Hometown boy makes good (film)
At a time when independent films are so chic they’re crossing the road, G.O. Parsons must be the chicest of the chic.
A year after graduating from North Tahoe High School, Parsons, 18, is hitting the festival circuit with a film he made using a digital camera and a laptop computer. His film – “The Suicide Kid: The Mikey Henderson Story” – will premiere next week in Los Angeles as part of the New York International Film Festival, again in New York this fall, and finally at the Portabello Film Festival in London.
“He was a friend of a friend of mine,” Parsons said of the film’s subject, Henderson. “It’s kind of like an autopsy of his life.”
Originally meant to be a 10-minute promotional video for Henderson, a 20-year-old San Bernardino wrestler-cum-actor, the project grew into an hour-and-a-half-plus documentary. The film, which took an estimated 20 days total to put together, was made over the course of this past semester while Parsons was attending Santa Monica College.
Before leaving the hill for Hollywood, Parsons cut his teeth in high school. Using the Sony
camera he got for his 17th birthday, the young filmmaker premiered such works as “Cowboy” – “that’s probably the most popular one” – and “Double ‘O Nothing” – “where we hit a friend of my brother with a car” – at North Tahoe High School.
The pieces Parsons made in high school were shorts, whereas his current “The Suicide Kid” is a full-blown, full-length film. His current film is also a documentary, a genre Parsons said he would like to move away from on future projects.
For now, the young camera-happy Tahoe local is playing it by ear. Parsons said he hopes to do some fateful hobnobbing during the Los Angeles festival, possibly opening doors to future projects, but as of now he’s simply looking forward to more film school in the fall.
“The Suicide Kid: The Mikey Henderson Story” will premier in Los Angeles, July 16, at the Clarity Theatre.
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