1.) Born in New York, What ties you to Pittsburgh and your interest to create movies that take place in or around Pittsburgh?
My family moved to Pittsburgh when I was 12 so I went to middle school and high school in Pittsburgh – Reizenstein & Allderdice. I’m attaching an essay I wrote about my relationship with Pittsburgh. It’s published in “Second Lives: Tale of 2 cities”
2.) Has being named “One of 10 filmmakers to watch in 2010” opened up any opportunities for you?
It was a really nice to be recognized like that, it helped me get through the last 4 years of trying to get things together to make these 2 short films, one being “The Immaculate Reception”
I’m the biggest research nerd you’ve ever meet. I loved doing research to see what people wore, had in their houses, how they talked. I went to the Heinz History Center and Allderdice and found year books from 1972 to see how teenagers in Pittsburgh dressed and their slang. I wanted to know slang since slang was such a big part of my life as a teenager, I thought the year books would have some but not so much though
4.) You are currently working on a film that focuses on an infamous playoff game in 1972. What connected you to this story and timeframe?
Some say that Pittsburgh made a faustian bargain – traded a winning football team for the Steeler industry. I’m obsessed with this moment in Pittsburgh history because it’s the moment the Steelers started winning and the time when the Steel industry began to collapse. I just think it’s so heartbreaking thinking about what it must have been like to be a teenager in the 70’s all ready to work in the mills and then it’s like, umm nope, the industry that made this city, yeah it’s gone.
5.) Is this project on schedule with where you expected it to be at this point?
I mean I wish I made it 7 years ago but everything happens when it’s suppose to so…. yeah it is.
6.) Has this film or any others allowed you to connect with any well known celebrities or public figures?
I randomly ran into Franco during our first casting session for Immaculate – crazy exciting, I’m bright red in the picture I got with him.
7.) What can we expect next from you?
I’m finishing and raising money to shoot a feature that’s the 3rd segment of my Pittsburgh Trilogy – see my website www.jacktarfilms.com
8.) Can we expect more films from you that are set in or around Pittsburgh?
Only Pittsburgh – I love the city. I only want to make film there!
9.) Other than film, what other hobbies or careers interest you?
Filmmaking is a lifestyle. It’s what has shaped my life, it’s what helped me stay focus and not fuck up my life. There’s things I love to do but Filmmaking is who I am.
10.) You have seen some success fueling your projects with kickstarter, any advice you can offer others to getting the most out of a kickstarter campaign?
Launching a Kickstarter champaign is a full time job – it means asking everyone you know to give you money. Not everyone is up for that. I personally think it can be fun because it’s also a way to share projects and get people involved in them. I’ve def felt the love with this last Kickstarter campaign but it was also a movie about football so…..
11.) POPGH stands for People of Pittsburgh Going Hard. How do you go hard for your city?
For Pittsburgh? Just come to my house, it’s all Black and Gold. I represent Pittsburgh everywhere I go to everyone I meet!
Shout out to the Pittsburgh based cast and crew who made “The Immaculate Reception“. Films are made by many people not one. I’m thankful everyday for this beautiful group that came together to help me bring my vision to life