We had the good fortune of connecting with Christopher Flippo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Christopher, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I’m originally from Rossville, Ga. I went to elementary, middle, and high school there before going to the University of Georgia.
My family and I have always loved movies and watching them together. I come from a long line of movie people, really. Both my father and grandfather were ushers. Storytelling (and a healthy of sense of humor) has always played a central role in the Flippo family. In some ways, pursuing film as a career seemed inevitable.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Right now, we are mostly interested in telling smaller, more personal stories that wouldn’t really be made anywhere else. What’s the point of going indie if you’re just going to imitate what others have done? These are laser-focused, character-driven stories.
Making the two features has not been easy, but the challenges are apart of what makes it so exciting. It’s kind of rarified air, and even coming this far has been an amazing gift. We were only able to overcome those challenges by working together. Film is a team effort, and what may be my weakness may be another person’s strength.
The most important lesson I’ve learned along the way is one of which I’m still constantly reminding myself: to take my time and don’t rush. Film is (hopefully) forever, so why not take that extra month or two and hammer out those details?
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’ve been a La Fonda fan since day one! If someone is visiting Atlanta, I’m always going to throw it out there! Also maybe Fellini’s for lunch? Some others places I dig: Anna’s BBQ, the Majestic Diner, Hattie B’s.
I would definitely say check out an Atlanta United game while you’re here. I’m relatively new to the world of soccer, and I’m by no means an expert, but the fandom inside the Mercedes-Benz is infectious.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
We are two features in, and they wouldn’t exist without Geoff James (actor/producer), Benson Greene (producer/ cinematographer), and Jonathan Hunt (cinematographer). Also, there is a strong community of artists in Dalton they have helped us out tremendously along the way. They include Jan Bramlett, Jeff Burr, and Chase Parker. Both of our features so far have been giant group efforts, and they wouldn’t exist without a talented, supportive community behind us.