said. “When you’re a student, you do some things for free, but eventually they’re going to want to get paid for their work.”

LAKE WORTH, Florida: (14 August, 2015). Lobsinger pointing out the setup of a particular scene in "Rotten Mangos". (Photo by: Adriana Delgado).
LAKE WORTH, Florida: (14 August, 2015). Lobsinger pointing out the setup of a particular scene in “Rotten Mangos”. (Photo by: Adriana Delgado).

The film industry in Florida is at an all-time low, unable to provide much support for aspiring and upcoming filmmakers, due to staff budget cuts of almost forty percent , according to the Florida Office of Film & Entertainment. Lobsinger is one of many filmmakers who have considered the possibility of moving to Georgia in order to better pursue that which he loves to do. “The Kickstarter funding for Rotten Mangos is gone”, Lobsinger says, “and we still have a couple of nights left to shoot. When it’s a volunteer crew, you have to depend on the schedules of the cast and crew, as opposed to a budgeted film where the shoot depends more on the director’s schedule”.

LAKE WORTH, Florida: (14 August, 2015) Michael Lobsinger inside Common Grounds coffee house, a constant hangout during his many late hours of shooting "Rotten Mangos". (Photo: Adriana Delgado)
LAKE WORTH, Florida: (14 August, 2015) Michael Lobsinger inside Common Grounds coffee house, a constant hangout during his many late hours of shooting “Rotten Mangos”. (Photo: Adriana Delgado)

The music video however, was one of those rare paid jobs, and although Lobsinger didn’t disclose how much he made from it,  it isn’t unreasonable to speculate that in New York or L.A, directors would have charged over double or triple whatever amount Lobsinger was paid for the the high quality video he directed. Indeed, it is gratifying to see that so many qualified film industry professionals  exist in South Florida; however it is terribly dispiriting, that talent such as Lobsinger’s fails to many times be properly recognized, not to mention justly remunerated.

LAKE WORTH, Fl: (August 14, 2015). Lobsinger on the "set" of "Rotten Mangos", a narrow alleyway in Lake Worth, Florida. (Photo by: Adriana Delgado)
LAKE WORTH, Fl: (August 14, 2015). Lobsinger on the “set” of “Rotten Mangos”, a narrow alleyway in Lake Worth, Florida. (Photo by: Adriana Delgado)

Tragically, the lack of opportunities for filmmakers  leaves the many creative minds that reside in Florida out in the dust, with the only option of packing their bags and bidding adieu to the Sunshine State, to look for better opportunities elsewhere.

 

Listen to Art Film File’s Adriana Delgado, talk with Michael Eldon Lobsinger:

 

 

 

Watch Michael Eldon Lobsinger’s new video, starring Bruce Donaldson:

 

 

 

 

 

About ADRIANA DELGADO 67 Articles
Art Film File is a site for cinephiles ,who like myself, have a deep respect, love, and admiration for independent and foreign films of every era. Readers who follow Art Film File are for the most part adverse to the "Hollywood Blockbuster" theorem (although there are many good ones out there) showing instead a strong inclination to connect with films that explore topics such as life, identity and philosophy without necessarily following a neat studio-oriented narrative. In the past, much like it is now, many independent and foreign films get done many times with countless challenges. Small budgets, little or no outside funding and absence of willing distributors are some of the problems that many American and foreign independent filmmakers face regularly. Art Film File acts as a conduit in bringing these films, past and present, to the public's attention. Art Film File is also a site that displays detailed reviews about films they haven't seen as well as for films they have seen and wish to share their own views. I plan to include interviews with filmmakers and actors of indie and foreign films in addition to articles depicting topics of interest for readers who already follow Art Film File and for those waiting to discover it. Adriana Delgado Founder and Blog Manager of Art Film File

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