Hello, my name is Greg Runnels I have been working in film and theatre production since the early-1990’s. My first experience on set was working as a Location Scout on Finn Taylor's "Dream With the Fishes." It was on that film that I met and became good friends with the DP Barry Stone C.S.C, A.S.C. Barry would go on to lens my first feature that I c0-directed with my brother Mark. I am very proud to say that we shot that film on Super-16 mm. Other Runnels Brothers feature films include and THE LAST ALLEYCAT and PRIDE WAR (documentary) . My animated short film BREAKFAST WITH BUKOWSKI, with music by Tom Waits, won the Slamdance Social Shorties Film Festival in 2012. That short film has been in development hell to be produced as a feature length adult animated film for nearly 10 years.
I currently have an office is San Francisco where Mark and I continue to develop and edit our projects.
It started as a joke. My partner has a seven year old son and my niece has a seven year old daughter and four year old son, so naturally farts are a constant source of humor in our households. I would constantly joke with them that I was going to make a documentary and that they would be my experts. During shelter in place I found myself anxious and decided to make it a reality.
What was fun about this little film was that the parents of all the kids got to participate. Sheltering in place is what really drove the production process of this 2 minute short. Because I couldn't interview the kids, other than my partners kid, I had the parents act as field producers which they all got a kick out of. I sent them all a list of fart questions and they would shoot it with their iphones which delivered various qualities that I feel helped add to the mockumentary feel. I also asked the parents to have their kids sing the "magical fruit" song which I mixed together to play under the end title sequence which was created by my partner's seven year old son.
To date my film has been well received in the film circuit.
To date it has been accepted to seven film festivals and has been a semi-finalist, a finalist and a winner of two including 1st Monthly Film Festival were we won Best Comedy Short Film and Best Ensemble Film. Thank you 1st Monthly Film Festival! Some of the quotes from viewers include " What kid doesn't like to about farts! The kids interviewed are hilarious and the Dr. is informative."
My brother Mark and I are currently in post-production on our documentary feature "Pride War" and continue to develop our Charles Bukowski project as well as other projects.