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Rising Stars: Meet Clay Bloodworth

Today we’d like to introduce you to Clay Bloodworth.  

Hi Clay, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
I grew up in the panhandle of Florida, near Pensacola, and worked at a small four-screen cinema throughout high school. This is where my love for movies began. I also wrote a weekly movie column for the local newspaper Gulf Breeze News. I specialized in covering some of the smaller independent movies we showed at Tree House Cinema. Unlimited movies at the theater – not to mention popcorn – and I bonded with coworkers by sharing DVDs and conversations. This led me to college at UNC School of the Arts where I studied film directing. I’ve made many short films, but I’m most proud of Alice and Standstill. 

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Definitely not a smooth road. I was in a near-fatal car accident in North Carolina while at school. I was nearly crushed by the other vehicle involved, and it took paramedics super long to get me out of the car. I was in a coma for almost two weeks before opening my eyes. I later learned that I couldn’t walk and would need to learn how to walk again to return to school. Crazy for a twenty-year-old to be faced with this. The physical aspect was my first big hurdle, but I had mental repercussions that came later. I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. 

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I tend to veer towards drama when it comes to filmmaking. I make the kinds of movies that I would see or would want to watch. I write/direct for the most part, which is what I specialize in. I love written dramas that are so lifelike they feel like a documentary. 

What sort of changes are you expecting over the next 5-10 years?
I am not sure where the industry is headed. That’s a tough one. Some people say film is dead, and I wholeheartedly disagree. Movies will always be around. That’s what I think. 

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